Last year, Dictator Dan said that Victoria would become ‘China’s gateway to Australia.’
Well it appears Victoria has also become Australia’s gateway to human rights abuses.
This week it has been revealed that Dictator Dan recruited a Chinese state-owned company, CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles to build 65 new high-capacity metro trains for Melbourne – even though the same company was banned in the United States over security fears.
It gets even worse.
CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles is tied to China’s Belt and Road Initiative - a project NATO’s economic and security committee claimed, ‘posed a challenge to Western values.’
And a report from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute in March found that the Chinese manufacturer in question is one of 82 companies benefitting from the use of Uighur workers.
In fact, Michael Schoebridge of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute went so far as to say that:
'The Victorian government's BRI activities are simply out of step with the new international and economic environment, including the now openly coercive directions that Beijing is taking with Canberra over trade and in government relations.'
Victorian Labor Senator Kimberley Kitching, member of the bipartisan China-sceptic group of politicians called ‘The Wolverines,’ agreed, saying that:
That’s right Senator.
If only the rest of your Party felt the same way as you – or had the guts to truly speak their mind.
It’s now getting to the point whereby mainstream Australian’s are wondering where Dictator Dan’s true allegiance lies.
In reference to his collaboration with Beijing and its Belt and Road Initiative, Andrews said that it ‘highlights Victoria’s desire to work collaboratively with China.’
Sounds familiar doesn’t it?
Just this morning, the Herald reported that Fu Ying, China’s former ambassador to Australia has called for an end to the ‘confrontation and abusive language’ and that ‘both countries need to show their sincerity and courage to get out of the current dilemma.’
Well with all due respect Fu, where was all the ‘sincerity’ and ‘courage’ when the Editor of The Global Times – a newspaper under the auspices of the Chinese Communist Party – said Australia ‘is a bit like chewing gum stuck on the sole of China’s shoes’?
Where was your desire for ‘collaboration’ when one of your top academics said Australia ‘risks becoming the poor white trash of Asia’?
How can you speak of the need to end ‘confrontation and abusive language’ when your Consul-General in Brisbane, Xu Jie praised violent attacks on 21-year-old university student Drew Pavlou as ‘patriotic’?
It is hardly surprising to see such hypocrisy coming from a communist regime, for in these systems of government, truth and reality are not valued as they have the potential to undermine the Party line.
Perhaps this is why on the one hand, Daniel Andrews will say that Victorians should ‘cherish the diversity that makes us a stronger community,’ while on the other hand claiming that the ‘collective expertise and experience’ of Chinese companies (such as using the forced labour of ethnic minorities) ‘align precisely with our current agenda’.
Ah, the irony.