China-Australia relations Beijing, November 8. The Australian Institute of Strategic Policy recently released a research report, falsely claiming that China is interfering in the politics of other countries through online activities. Like many China-related reports issued by this think tank before, this is another so-called “academic achievement” full of lies and ideological prejudices, trying to stigmatize China.
The Institute for Strategic Policy claims to be an “independent and non-partisan” research institution, but in fact it has received long-term funding from the US defense, diplomatic agencies and arms dealers. It has a strong anti-China ideology and is keen to concoct and hype various anti-China lies. Acting as a “marionette” for the anti-China forces in the United States.
The opinions and clues in the report either come from reactionary U.S. NGOs or use so-called “witness evidence” that cannot be verified or traced. It lacks factual basis. No academic value, completely contrary to the professional ethics of academic research.
On August 20, 2020, in Sydney, Australia, a customer stands in front of a window displaying the Australian Penfolds brand and the Chinese Moutai brand. (Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Bai Xuefei)
For a period of time, certain Australian institutions and media have published false information and fabricated anti-China “black materials”. The true colors have been increasingly seen by the world. For example, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s current affairs survey program “Four Corners” recently claimed in its reports that China was “interfering” and “infiltrating” Australia.
In fact, the program took out of context and used the interviewee’s words out of context and misleadingly used it. As a result, the interviewee was sued. These institutions and the media have incited anti-China sentiments by discrediting China’s image, “trafficking” lies for their own benefit or to please the “funders”, poisoning China-Australia relations, undermining the foundation of mutual trust between the two countries, and causing interference and influence on bilateral exchanges and cooperation.
In recent years, China-Australia cooperation in the economic, trade and cultural fields has continued to develop in depth. China has been Australia’s largest trading partner for 11 consecutive years; more than 12,000 Australian companies have established branches in China; Chinese students studying in Australia reached nearly 230,000 last year; China is also Australia’s most important scientific research partner. Such a cooperative situation is worth cherishing, and should not become the so-called “evidence” for some anti-China forces to smear Sino-Australian relations.
From the perspective of national interests, more and more people of insight in Australia have made an objective and rational voice on the development of Australia-China relations. Last month, a survey released by the Australian Association of Business Directors showed that the proportion of respondents calling on the Australian government to improve relations with China has doubled in the past six months. Former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating, former Foreign Minister Bob Carr, former ambassador to China Rui Jierui and many other people with rich diplomatic experience with China have all reminded the Australian government to adjust its strategy towards China and not be fooled by anti-China arguments. Kidnapping.
The history of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Australia for more than 40 years has proved that a healthy and stable development of China-Australia relations is in the fundamental interests of the two countries and their peoples. The economies of China and Australia are highly complementary and are natural partners. The growth of bilateral trade volume from less than A$10 billion to A$235 billion last year is the best example. At present, Coronavirus pandemic is still raging and it has caused severe damage to the world economy. China and Australia need to strengthen cooperation to fight the epidemic together and promote economic recovery.
There is an Australian proverb, “Staring at the sun will not be troubled by shadows.” Facts have repeatedly proved that good political relations are the basis and guarantee for pragmatic cooperation between countries. Australia should see the bright prospects for win-win cooperation between Australia and China, and not be encumbered by lies that discredit bilateral relations, meet China halfway, adopt a constructive policy toward China, and push China-Australia relations back on track at an early date.