17.10.20. Of course the ANU being full of woke socialists wouldn’t have a clue what the word “patriotic” means. They have never exhibited gratitude for a society that was built and fought for generations ago allowing them the freedoms to tear it all down. With such ingrates everything is demanded without any obligation—they are the entitlement mob. Reading this crap published by the ABC indicates the mindset of many Chinese in Australia—we saw them line up to go on board the Chinese warships that crept into Sydney Harbour last year—fully armed, locked and loaded to intimidate. See here and here. The Chinese community knew the ships were coming—they were instructed to bring baby formula and milk powder and they did. Senator Abetz was correct in his questioning about loyalty and they, the whingers failed the test. No bloody patriotism there—except to the CCP.
Chinese Australians say questions from Senator Eric Abetz about their loyalties are not asked of other communities
Questioning Chinese Australians about their loyalties will discourage many in the community from engaging in politics and could silence people from speaking out, a leading China expert says.
ANU’s China Story blog editor and director of the not-for-profit China Policy Centre Yun Jiang was one of three Chinese Australians who was repeatedly quizzed about whether they condemned the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), during a Senate Committee hearing on Wednesday.
The trio had made submissions to the committee, which had been convened to explore issues facing diaspora communities, and Ms Jiang attended to speak further about the points she had raised.
But she was blindsided when Tasmanian Liberal senator Eric Abetz swung his focus to what he said was “not a difficult question”.
“Can I ask each of the three witnesses to very briefly tell me whether they are willing to unconditionally condemn the Chinese Communist Party dictatorship?”
Yun Jiang knows at least one person who has decided to withdraw from public hearings after Wednesday’s questioning.(Supplied)
Ms Jiang said the question surprised her, as it did not seem to be within the scope of the inquiry.
“Instead of talking about the issues I have raised, it came to this,” she said.
“It was a very jarring experience.”
As an experienced researcher into the Chinese diaspora in Australia, Ms Jiang had three topics she wanted to discuss.
In her opening statement, she told the committee they were: “the PRC’s (People’s Republic of China) intimidation of individuals in Australia, foreign interference and its implications for the diaspora community, and the underrepresentation of Chinese Australians in policymaking and public commentary about policy issues.”
The chilling effect of the debate on China and Australia relations
Australia’s bilateral relationship with China has soured over the past decade.
One of Ms Jiang’s fellow speakers, Osmond Chiu, refused to answer the questions.
From her perspective, trying to compel people to condemn the Chinese Government could increase barriers to Chinese Australian community members participating in democratic processes.
“We are questioning the loyalty of Chinese Australians before we even speak to them,” she said.
“They are no longer fully part of the community.
“The effect will be to discourage Chinese Australians from becoming politically engaged in a public way.”
And while Ms Jiang would front another Senate committee as she feels she has a responsibility to do so, she said she knows of a Chinese Australian person who has changed their mind about such things following Wednesday’s hearing.
“I know personally someone who has pulled out of public hearings,” she said.
Senator Abetz has previously spoken about how his German ancestry and family history made him “an easy target”.
When asked if he had needed to defend his loyalties to Australia, he told the inquiry yesterday he was astounded and had been subjected to “terrible trolling”.
“If you’re German, like myself, you must be a fascist by birth, irrespective of what your public utterances might be,” he said.
“In nearly every single interview that I do unequivocally condemning the Chinese Communist Party, I stress that this is not a condemnation of the Chinese people.
“I believe that they are just as freedom-loving as every other human being on the planet — but that I am condemning the regime under which they suffer, just as much as not all Germans were Nazis.”
The ABC has sought comment from Senator Abetz.
Questions of loyalty not directed at other community members
Ms Jiang said no other members of diverse communities who spoke to the committee were grilled about their political allegiances.
“Chinese Australians should be treated the same way as all other Australians,” she told the inquiry.
“It is not fair they be suspected of foreign interference for having appeared at an event.
“It is not fair their loyalty be questioned for having a certain political view.
“And it is not fair to force them to take positions of political action, such as critiquing Beijing, when similar requests are not made to other Australians.”
Having been repeatedly critical of the Chinese Government, Ms Jiang wondered why she was being asked to make such a statement.
“I have made many public statements about the issue already,” she said.
“My public statements are often critical of China.”
But Ms Jiang said it should not matter if she had publicly condemned the Chinese Government.
“No one should be subject to such questioning, no matter whether they have criticised the Chinese Government or not,” she said.