Ahead of the Australian election, a ruling coalition lawmaker has been accused of “tone deafness”? about anti-chinese sentiments
A senator from Australia’s ruling coalition has been criticized two weeks before the May 21 federal election after thanking Sino-Australians for “bearing racism”.
Speaking to participants at China’s Australian Forum on Friday, Senator of the Liberal Party for New South Wales Andrew Bragg admitted his country is on the rise amid the coronavirus pandemic and tensions in bilateral relations with Beijing. given the number of racist incidents involving Chinese nationals. † He claimed much of the political rhetoric about China had been “at times artless” and stressed that racism was unacceptable.
“Thank you for your steadfastness, thank you for putting up with some immoderate rhetoric at times, thank you for putting up with racism at times. It’s not right,” he said.
These comments immediately sparked outrage among Bragg’s political opponents and social media users, with one saying they show “an awful tone of deafness”.
“It was insulting and insulting to hear that Senator Bragg tried to distance himself from the racist comments and actions of his colleagues, while at the same time appearing to present racism as something inevitable that he thanked us for putting up with State Member of Parliament Jenny Leong said, as quoted by AP.
She also accused Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government of “trying to lure local Chinese communities for electoral advantage, while at the same time stirring up anti-Chinese sentiment to serve their wider political agenda.”
Bilateral relations between Canberra and Beijing took a serious blow in 2020 when the Australian government pushed for an independent inquiry into the causes of the coronavirus pandemic without consulting China, which subsequently labeled the call as “a joke”.
In November 2020, the Chinese embassy released a list of the country’s grievances against Australia, including, in addition to the requested investigation into the origins of Covid, state funding for “anti-China” research, visa issues, raids on Chinese journalists and “forerunners.” ‘ a crusade” on China’s affairs in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Xinjiang.
Tensions between the two countries over the Solomon Islands have increased in recent weeks. Australia, the largest aid donor to the islands, has criticized the draft security pact with China.
Scott Morrison warned that Beijing’s construction of a naval base in the Solomon Islands would be a “red line” for Australia, though he did not specify what his statement meant.
Amid mounting tensions between Australia and China, 18% of Chinese-Australians have been physically threatened or attacked in the past year because of their Chinese ancestry, according to research by the Lowy Institute published in Spring 2021.
Citing numerous incidents involving Chinese nationals, Beijing media is accusing Canberra of “chronic” racism.