A Chinese diplomat has stated that “China is angry,” at Australia, before continuing to say that “if you make China the enemy, China will be the enemy.”
The heated comments follow the release of a list of issues that China has with Australia, which included the banning of Huawei, Australia’s calls to investigate the origins of the coronavirus, comments made regarding the South China Sea, and Australia’s vocal disavowal of China’s “gross human rights violations” in the Xinjiang region.
The Chinese diplomat continued to ask “why should China care about Australia?”
News of the souring relationship between China and Australia, in addition to the list of grievances provided by China, have enraged Australian officials, with Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison responding:
“In that list you would’ve seen the media and freely elected politicians apparently aren’t allowed to speak their minds, well, we won’t be changing that in Australia either.”
“We’ll continue to be ourselves, we’ll stand up for our national interests, but we’ll engage with our partners respectfully.”
The news follows escalation tensions between China and Taiwan, in which the U.S. Government has recently approved a USD $1.8 billion weapons sale to Taiwan in order to de-escalate the situation.