Beijing’s lies and taunts are a challenge the world must confront

Beijing’s lies and taunts are a challenge the world must confront. By the Editorial Board of The Australian newspaper.

If he had deliberately set out to make a fool of himself and the regime he represented, senior Chinese “wolf warrior” Zhao Lijian could not have done better than claim Australia had been operating concentration camps on Manus Island. Nothing could be more absurd or demonstrably further from the truth. …

Lying leftist in Beijing teams up with local leftists

As of last month the number of refugees and asylum-seekers in Papua New Guinea and Nauru had fallen to 240, with 960 people resettled in the US, Cambodia and other countries since 2015. Of those asylum-seekers and refugees still on the islands, almost all are living in Port Moresby and Nauru communities. The Manus Island processing centre was closed in 2017. The Nauru processing centre does not house any asylum-seekers at present. …

Yet in the weird and fanciful world of Mr Zhao’s blatant lies and concocted disinformation targeted against Australia and Australians, the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Information Department deputy director would have the world believe “tens of thousands of people from war-torn countries” have been accommodated in concentration camps.

“The Australian government built detention centres on the Manus Island, which ‘accommodates’ tens of thousands of people from war-torn countries. The concentration camps, as some critics call it, are still in operation,” he tweeted on Wednesday in response to global outrage over China’s appalling treatment of its Uighur minority. …

Mr Zhao’s colleague Hua Chunying doubled down on the vilification, targeting Foreign Minister Marise Payne for expressing the Morrison government’s “grave concern” about “severe human rights” abuses against ethnic Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang. Ms Hua raised issues about alleged Australian war crimes in Afghanistan, White Australia policy, the Stolen Generations and treatment of Indigenous people. …

The politically ambitious Mr Zhao … has form: he was the facilitator of last November’s outrageous fabricated image of an Australian soldier allegedly slitting the throat of a young Afghan girl. …

On Thursday, his Beijing propaganda machine was again in full flight abusing the 27 EU nations, Britain and Canada, lashing out at them as China imposed unprecedented travel and trade bans on members of parliament, academics, ambassadors and think tanks that dared to criticise China over the Uighurs.

Similar to the recent diplomatic spat in Alaska, the communist regime in Beijing is merely repeating the lies the domestic western left tells us. In the case of the Biden Government there is a certain poetic justice, because they told so many of those same lies and exaggerations to get into power. What goes around comes around.

For years, lefty organizations like Amnesty International have criticized mostly western countries. Their lies, omissions, and exaggerations are coming home to roost now, via the international lefties in Beijing.