Zhao Lijian of the Chinese Foreign Ministry is a man not to be trifled with. Fearless, aggressive, and outspoken, he personifies China’s new “wolf warrior” diplomacy. Articulate and erudite, he can transform at will to bare his fangs and make lesser nations cower. He commands respect.
Actually, that’s not quite true.
Zhao is a piss and wind functionary, a bureaucrat perfectly suited to serving a totalitarian government. Wolf warrior? More a propaganda panda.
Think of Squealer from George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’, the obsequious manipulator who, at the behest of his master, Napoleon, spreads disinformation throughout the socialist collective to bolster the supremacy of his fellow pigs.
There is a certain talent required for such a position, and that is being able to repeat risible lies with a straight face. It also requires a complete lack of scruples, and Zhao is your man. He has accused Canada of committing genocide after that country criticised China’s treatment of ethnic Muslim Uighurs, and he has promoted rumours that the COVID-19 pandemic originated in the United States.
Having last year tweeted a manufactured image of an Australian soldier slitting the throat of an Afghan child, the unrepentant Zhao claimed last week the Morrison Government was detaining “tens of thousands of people from war-torn countries” on Manus Island. Never mind that island’s processing centre closed in 2017. “The concentration camps, as some critics call it, are still in operation,” Zhao tweeted.
Like many of history’s infamous apologists, Zhao knows the most effective propaganda, however outrageous, is that which contains a modicum of truth. His reference to “critics” labelling immigration detention centres “concentration camps” is fact.
For the last 20 years, this has been standard practice for refugee advocates and other opponents of conservative governments, thus providing the Chinese Communist Party with an abundance of material to demonise Australia.
The local left’s exaggerations are coming home to roost. Well done, we’re all so impressed with your virtue signalling.
hat-tip Stephen Neil