The ever-inflammatory Global Times ignited the interwebs by calling Australia a nation “once roamed by rascals and outlaws from Europe” in response to Australian criticisms of China, and Aussie PM Tony Abbott’s buddying up to Japan’s Shinzo Abe. Check out these excerpts from China’s endlessly entertaining state-rag:
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop appalled Chinese people on Wednesday by saying that Australia will “stand up to China to defend peace, liberal values and the rule of law,” and “China doesn’t respect weakness.”
It just added fuel to the outrage caused by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s earlier comments on Japanese submariners involved in the attack on Sydney Harbor in 1942, in which Abbott said he “admired the skill and the sense of honor” of the Japanese troops.
…..Australia’s history is not short of records of human rights infringement on the aboriginal population. The country used to be a place roamed by rascals and outlaws from Europe. Perhaps it has to boast its values to cover up its actual lack of confidence in front of Western countries.
The comments came shortly after Shinzo Abe’s visit to Australia, during which the Australian PM praised Japan’s WWII assault on Sydney harbor with the statement, “We admired the skill and the sense of honour that they brought to their task although we disagreed with what they did.” Which, to be be fair to GB (though we don’t want to), did seem nauseatingly brown-nosey and inauthentic. [We wonder if the US says the same about Japanese actions in Pearl Harbor when greeting Abe].
During the visit, Abe and Abbot cinched major free trade and security deals, including the sharing of defense technology.
Still, the Global Times didn’t seem as perturbed by the WWII comment or the Aussie-Japan BFFing, as they were by FM Julie Bishop’s aforementioned ‘slight’, of which they said:
“Bishop’s verbal provocation made her look more like one of the often pointless “angry youths” found in the Chinese cyber sphere than a diplomat.”
Skewer away, faithful Shanghai commentariat.
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