China has once again slammed former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and doubled his criticism following Abbott’s visit to Taiwan, where he accused Beijing of being a bully.
- China has formally complained to Canberra about Abbott’s remarks
- In another crackdown on Mr Abbott’s comments, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said his remarks were “immoral, irresponsible and doomed to be unpopular”
- The spokesman also rejected the Indian Army’s statement that China was not doing enough to end a 17-month border stance.
At a conference in Taiwan last week, former Prime Minister Abbott expressed enthusiastic support for the island, which China claims.
“Nothing is more urgent right now than solidarity with Taiwan,” he said at the time.
The former prime minister also aimed at China’s expanding control over Hong Kong, its treatment of Uighurs and the country’s troubled trade relations with Australia.
“It has intensified cyber espionage against its own citizens, annulled popular personalities in favor of a cult of the Red Emperor, brutalized Indian soldiers in the Himalayas, forced other plaintiffs into its eastern seas and flown increasingly intimidating sorties against Taiwan,” Abbott said in Taipei. on Friday.
Shooting back at a daily news briefing on Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the comments had “seriously violated the principle of a China and sent a seriously wrong signal”.
“The remarks of the individual Australian politicians are extremely absurd, [and] totally confusing right and wrong, “Zhou said.
“We urge the affected person in Australia to abandon Cold War thinking and ideological bias, respect basic facts, look at China and its development objectively and rationally, and stop taking irresponsible remarks.”
Zhou said Beijing had made “formal complaints” to Canberra.
Sir. Abbott’s visit was just days after China conducted a four-day mass airstrike in Taiwan’s air defense identification zone.
Like most countries, Australia has no official diplomatic relations with Taiwan, which maintains that it is an independent country.
Recently, Beijing has introduced official and unofficial trade barriers against Australian products, including wine, coal and barley, following Australia’s call for an independent inquiry into the origins of COVID-19.
The border tension between China and India is pulling out
As for the tensions at the border between China and India, Zhao rejected an Indian military declaration in which he criticized China for not making “forward-looking proposals” during the recent military commander negotiations that were to end a 17-month border stop.
Zhao said the statement was “unfounded” and China had made “major efforts” to cool tensions in the border area.
“We hope that the Indian side will not misjudge the situation, safeguard the hard-won situation now in the border area, abide by the relevant agreements, treaties and consensus between the two militaries,” Zhao said.
Indian and Chinese army commanders met on Sunday and discussed steps to free troops from key friction areas along their disputed border.
A written statement on Monday from a Chinese military spokesman said “the Indian side is sticking to unreasonable and unrealistic demands and adding difficulties to the negotiations”, while the Indian army said it had made “constructive proposals” but China was not “acceptable”. .
ABC / AP