Speaking at a bizarre conference on Wednesday, China ambassador to Australia Cheng Jingye said there should be “no illusion” that Beijing will not respond to any provocative actions made by western nations. The threat comes after 12 months of bad relations between Beijing and Australia as Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared there should be an independent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China. The conference also saw discussion over China’s genocide against the Uyghur population in Western China.
Mr Jingye said: “Any people or any country should not have any illusion that China will swallow the bitter pill of interfering or meddling in China’s internal affairs and trying to put so-called pressures on China.”
“But if we are provoked, we will respond in kind.”
Ambassador Cheng made the threatening comments at a bizarre press conference called ‘Xinjiang is a Wonderful Land’.
The conference was designed to lambast western media efforts to expose Chinese activities and attempted to downplay the genocide perpetrated against the Uyghur people in Xinjiang where millions are being kept in ‘re-education camps’ in the western province of China.
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Last month China was handed heavy sanctions from the European Union, the United States, and Canada over the systematic rape, physical abuse, torture, and forced labour of the Uyghur population.
China responded with its own sanctions on European officials and urged western nations not to meddle in the internal affairs of China.
The sanctions saw former Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith banned from visiting China after he blasted the country for its treatment of the persecuted Uyghurs.
He told talkRADIO that he wore the ban as a “badge of honour” and would continue to stand up for the Uyghur minority despite threats to silence him.
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The comments follow President Xi Jinping’s announcement for a “master plan” to create a “new Silk Road”.
China’s masterplan will see the construction of roads right through to the heart of Europe with Beijing pumping billions into EU nations in order to exert itself on the world stage.
The Chinese leader hopes the new double trade corridor would reopen ancient channels between China and the West so, in order to do this, China has in recent years aimed its focus on European ports.
China already owns the crucial Greek port of Piraeus, and has secured influence in Italy and its vital Trieste port after the country became the first member of the G7 to sign an investment agreement with it.