Tag: China-Australia Relations

Solomon Islands Strikes Deal to Build 161 Huawei Towers With $66 Million Chinese Loan

The Solomon Islands government has agreed to a 448.9 million yuan (US$66.15 million) loan from the Chinese state-owned Export-Import Bank of China to fund the construction of 161 towers by controversial telecommunications giant Huawei. In response, defence expert Michael Shoebridge has warned that Beijing is “moving fast and in a broad way” in the South…


The Unfathomable Consequences of the ‘One China Policy’

Commentary On Aug. 10, the Chinese Ambassador to Australia, Xiao Qian, used the opportunity of an address to the National Press Club in Canberra to bemoan the fragile relationship between Australia and China and to comment upon Australia’s Taiwan policy. By any standard, the comments of the ambassador were bellicose and uncompromising. He noted that…


Australian Energy Minister Hopes US-China Climate Talks Can Be ‘Ring-Fenced’ From Taiwan Tensions

Australian Energy Minister Chris Bowen is hoping Washington and Beijing can “ring-fence” the growing tensions over Taiwan and continue climate change talks after they were shuttered by the Chinese Communist Party in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) visit to Taiwan. Beijing announced its “countermeasures” in response to Pelosi’s high-profile visit on Aug. 5…


Australian Defence Minister Calls for ‘Normal Peaceful Behaviour’ in Taiwan Strait

Australia’s Defence Minister and Acting Prime Minister Richard Marles has called for a “return to normal peaceful behaviour” in the Taiwan Strait amid growing tensions in the region following China carrying out several military drills and a diplomatic visit by U.S. House Speaker to Taiwan. Marles said the Labor government wants to maintain its “one China policy”…


No More Reviews: Veteran Affairs Advocate Says Defence Force Needs Overhaul

It was customary for soldiers of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to “break in” their standard combat boots. “There were not many people who actually had to carry packs and equipment long distances who didn’t have to bash these boots in to make sure they didn’t hurt their feet,” said Heston Russell, a former special…


Detained Australian Journalist Cheng Lei Has No Access to Family: Partner

The partner of detained Chinese-Australian journalist Cheng Lei has accused Chinese Ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian of lying when he said the journalist had access to her family. Speaking at Australia’s National Press Club on Aug. 10, Xiao said the basic rights of Australian citizens detained in China were protected. “There are a couple of…


Taiwanese to Undergo ‘Re-Education’ If Beijing Were to Take Over: Chinese Ambassador

The Chinese Ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian has told a room full of journalists that Beijing will use any force necessary to bring Taiwan under its control. The comments came during an address to the National Press Club on Aug. 10, when Australian journalists pressed the Chinese regime’s representative about the current tensions in the…


Taiwan Would Undergo ‘Re-Education’ If Beijing Were to Take Over: Chinese Ambassador

The Chinese Ambassador to Australia, Xiao Qian, has told a room full of journalists that Beijing will use any force necessary to bring Taiwan under its control and that once under the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) rule would undergo some form of re-education. The comments came during an address to the National Press Club on…


Senator Says Press Club Should Not Give Chinese Ambassador Platform to Spread ‘Lies and Disinformation’

Former major general, now-Senator Jim Molan, has called on the National Press Club to refrain from giving the Chinese Embassy further opportunities to “spread its lies and disinformation.” His comments come after the Chinese Ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian addressed the country’s Press Club on Aug. 10—at the invitation of CEO Maurice Reilly and Director…


Solomons PM Claims Election Delay a ‘One-Off’

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has assured Australian Pacific Minister Pat Conroy that his attempt to delay the country’s next election will be a “one-off.” The move comes after experts warned that Sogavare—who has cultivated deep ties with Beijing—could be emboldened to tighten control over the Pacific nation, a key goal of the Chinese…