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China denounces Liberal MP Andrew Hastie's Nazi Germany analogy
Adaugat pe 08/08/2019 10:39:47 de freemexy
China has said it “strongly deplores” comments by the Liberal MP Andrew
Hastie comparing the west’s attitude to China to France’s inadequate
defences against Nazi Germany, accusing him of a “Cold War mentality and
ideological bias”.To get more chinese news websites, you can visit shine news official website.

On Thursday morning Labor branded Hastie’s intervention “extreme,
overblown and unwelcome” and Scott Morrison attempted to distance
himself from the backbencher’s remarks.Hastie, who chairs the
parliamentary joint committee on intelligence and security, accused
China in an opinion piece for Nine newspapers of trying to supplant the
US as the dominant power in the Indo-Pacific region.

He argued that Australia needed to balance its security interests with
the US and trade interests with China but suggested remaining “true to
our democratic convictions” and “resetting the terms of engagement with
China to preserve our sovereignty” as the most important goals of
foreign policy.Australia suffered from an “intellectual failure [that]
makes us institutionally weak”, Hastie said, warning that its
sovereignty and freedom would be diminished if it did not confront the
challenge of a rising China.

“The West once believed that economic liberalisation would naturally
lead to democratisation in China,” he wrote. “This was our Maginot Line.
It would keep us safe, just as the French believed their series of
steel and concrete forts would guard them against the German advance in
1940. But their thinking failed catastrophically.“The French had failed
to appreciate the evolution of mobile warfare. Like the French,
Australia has failed to see how mobile our authoritarian neighbour has

Hastie argued that the west had failed to appreciate the role of
communist ideology in China’s foreign policy, comparing this to the
mistaken belief in the rationality of Soviet foreign policy under

“The next decade will test our democratic values, our economy, our
alliances and our security like no other time in Australian history,” he
concluded.In a statement on Thursday the Chinese embassy said: “We
strongly deplore the Australian federal MP Andrew Hastie’s rhetoric on
‘China threat’ which lays bare his Cold-War mentality and ideological

“It goes against the world trend of peace, cooperation and development.
It is detrimental to China-Australian relations.“History has proven and
will continue to prove that China’s peaceful development is an
opportunity, not a threat to the world.“We urge certain Australian
politicians to take off their ‘colored lens’ and view China’s
development path in an objective and rational way. They should make
efforts to promote mutual trust between China and Australia, instead of
doing the opposite.”

Morrison said Hastie was “not a minister in the government” and – while
he was free to speak as a backbencher – the Australian government would
continue to balance its relationship with the US and China.Hastie, a
notorious hawk on China, successfully argued that Huawei should be
locked out of the 5G network owing to security concerns, and used
parliamentary privilege to name a prominent Chinese-Australian as an
alleged co-conspirator in a bribery case.

His comments marked a departure from the government’s rhetoric, with
ministers generally urging calm and cautioning against unwanted
escalation of US-China trade tensions.

On Monday the defence minster, Linda Reynolds, said it was “in no one’s
interests for the competitive relationship between China and the US to
become adversarial”, and Australia valued its relationship with both.On
Thursday Labor’s shadow treasurer, Jim Chalmers, said Hastie’s comments
were “extraordinary … extreme, overblown and unwelcome”.

Chalmers told Radio National Australia had to “navigate what are pretty
complex and multilayered issues – to weigh up all of the economic,
strategic and national security interests. And I think this type of
intervention makes that task harder, not easier.”

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