South China Sea War: China Sees Australia As ‘Ideal Target To Strike’?
China’s expansive claims in the disputed South China Sea received a setback after the international judgment. However, it seems like Beijing is claiming victory.Advertisement
It has not even been three weeks since the International Court of Arbitration in the Hague reached a verdict.
Now, along with Beijing’s victorious attitude, China is projecting an extremely aggressive posture towards Australia. This is because Australia stated earlier that China should respect international law, said ABC News.
A joint statement was issued by Australia, according to Beijing. In that statement, Australia said that the U.S. and Japan last week called for China to follow the Arbitration ruling on the South China Sea conflict.
But Beijing considered the statement a failure, as few other nations publicly backed China’s stance. Australia had been pressurized by China more than once since the court decision.
There was a small but well-organized protest in Melbourne from a few of the members of the Chinese community. They were demanding that Australia must support China’s rejection of the ruling.
With the help of the state-controlled media, China is claiming diplomatic victory over Australia. An extraordinarily bitter attack was made by the Communist Party’s unofficial tabloid Global Times.
The tabloid published a lead editorial vilifying Australia as a “paper cat.” It stated that Australia has an “inglorious history” frequently mocked by others.
“Australia is a unique country with an inglorious history. It was at first an offshore prison of the UK and then became its colony, a source of raw materials, overseas market and land of investment,” Global Times said.
“This country was established through uncivilized means, in a process filled with the tears of the aboriginals.”
Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang denounced Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in the editorial. The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman stated that Australia must “carefully talk and cautiously behave”.
It could actually appear that China might be considering Australia as its first ideal target in the whole South China Sea conflict.
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