Alex Lo
Alex Lo
Opinion

SCMP Columnist

My Take by Alex Lo

A dilemma for the West: is China a friend or foe?

  • Leaders of countries such as Australia and Canada are stuck between a rock and hard place when it comes to ties with Beijing: are they dealing with a business partner or an existential enemy, as defined by the United States?

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Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison this week offended the Chinese-Australian community with his comments on relations between Beijing and Canberra. Photo: AFP

The Chinese-Australian community’s votes are a hot ticket, so why are politicians keeping them at arm’s length?

  • The growing number of ethnic Chinese voters means Australia’s Labor and Liberal parties are courting them actively but cautiously, for fear of being labelled as pro-Beijing
  • But years of underrepresentation in Parliament and being treated largely as fundraising ‘cash cows’ has made the community doubt that politicians have their interests at heart
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Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison this week offended the Chinese-Australian community with his comments on relations between Beijing and Canberra. Photo: AFP
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