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Chinese-Aussies Support Tassie Senator’s Push to Separate CCP from Chinese People

Liberal Senator Eric Abetz has found support amongst Australia’s Chinese community after he was crit..

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Liberal Senator Eric Abetz has found support amongst Australia’s Chinese community after he was criticised for asking three Chinese Australians to “unconditionally condemn” the totalitarian Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Abetz’s question was mischaracterised as a loyalty test in op-eds and commentary by the hearing witnesses—Osmond Chiu, Wesa Chau, and Yun Jiang—and this then became the focus of the media’s critical narrative.

“At no point did I question the loyalty of anyone. I did not even mention the word ‘loyalty.’ Yet Mr Chiu’s twisted and distorted narrative is blatantly false. Unfortunately, some now have parroted this false narrative without checking the record,” Abetz wrote in a statement.

The Hansard transcript confirms that Abetz’ did not ask for or question their loyalty.

The Senate committee hearing on issues facing the Chinese diaspora heard from three distinct groups of people, Abetz told The Epoch Times.

“One was too scared to give evidence publicly because of potential reprisals by the dictatorship. Another did so recognising the consequences for themselves here in Australia and relatives in China at the hands of the dictatorship. They expressed concern at the insidious influence and activities of the dictatorship amongst the Chinese diaspora,” Abetz explained.

“A third group which was strong on finding fault with Australia’s political system could not bring themselves to condemn—not even the CCP but the Chinese Communist Party dictatorship,” Abetz said.

This third group comprised Jiang, Chiu, and Chau. After presenting their opening statements, Abetz asked them whether they were “willing to unconditionally condemn the Chinese Communist Party dictatorship.”

But they were not willing to condemn the CCP. Instead, they expressed disagreement with the CCP’s human rights abuses.

Chiu said he refused to condemn the CCP because the question was “demeaning and I would not legitimise his tactic with an answer.”

“A person who has dedicated their life to public service, who takes the effort to help build a more participatory society, should not have to profess their belief in the universality of human rights. Surely, at some stage, it should go without saying,” Chiu wrote.

But Abetz did not ask Chiu, Chau, or Jiang to profess their belief in human rights—he asked if they would condemn the CCP.

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Dr. Feng Chongyi and Dr. Paul Monk at a panel discussion hosted by the Australian Values Alliance on China’s influence in Australia, in City Tattersalls Club in Sydney, Australia on Dec. 10, 2018. (NTD/Screenshot)

Dr. Feng Chongyi, associate professor in China Studies at the University of Technology Sydney, told The Epoch Times that it was a “shame for these three Australian citizens of Chinese heritage who participate in Australian politics” to refuse to condemn the “evil conducts of the CCP.”

“They are not qualified to represent Chinese communities in Australia,” Feng said. “It is ideologically and intellectually bankrupt to justify acquiescence of grave human rights violations by the CCP regime in the name multiculturalism or, even worse, anti-racism.

“Evil conducts and toxic ideologies are not part of Australian multiculturalism, which is based on universal values against communist tyranny,” he said.

In an op-ed for Inside Story, Jiang wrote: “Let’s be clear, the issue is not about whether or not the Chinese Communist Party should be condemned. In a democracy, we are all free to make up our minds and express our opinions. No one should be forced to condemn anyone or any political organisation simply to be accepted,” she wrote.

But Abetz said: “The reluctance to condemn the evil dictatorship has a chilling effect on the diaspora which seeks support for protection. It must be disheartening for the oppressed and incarcerated to be told that condemnation of the regime is lazily avoided by labelling freedom advocates as ‘racist.'”

Chinese Internet Users Condemn the CCP

Chinese netizens have expressed similar sentiments to Feng’s online. A thread of replies written in Chinese to an ABC article on Twitter reveals a large number of similar views in support of Abetz’ stance.

Jimmy Cheng from the Australian Values Alliance questioned whether Jiang, Chiu, and Chau could be trusted to safeguard Australia’s interests in the face of pressure from the CCP.

“If these people dare not publicly condemn the CCP for fear of retaliation from the CCP, how can [it] be guaranteed that they are not afraid of the CCP’s retaliation while safeguarding Australia’s interests? If they have no courage or conscience, they must not be allowed to participate in politics in Australia. They will betray Australia’s interests,” Cheng wrote in a post on Twitter responding to an article the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) published.

Another Twitter user—May—wrote that the CCP is the “enemy of the free world” and that all people with a conscience “should condemn the Communist Party.”

“The evils that the [Chinese] Communist Party has done are countless all over the world,” May wrote.

May also criticised the three witnesses. “They should be ashamed of their actions! If you don’t want to offend the Communist Party, then don’t participate in politics!”

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Queen Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh receive Covid-19 vaccine

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh have received their Covid-19 vaccinations, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said Saturday.

The inoculations were administered by a household doctor at Windsor Castle, a royal source said.
To prevent inaccuracies and further speculation, Her Majesty, who 94, decided that she would let it be known that she has had the vaccination, the source added. Her husband is 99 years old.
The couple’s son, Prince Charles, tested positive for coronavirus and went into isolation in March. The 72-year-old later said he was lucky to only experience mild symptoms, adding he’d “got away with it quite lightly.”
Meanwhile, their grandson Prince William, second-in-line to the British throne, also tested positive for coronavirus earlier this year, UK media reported, though exactly when he contracted the virus is unclear.
The UK has recorded more than 3 million cases of Covid-19 and more than 80,000 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University on Saturday.
The UK reported 1,325 coronavirus-related fatalities on Friday — its highest ever daily increase in deaths.
Health officials face a deadly start to 2021 as a new coronavirus variant, first detected in the UK, sweeps the nation.
In the capital, London’s mayor declared a “major incident” on Friday, warning that hospitals in the city were close to being overrun.
“The situation in London is now critical with the spread of the virus out of control,” Mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement.
“The number of cases in London has increased rapidly with more than a third more patients being treated in our hospitals now compared to the peak of the pandemic last April.
“We are declaring a major incident because the threat this virus poses to our city is at crisis point,” Khan added. “If we do not take immediate action now, our [National Health Service] could be overwhelmed and more people will die.”

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Dozens killed in suspected jihadist attack in Niger

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Dozens of people were killed in an attack in Niger on Saturday, in a suspected jihadist attack.

The attack took place around 12:00 CET in the Tchomo-Bangou village in Tillabéri, a western region bordering Mali.

“The assailants surrounded the village and killed up to 50 people,” a local radio journalist said anonymously. “The wounded have been evacuated to the hospital in Ouallam.”

It came on the day provisional results for the first round of the presidential election, held on December 27, were released.

Mohamed Bazoum, the candidate for the ruling Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS) and a former interior minister, is in the lead with 39.3 per cent of the votes. Bazoum has vowed to strengthen the country’s fight against Islamist groups.

The second round of the election is to be held on February 21.

Niger has been a target for jihadist attacks for years, particularly in the western and southeastern parts of the country.

On December 21, six days before the presidential poll, seven soldiers were killed in Tillabéri. In May 2020, twenty people, including children, were also killed in two of the region’s villages.

Read from source: https://www.euronews.com/2021/01/03/dozens-killed-in-suspected-jihadist-attack-in-niger

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Niger votes in presidential and legislative elections

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People in Niger began voting in the country’s presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday.

Mohamed Bazoum, the right-hand man of outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufou is the favourite to win.

The sixty-year-old former interior minister is aiming for outright victory in the first round — something that no candidate has done before.

He’s focussing on security and education.

Over 7 million people are eligible to vote. But some voters, like Gambina Moumouni, simply want a president they can trust.

“We pray to Allah to choose us the president who has the most mercy for the people, a president who will not betray the country and who will not betray the trust of the people, that is our wish. It is also our wish that Allah may help to make the poor, the peasants, the (cattle) breeders happy.

Thirty candidates are standing including two former presidents and two former prime ministers, but according to seasoned observers in the region, the poll is arousing little enthusiasm among the population.

Niger is the world’s poorest according to the UN’s Human Development Index and also one of those hardest hit by climate change.

Read from source: https://www.euronews.com/2020/12/27/niger-votes-in-presidential-and-legislative-elections

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