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How Australia has shaped up to Xi’s aggression

Australia was told last year that it was nothing more than “chewing gum stuck to the bottom of China’s shoe”, and that “sometimes you have to find a stone to rub it off”.

In the face of this charming overture from propagandist Hu Xijin, editor of the Chinese Communist Party-owned Global Times, Australia is beginning to discover that it’s not entirely worthless or powerless in its…

  • Peter Hartcher
  • Brisbane Times

Six developments in recent days and weeks illustrate the point.

Beijing had put bans on more than $20 billion worth of Australian exports to China and then issued its list of 14 demands on Australian sovereignty.

We were left to suffer and reflect on our…

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