Australia notes concerns on Chinese port project in Sri Lanka

Australia has noted concerns over a Chinese funded port in Sri Lanka and China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

China funded and jointly operates the Hambantota port.

Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton warned Australia would “call out” foreign interference in universities, as well as cyber hacks and theft of intellectual property (IP), insisting it was the right thing to do, ABC News reported.

It represents some of the strongest language yet from a Federal Government minister on the threat posed by China.

“Our issue is not with the Chinese people, not with the amazing Chinese diaspora community we have here in Australia, my issue is with the Communist Party of China and their policies to the extent that they’re inconsistent with our own values,” Dutton said.

Dutton criticised China’s Belt and Road Initiative, which promises to be the biggest infrastructure project in history.

Roads, railways and sea ports are being built to facilitate trade and link China’s economy to two thirds of the world’s population, with about 7,000 projects to be completed in more than 70 Asian, African and European countries.

“We have got issues in the South China Sea, issues in Sri Lanka in the development of a port there. There is discussion in Pakistan and India on these matters at the moment, issues in Africa as well. The Belt and Road Initiative is well known, the Chinese have laid that out and I think the frank conversation is the right one to have.”

Dutton also defended the Federal Government’s decision to ban Chinese telecommunications company Huawei from supplying equipment to Australia’s 5G mobile network.

“The cyber world that we’re on the cusp of is hardly imagined by many Australians,” he said.

“5G, the internet of things, the connectivity, buildings of devices around the world that will be upon us within a matter of years is part of the reason the Government made a decision not to allow certain vendors into the 5G market.

Immigration Minister David Coleman and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg agreed that in many cases China’s values were inconsistent with Australia’s.

4 COMMENTS

  1. China is a power like any other world power and play for world supremacy through economics and trade whilst some superpowers are destroying helpless countries by interfering in their internal conflicts as mediators.
    China is on its own and is protecting its own interests in countries wherever they are trading or developing.

  2. Last month I spent two weeks in China. The Communist Party of China is not playing a wise game. However, China knows my struggles as a writer in Australia. The Communist Party of China knows about Australian democracy and human rights, especially the struggles of the Australian Aboriginal people. The western countries will continue to push democracy and human rights in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The young Asians will continue to follow the western countries and create disasters for China. Eventually, China may choose to go to war due to the western countries double standards. The damage will be horrific and irreversible if there is a war between the western countries and China. Notably, Australia will pay a high price. Last month the Chinese professor based in Beijing already warned Australia through a TV interview.

    The Australian Government continues to isolate me for making awareness of the Aboriginal people’s hardships. In 2008 the government deleted my citizenship and traumatised me as an illegal immigrant due to my writings. When I reached out to the international community for help, the government silently reinstated my citizenship. Ten years have passed since the government deleted my citizenship, but still, justice has not been served. I have been informing the world about my struggles as a writer, including China. The Communist Party of China squeezed their own people to make money and it has the capacity to punish Australia dangerously. Therefore, it is vital for Australia to uphold democracy and human rights; otherwise, Australia’s undemocratic actions will encourage China to go crazy and innocent Australians will pay a high price.

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