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Australia in China’s dragon-grip?

April 13, 2009

Tibetan Review
April 11, 2009

A Tibet group in Australia alleges that the
Chinese government’s attempts to influence the
country’s politicians, media, NGOs and
universities had reached such alarming extent
that Australia’s response to many contentious
issues, including Tibet, had become hostage to
it. "Courting the Dragon”, a report by the
Australia Tibet Council (ATC), catalogues
numerous examples of Chinese officials breaching
international diplomatic norms in attempts to
influence Australian politicians. It also
examines the extent to which the Government,
universities and civil society may already have
succumbed to improper Chinese interference.

"Australia’s near silence on Tibet (since Apr
2008) would lead one to assume that conditions
for Tibetans had actually improved. In fact there
has been a severe deterioration in the human
rights situation facing the Tibetan people over
the last year. We have allowed the Chinese
Government to believe it can continue its
oppressive policies with impunity”, Mr Paul
Bourke, the group’s Executive Officer said.

The report also refers to China’s grip on
Australia’s Chinese community, cyber attacks on
Australian citizens and how Confucius Institutes
threaten the autonomy of the country’s
universities. "When you piece all these trends
together, the overall picture is quite striking," Bourke says.

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