China-Australia relations: state media blast ‘disingenuous’ comments from PM Scott Morrison
- China Daily says Beijing never shut the door on dialogue with Australia, but it must ‘reflect upon and redress’ its wrongdoing first
- Editorial follows an address by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in which he reiterated Australia remained committed to engaging with China
Chinese state media on Wednesday lashed out at the latest call from Australia to reset fractured diplomatic ties, saying “it will take more than a verbal olive branch to repair” the relationship.
The editorial in China Daily also said China has never closed the door on dialogue with Australia, but added that the tactic of calling for China to “change its ways, rather than reflecting upon and redressing their own wrongs, will simply not work”.
Wednesday’s editorial followed an address by Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the National Press Club in the capital in which he acknowledged the evolving diplomatic ties but reiterated that Australia remained committed to engaging with China.
“China’s outlook and the nature of China’s external engagement, both in our region and globally, has changed since our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership was formed and going further back than that, certainly in the decades that have led up till now,” he said.
“We cannot pretend that things are as they were. The world has changed.”