søndag 4. april 2021

One of Beijing's biggest Australian supporters urges Canberra to cut ties with China

A former state trade minister who was once one of Beijing's biggest supporters Down Under is now calling on Australia to sever economic ties with China. Tom Kenyon backed the 'mute and intimidating' Chinese consulate in suburban Adelaide just a half-hour drive from one of Australia's most important naval bases years earlier.

But now he fears the authoritarian regime is ramping up its military might across the Asia Pacific as it grows increasingly belligerent during the coronavirus pandemic. The ex-minister who served under the South Australian Weatherill Labor Government said there was no point pretending the relationship between the two once-friendly nations can be repaired - or that there is any value in salvaging it.