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  • The Chinese Communist Party 

  • Is crushing Australia's economy

  • Will Australia stand up to China?

Or back down

  • Welcome back to China  Uncensored. I'm Chris Chappell.

  • Have you ever wondered what the  world would be like if Twitter had  

  • never been invented?                           

  • Perhaps President Hillary Clinton would be  preparing for her second term in office

  • But that's not the world we live in. Instead,  

  • Twitter was invented. And it's  become an important diplomatic tool

  • And if you're thinking that's a  terrible idea, you would be right.

  • Relations between China and Australia took another  hit on Monday (November 30), after Prime Minister  

  • Scott Morrison demanded a fake image posted onChinese official's Twitter account be taken down.

  • Morrison called a media briefing to condemn the  post which showed an Australian soldier holding  

  • a knife to the throat of an Afghan childand said Canberra was seeking an apology  

  • from Beijing.   

  • The Chinese Communist Party was probably  caught off guard by Morrison's demands,  

  • because the Communist Party is usually the one  that demands apologies from everyone else

  • Which is why China responded that  it was sorry...that Australia sucks.

  • This was the tweet in question, from Chinese  foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian.

  • This is not a real photo. It's a photo  illustration created by a patriotic  

  • Chinese artist whose work has been  boosted by Chinese state-run media.

  • Both the tweet and the image are  about a recent independent report  

  • commissioned by the Australian government. After  a four-year investigation, the report found that  

  • Australian special forces soldiers may have  committed up to 39 murders in Afghanistan

  • Those 19 soldiers are now facing  investigation for their alleged war crimes

  • This has been a huge scandal for AustraliaThe government has pledged to appoint a special  

  • investigator to prosecute the cases and  

  • an independent oversight panel to make  sure the government implements changes

  • Australia has also apologized to Afghanistan.

  • But as far as the Chinese  Communist Party is concerned,  

  • this is a great opportunity  to tear down Australia

  • Zhao Lijian's tweet is the latest example of  what's being calledwolf warrior diplomacy.”  

  • Named after the nationalistic  Wolf Warrior action movies.

  • Wolf Warrior diplomacy really began after Chinese  diplomats started joining Twitter. Of course.

  • Yes, Twitter has somehow managed  to make Chinese propaganda  

  • worse. I didn't think that was even possibleBut then again, twitter makes everything worse.

  • Zhao Lijian became the most famous wolf  warrior diplomat, after he tweeted back  

  • in March that the US military could  have brought the coronavirus to China.

  • Which sparked a lot of media coverage.

  • Frankly, I don't think we should call this wolf  warrior diplomacy. That makes it sound tough and  

  • cool. These Chinese officials are just sending  aggressive tweets to get a rise out of people

  • So let's call it what it  is: Troll Face diplomacy

  • Yes, Zhao Lijian and his fellow  diplomats are just internet trolls

  • And like all internet trolls, they  love the attention they're getting.

  • Now that the Chinese Communist Party has  triggered Australia, the Party is doubling down.

  • But as hard as the Chinese Communist  Party is trying to pwn Australia,  

  • the incident they're mocking them for actually  shows a fundamental difference between  

  • China's authoritarian communist state  and Australia's liberal democracy.

  • The Australian government started an independent  inquiry into the war crimes allegations.  

  • The report was released publiclyThere will be further investigations,  

  • and the individual soldiers involved, the  military, and the Australian government itself  

  • will all face consequences for their  actions. And the public will know about it.

  • It's a big contrast to how the  Chinese Communist Party treats,  

  • for example, any criticism of their  suppression of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.

  • But this incident is just the  latest in a long string of things  

  • that have gone wrong between China and Australia.  I'll tell you what those are after the break.

  • Welcome back. Relations between China  and Australia have been facing a  

  • sharp downturn. And China, to no one's  surprise, says it's all Australia's fault.

  • Obviously it's because Australia just can't  appreciate China's goodwill because Australia  

  • is so evil, according to my favorite  state-run media the Global Times.

  • Yes, the Chinese Communist Party has  so much goodwill towards Australia.  

  • Goodwill that they express through:

  • ramping up a huge trade conflict with Australia;

  • threatening Australian journalists;

  • and warning Australia over its  alliances with other countries.

  • How could Australia be so  ungrateful towards such goodwill?

  • China's “goodwilltowards Australia started  earlier this year after Australia led calls  

  • for an international investigation  into the origins of the coronavirus.

  • Which makes sense, since the Communist  Party is so touchy about the subject  

  • that they're still trying to insist  that the coronavirus came from Italy.

  • Or maybe India.

  • Definitely not from China.

  • But that coronavirus investigation is hardly  the only problem that China has with Australia.

  • In fact, last month, the Chinese embassy  gave Australian media a list of 14 reasons  

  • why China is mad at Australia.

  • Here's the full list.

  • It includes everything from banning Huawei  and ZTE from Australia's 5G networks,  

  • toincessant wanton interference in China's  Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and Taiwan affairs.” 

  • It even includes things that the Australian  government isn't directly responsible for,  

  • like an Australian think tank publishingreport on China's use of Uyghurs as forced labor.

  • And negative news reports on  China from Australian media

  • I mean, if the Chinese Communist Party has  complete control over China's think tanks and  

  • media, then the Australian government should  control their own think tanks and media, too.

  • But the real problem that the  Communist Party has with Australia  

  • goes deeper than that. And I'll tell you  about it after this commercial break.

  • Welcome back. The current conflict between  the Chinese Communist Party and Australia  

  • actually goes back to 2017.  That's when the Australian  

  • government finally realized the extent of  the Chinese Communist Party's infiltration  

  • in Australian politics and society, and  they started to stand up for Australia.

  • Australia was the first Western liberal  democracy to expose the Chinese Communist  

  • Party's influence operations. And that  was a huge problem for the Party

  • And Australia made meaningful changes  to counter China's interference,  

  • including passing  foreign interference laws

  • Of course, that doesn't mean that China's  influence operations in Australia are over.  

  • They are definitely still going on.

  • And we've talked about those a lot on this show.  

  • We even traveled to Australia  back in 2018 to cover the issue

  • But Australia's actions over the years  have had a huge ripple effect. It started  

  • the conversation about China's influence  operations in other liberal democracies

  • And the Chinese Communist  Party cannot let that happen.  

  • Australia has stood up to  the Chinese Communist Party,  

  • so the Party must crush Australiaor other  countries might start getting ideas, too.

  • And the main way that the Party can  crush Australia is economically.  

  • By destroying their exports to China.

  • Like coal.

  • And wine.

  • And lobsters.

  • So once again Australia becomes a test case  for dealing with the Chinese Communist Party.  

  • Will they continue to stand up to China, or  will they back down in the face of pressure?

  • It's not going to be easy.

  • Especially when you have experts  

  • warning that an all-out trade war with China  could cost Australia 6 percent of their GDP.

  • So wouldn't it be a better idea for Australia  to repair its relationship with China?

  • They could make a friendly gesture, like  joining China's Belt and Road Initiative.

  • What could go wrong

  • Look, it will be hard for Australia to stand  up to the Chinese Communist Party on its own.  

  • Which is why its allies should stand by them

  • New Zealand is joining Australia  in denouncing China's tweet.

  • And America is stepping up to the plate, too. Look  at this tweet from the National Security lCouncil.

  • Australian wine will be featured at a White  House holiday reception this week. Pity vino  

  • lovers in China who, due to Beijing's  coercive tariffs on Aussie vintners,  

  • will miss out. Hashtag Aussie  Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi!

  • Wow, I can't believe I just read that out loudGood for America for supporting Australia.  

  • Could we just do it...not on Twitter?

  • And now it's time for me to answer a question  from one of you, a supporter of the show  

  • on the crowdfunding website  Patreon. Roy E Fitts asks:

  • Hey Chris, new patron here. if Biden  does win the white house do you  

  • think the news and proof about the organ  harvesting that's been getting attention  

  • will be silenced and or discredited  by the Biden administration?

  • The reality is that the Biden Administration  

  • wouldn't have to actively silence or  discredit the organ harvesting issue.  

  • All they would have to do is ignore it, the  same way that previous administrations have.

  • The Chinese Communist Party has been  harvesting organs from prisoners of  

  • conscience for more than 20 years nowAnd the evidence of that keeps growing

  • But it's much easier for governments,  

  • and corporations, and people to ignore  that evidence. Because if it were true,  

  • then we couldn't treat China like a normal country  that we should all be doing business with.  

  • And based on our recent episode looking  at Biden's foreign policy advisors and  

  • their views on China, I wouldn't hold my  breath for the Biden administration to  

  • go around talking about organ harvesting  and why it should be stopped

  • Roy, thanks for your question. Your  

  • extremely depressing question. And thank  you for being a new patron of the show.

  • If you'd like to support China Uncensored just  like Roy, join our 50 cent army on Patreon.  

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  • You know, Youtube censorship  has been getting worse lately.  

  • And we took a risk with this episode by  showing you Zhao Lijian's tweet earlier,  

  • which could get this episode age restricted  by Youtube. So thank you again for watching,  

  • sharing, and supporting the show. We  wouldn't be able to do this without you.

  • Once again I'm Chris Chappell, see you next time.

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