China threatens ‘lasting punishment’ as Biden backs Australia

Australia can count on the support of an incoming Joe Biden regime as it faces threats of ‘lasting punishment’ from Beijing.

Joe Biden’s incoming administration will “rally” its allies behind Australia as Beijing warns Australia “will pay a price” for siding with the US.

Beijing has refused to take down a tweet posted by its foreign ministry, depicting an Australian soldier holding a knife to the neck of an Afghan child.

The post was in reference to the Afghan war crimes report, which found evidence of the murder of 39 Afghan civilians and prisoners by Australia’s elite soldiers.

The tweet has sparked an international controversy, with the US State Department lashing out at Beijing’s hypocrisy over humanitarian abuses of its Muslim Uyghur population. It described the post as “a new low, even for the Chinese Communist Party”.

Joe Biden’s incoming national security adviser has pledged to rally the international community around Australia. Picture: Chandan Khanna/AFP

Joe Biden’s incoming national security adviser has pledged to rally the international community around Australia.

Jake Sullivan, Joe Biden’s incoming national security adviser, said the US would lobby the international community to support Australia in the wake of ongoing attacks from Beijing.

“The Australian people have made great sacrifices to protect freedom and democracy around the world,” he tweeted.

“As we have for a century, America will stand shoulder to shoulder with our ally Australia and rally fellow democracies to advance our shared security, prosperity and values.”


Joe Biden’s incoming administration will “rally” its allies behind Australia as Beijing warns Australia “will pay a price” for siding with the US.

Beijing has refused to take down a tweet posted by its foreign ministry, depicting an Australian soldier holding a knife to the neck of an Afghan child.

The post was in reference to the Afghan war crimes report, which found evidence of the murder of 39 Afghan civilians and prisoners by Australia’s elite soldiers.

The tweet has sparked an international controversy, with the US State Department lashing out at Beijing’s hypocrisy over humanitarian abuses of its Muslim Uyghur population. It described the post as “a new low, even for the Chinese Communist Party”.

Joe Biden’s incoming national security adviser has pledged to rally the international community around Australia. Picture: Chandan Khanna/AFP

Joe Biden’s incoming national security adviser has pledged to rally the international community around Australia.

Jake Sullivan, Joe Biden’s incoming national security adviser, said the US would lobby the international community to support Australia in the wake of ongoing attacks from Beijing.

“The Australian people have made great sacrifices to protect freedom and democracy around the world,” he tweeted.

“As we have for a century, America will stand shoulder to shoulder with our ally Australia and rally fellow democracies to advance our shared security, prosperity and values.”

 

But Beijing warned Senator Hanson had over-estimated Australia’s importance to China and threatened “lasting punishment” for any retaliatory boycotts.

“She and her ilk behave not even like a paper tiger but a hysterical paper cat,’’ the Global Times stated.

“Australia relies on China more in their win-win co-operation. We don’t want to insult Australia and its people, but we do despise extreme politicians like Hanson.”

After Monday’s post, the international community has rallied around Australia, with millions of people around the world urged to consume Australian products.

The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, made up of more than 200 MPs from a range of political parties and 19 countries, has launched a campaign urging people to buy Australian wine.

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