Why Australia Should Respond to China’s Provocations With Self-Reliance

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a news conference with President Donald Trump at the White House, in Washington, Sept. 20, 2019 (AP photo by Patrick Semansky).
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a news conference with President Donald Trump at the White House, in Washington, Sept. 20, 2019 (AP photo by Patrick Semansky).

Australia’s government had a minor meltdown last week, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison calling an impromptu press conference to demand an apology for a “repugnant” Twitter post by a Chinese government spokesperson that contained a doctored image of an Australian soldier holding a knife to an Afghan child’s throat. The image, which Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian tweeted from his verified account, had a caption that read, “Don’t be afraid, we are coming to bring you peace.” Zhao’s accompanying text in the Twitter post expressed shock at the death of Afghan civilians and prisoners at Australian hands, calling for […]

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