Silent Invasion: China's Influence in Australia
Vision Times(看中国)
22 February 2018

The following is a translated excerpt of an article by Xia Feiyan (夏飞岩) in Vision Times (看中国):

Silent Invasion: A book which has jolted the Australia-China relationship

After the Turnbull government introduced the anti-espionage bill in Australia late last year, the CPC claimed that anti-China forces were at work. However, Turnbull responded that the “Australian people had stood up” and  bombastically warned that we will severely crack down on foreign infiltration, vowing that “Australia will not give in.” As a result, Australia-China relations have cooled off precipitously. On the other hand, the degree of warmth in Australia’s Chinese New Year celebrations was even greater than in previous years, with gongs and drums proclaiming “May you have a prosperous New Year” again and again. Greetings to ethnic Chinese during the New Year came from the Prime Minister and ministers as well as from local officials and mayors. The Turnbull couple personally attended the grand New Year celebration held by the Chinese community in Melbourne.

However, in the midst of the New Year celebrations, the Australian media hurled an explosive piece of news. The book, “Silent Invasion: China’s Influence in Australia” written by Prof. Clive Hamilton, which will eliminate all of the CPC’s obstruction in Australia, will officially be launched in early March. At the same time, the Commonwealth Parliament said that if the book passes its review, it will also obtain special immunity granted by the government to eliminate any defamation or fraud allegations it may engender.

The book appeared like a bomb, agitating the entire community and placing the ambiguous relationship between Australia and China at the forefront of public opinion.

Many people have asked when an expert who focuses on environmental and climate research began to observe politics. Professor Hamilton said many countries are watching Australia’s attitude and plan to follow its example. “People who have been bullied are now unwilling to accept it and have begun to start fighting back,” he said. “We only want long-term peace as well as sustainable relations between the two countries. If it wants this, Beijing must immediately stop its political and social interference.”

Conclusion

The Australian government turned a blind eye to the infiltration of the CPC and just began to wake up today and start to fight back. Although it has hit the so-called overseas Chinese who treat the CPC as supreme, it is definitely a good thing for the greater part of the ethnic Chinese population.

The New Year’s lion dance and the storm over the new book shows the attitude of the Australian government. In Australia, ethnic Chinese, including Chinese traditions and culture, are cared for and  respected. However, it is absolutely unacceptable that the CPC infiltrate and interfere with Australia and commit any act that violates Australian values. From now on, the Australian government will not compromise.

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

Date of translation: 23 February 2018

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