Australian Prime Minister Morrison. (Photo credit: Jenny Evans/Getty Images)
[Look at China on August 6, 2021](Look at Chinese reporter Cheng Rong compiled/compiled) In the ongoing dispute between Australia and China, the Morrison government is ready to step into the arena of “sanctions diplomacy” to initiate another campaign against China. An attack.AustraliaA sanctions law similar to the US Magnitsky Act will soon be introduced toSanctionsThe perpetrator of “committed a bad act of international concern”.
This move is considered to be aimed at Australia’s primary opponent, the Chinese (Communist) country. After Canberra called for a public investigation of the origin of Covid-19, China imposed severe sanctions on the Australian economy.
Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said on August 5 that Australia will pass a sanctions law similar to the US “Magnitsky Act”, allowing individuals who “commit abusive acts of international concern” , Carry out targeted financial sanctions and travel bans.
In March of this year, the United States, the European Union, and the United Kingdom sanctioned Chinese officials involved in accusations of serious human rights violations in Xinjiang, China, triggering retaliatory actions in Beijing.
Australia will reform its laws to expand state-based sanctions and clarify the actions applicable to sanctions by the end of this year.
Payne said in a statement that such actions may include the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, serious violations of human rights, malicious cyber activities and serious corruption.
She said: “Australia will have the ability to impose targeted financial sanctions and travel bans on individuals and entities determined to be involved in such sanctionable acts, no matter where they occur, without having to establish a specific country-based system. ”
Political and diplomatic columnist Vikrant Thardak analyzed: “In addition to the serious violations of human rights in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, China has become the biggest threat to cybersecurity. Chinese hackers implement thousands of attacks every day. In addition, China has also been accused of proliferating nuclear technology to North Korea and some West Asian countries. Therefore, the design of the law is very shrewd, and it does not even mention China’s name, which directly refers to China’s illegal activities.”
So far, Australia’s sanctions regime is still based on multilateral efforts led by the United Nations, while at the same time adopting independent punitive measures based on the designation of specific countries, including North Korea, Libya, Syria, Iran, and Myanmar.
At present, according to the Australian Constitution, the Australian government has no power to sanction any foreign entity or government. Therefore, the new law is expected to align Australia with other Western democracies, which recently imposed sanctions on the Beijing regime for flagrant violations of basic human rights.
Since the outbreak of Covid-19 last year, Australia and Beijing have been facing each other. Australia was the first country to call for the WHO to take the lead in investigating the source of Covid, prompting Beijing to retaliate severely.
Tardak believes: “China expects Australia to give in to its hegemonic attitude; however, the facts have proved that the trade war with Australia is a costly thing for the Chinese government. In addition, the trade war with China is also for Australia. Provides an opportunity to diversify its supply chain and get rid of excessive dependence on the Chinese economy.
“The outspoken critics and hawks of the CCP, James Paterson and Kimberley Kitching, are considered the architects of Australia’s new sanctions strategy. The two served as the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance for China Policy. The co-chairman of Alliance on China is one of the main advocates of Magnitsky-style reforms.
“So far, the Chinese (Communist) sanctions have proved far from enough to make the Morrison government kneel in front of the hostile China. Therefore, Australia, which is now confident and confident, seems to be increasing in the ongoing fierce struggle with the Chinese Communist Party. Strength.”
Source: Look at China
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