Australia: End US alliance and pivot to China, says overseas Chinese society, by Primrose Riordan.
In a foreign policy white paper submission made to the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Chinese Australian Services Society said Australia should stop being America’s “deputy sheriff” in the Asia Pacific.
La Trobe University China expert Nick Bisley said the submission showed the soft influence of the Chinese government on community organisations.
China recently banned foreign non-government organisations operating in China from any political or religious activities “at odds with the Chinese government” and from any activities that “undermine or damage China’s national interests”, forcing some of them to close.
The Chinese Australian Services Society employed 191 people in 2015 and runs ageing, disability, migrant settlement, vocational education and childcare services across at least 10 centres in Sydney.
In its submission, CASS urged the Turnbull government to “reconsider Australia’s involvement in the US alliance” and strengthen the country’s relationship with China in order to ensure “sustainable prosperity”.
Yeah? What did the other childcare providers say?
In response to questions from The Australian, CASS honorary executive director Henry Pan said the society was an Australian NGO that had simply received an award from the Chinese government. “We are an Australian organisation with our primary aim to serve the communities in Australia,” Mr Pan said.
“We are not ‘accredited’ by the Chinese government in any way … we have been awarded the title of ‘Overseas Chinese Service Centre’ simply because we have been serving the Chinese community, just like we have been praised by many Australian politicians in the federal and state parliaments.”
Mr Pan confirmed CASS had recently received a Chinese government grant.
The Saudi Government funds its brand of Islam and mosque building in Australia, the Chinese government wants us to get along with its communism, and Australia participates big time with Western multinationals. Is Australia ripe for ideological competition, because it is a small and open society with high immigration?
hat-tip Stephen Neil