China takes a brutal swipe at Scott Morrison ahead of Penny Wong’s visit: ‘Deliberately created trouble out of nothing’
- Foreign minister Penny Wong heads to Beijing this week to visit her counterpart
- It coincides with the 50th anniversary of Australia’s diplomatic ties with China
- Chinese publication The Global Times slammed the last two Australian govts
- It said the Morrison and Turnbull govts enacted ‘narrow’ and ‘stupid’ policies
Senator Wong will become the first Australian government minister since 2019 to travel to China.
She will meet with her counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing on Tuesday and Wednesday, in a visit that coincides with the 50 year anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries and Gough Whitlam’s visit.
Her trip follows the meeting between Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Bali last month, after years of strained tension between the two countries.
China has hit out at the ‘radical, narrow, erroneous and stupid’ policies of the last two Australian governments
The Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece The Global Times slammed the Morrison and Turnbull administrations, saying both governments had ‘deliberately created…trouble out of nothing’
‘The radical, narrow, erroneous, and stupid China policies of the last two Australian administrations have seriously damaged the friendly and cooperative atmosphere accumulated in China-Australia relations for decades,’ the publication said.
‘The twists and turns and difficulties that China-Australia relations have experienced in the past years are completely unnecessary and purely manufactured.’
It then added that China was now ‘enjoying a more collaborative working relationship with the Albanese government’
‘This year can be marked as a year when China-Australia relations broke through. We certainly expect that the relationship between the two countries can get out of the predicament and turn around.’
China said there remain difficulties to the bilateral relations, and said Canberra needed to continue to show ‘verbal goodwill and substantial actions’.
Opposition foreign affairs spokesman Simon Birmingham said the visit was a ‘test’ of whether Senator Wong could salvage the relationship with China.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese met with Chinese President Xi Jinping last month in a sign of easing tension. Picture: Twitter
Senator Birmingham said Australians would be looking to see whether Senator Wong could ensure meaningful action in regards to trade sanctions and the detention of Australians like Cheng Lei.
He noted China appeared to be moving away from ‘wolf warrior diplomacy’.
‘There seems to be a change at present from China in terms of their international engagement,’ he said.
Hervé Lamahieu from the Lowy Institute on Tuesday told ABC News that the mere act of setting foot on Chinese soil was a success.
‘In terms of concrete deliverables that the Foreign Minister can expect to achieve in Beijing, we have to manage our expectations there,’ he said.
‘These are early steps in the stabilisation of the relationship, not quite the normalisation nor a full reset but we will have to wait and see.
‘The ball is in China’s court. Australia has illustrated it is willing to engage productively without necessarily giving up grounds, and we will see what happens.’