Now more than ever it is important that Australians understand the diverse perspectives within the Australian Chinese community. ‘Views in Chinese’ translates key articles from a range of Chinese-language media outlets in Australia on issues regarding the Australia-China relationship, and noteworthy articles about the People’s Republic of China (PRC). These are not the views of China Matters. Until January 2018, ‘What does China say about…’ pointed out articles from PRC state media and sources close to the PRC in both Chinese and English to draw attention to PRC positions on a range of issues.

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The following is a translation of a WeChat (微信) post by Australian Red Scarf (澳洲红领巾), a media platform which covers Australian life style issues and interesting topics for international students:

“The consulates of China in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth) issued a letter of warning to all Chinese students studying abroad in Australia just yesterday!

The complete name is [2018 Warning No. 1 for Study Abroad ] and the entire text is as follows:

There have been numerous incidents of attacks on the persons and property of Chinese students studying abroad throughout Australia recently. All Chinese students studying abroad in Australia should be vigilant, strengthen risk prevention, and pay attention to their personal protection. If you encounter a dangerous situation please report it to the police immediately and promptly contact the Chinese embassy in Australia for assistance.

Pu Xiaojun, consul of the Chinese Consulate General in Sydney, also gave a speech on the frequent recent incidents of attacks on ethnic Chinese saying: “Australia has always given the impression of peace and democracy. However, the recent frequent series of violent incidents have seriously discredited this image. As a host country, Australia should provide effective protection and assistance to international students and Chinese ethnic groups.  It should effectively guarantee the protection of the persons and property of overseas students and ethnic Chinese.”

At the same time Pu Xiaojun also said that the Chinese government has always attached importance to the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens overseas and will provide Chinese citizens with consular protection. We hope that when anyone is in danger, they will first report to the police and promptly seek help from the consulate.

It is not without reason that the Embassy is so anxious!

First of all, the recent attacks overseas are really frequent.  As of today’s Chinese New Year’s Eve, a horrible shootout took place at a school in the northern hemisphere! It was directly aimed at student groups …..

Let’s take a closer look at the scene:

Today is Chinese New Year’s Eve, which should have been celebrated all over the whole world.  But instead there was a violent attack that shocked the world: a U.S. high school was wildly shot by a masked gunmen and 17 people were killed!”

Following this was a recap of several examples of violent or racist incidents involving Chinese international students in Australia.

[Note: There were copies of the embassy warning on the websites of each of the PRC consulates in Australia – Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth – as well as on the embassy website itself.  There were slight differences on each of the websites, some attributing the warning to the PRC Ministry of Education with an effective date for the warning until 14 May 2018. At time of publication, no official English translation of the warning had been posted on the websites of the PRC embassy or consulates].

Translation by: Chris R. Lanzit, NAATI Certified Professional Translator (Chinese-English), NAATI Practitioner ID: CPN0BC84W

Date of translation: 16 February 2018

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The following is a translated excerpt from an article published in the Vision Times (看中国) on PRC government interference in Australia. This article represents the author’s personal views alone and is not endorsed by China Matters in any way:

Title: Australian counter-attack starts with Prime Minister Turnbull saying “We stand up!”

“In the past two or three decades, democracies like the United States and Australia have been tempted by the huge economic opportunities inherent in “the rise of China.” They have been led on by the seemingly rational idea of “political correctness” to give up their adherence to basic western values and ignore the long-term interests of the state. They have blurred the line between right and wrong, foolishly playing by gentleman’s rules in dealing with untrustworthy scoundrels. In order to be politically correct, politicians in the West do not say what they should say and do not dare to do what they should do. They have patiently given way despite the loss of dignity to their countries by sucking up to the CPC’s dictatorship.”


Over the years, the mainstream media in Australia have not been asleep and they have noticed the infiltration by the CPC. For example, when on the eve of the 2008 Olympics, they reported that thousands of Chinese, mainly overseas students, displayed red-character posters [of Maoist sayings] in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. For example, in 2009, when Joel Fitzgibbon, the then Australian Defence Minister, was trapped with Chinese businesswoman Helen Liu, who had a deep relationship with the Chinese military and the Foreign Affairs Development Department, for accepting $20,000 Australian dollars in election funding, two trips in First Class to China, staying in five-star hotels and so on. Also, when it reported several times on the arrest of Liu Xiaobo for Charter 08, his winning the Nobel Peace Prize, Liu Xia’s [his wife’s] placement under house arrest and Liu Xiaobo’s death; when Ai Weiwei held an exhibit in Melbourne, but a well-known toy manufacturer caused public anger in Australia by refusing to accept his order. And when thousands of Chinese people in Melbourne last year ( ABC reported over 2,000 but they claimed 5,000) went to the streets to protest an international ruling from the Côte d’Ivoire – for which the Australian Foreign Minister had publicly expressed support – which was against China’s island building activities in the South China Sea, etc, etc.

However, fragmented reports achieve nothing. Australians open their mouths in fragments but nothing comes out, so peace is restored in fragments.

Malcolm Davis, Defence Research Specialist at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, said: “Beijing is trying to threaten us and wants us to recognise that it is reasonable and lawful that the Chinese government infiltrate and deliberately play at controlling Australia’s politics and political debate. Beijing’s goal is to make good the relationship between Australia and China. In the long term to eventually end the alliance with the United States. Everyone has long seen what China is, except that we are now starting to fight back against them.”

The difference is that now we are starting to fight them back!

Australia has many loopholes in areas such as academic freedom, freedom of speech, freedom of publication, the identification of basic values, and the legal system. It faces severe challenges. However, it’s never too late. Now that the bacterial source has been discovered, can a cure be that difficult?”

[Note on the source: Vision Times (看中国) is a Chinese language weekly newspaper. It was founded in 2001 as a website, www.secretchina.com. It began publishing weekly print versions in major US cities and Australia. Each local edition is published independently by a local affiliate.]

[Note on the author: Qi Jiazhen is a Chinese-Australian author whose publications include ‘The Blue Sun’ and ‘The Black Wall’. She was sentenced to prison for 13 years during the Mao era].

Translation by: Chris R. Lanzit, NAATI Certified Professional Translator (Chinese-English), NAATI Practitioner ID: CPN0BC84W

Date of translation: 20 February 2018

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