GONE ARE THE DAYS, WHEN THE ABC WAS THE PEOPLE’S VOICE
Gone are the days when Auntie (the ABC) was the people’s voice, and the programs were intellectually and socially stimulating. When ABC TV advertised the Q&A program on Coronavirus and its side effects, including xenophobia, it generated a lot of interest as the adverse economic impact and xenophobic overtones were targeting the 1.2 million Chinese Australians.
At the start of the program, the audience were told to be polite to the Mr Wang Xining, the Minister for the PRC Embassy in Canberra. However, it turned out that Mr Wang was “ambushed” by “attack dogs” planted in the program. Particularly nasty was a video of person claiming Uighur background seeking to get his wife out from Xinjiang. The savagery of the attack is very pronounced abetted by Ms Vicky Xu.
In our democracy, we defend the right of Ms Vicky Xu and the likes to speak out but we must remind them of their responsibility of free speech without proper fact check.
Ms Vicky Xu does not represent the views of the wide Chinese Australian diaspora and she made no contribution to comfort the stress and trauma of Chinese Australians suffering increasing racist taunts. She made matters worse and projected an unpleasant stereotype of Chinese Australians. Her body language and demeanor was completely anti-Chinese.
Mr Wang Xining, defended his country as well as he could despite all the loaded questions trying to pick faults on China. The program is about Coronavirus and its side effects, including xenophobia affecting 1.2 million Chinese Australians, and unfortunately, it degraded from a friendly discussion to a hostile criticism of the Chinese political system compared with western liberal democracy. The views from Jason Li and Prof Raina McIntyre were more balanced and geopolitically non-partisan”. We can understand the remarks from Stan Grant as a Western journalist and aborigine at heart.
The anti-China Western media are very good at picking up Chinese dissidents to rubbish China especially some from US. We must give credit to ABC, being at least brave enough to invite Mr Wang Xining to present the China's case. It is good to see that she still has some of the fiery spirit of independence by broadcasting the Media Watch which criticised its self censorship against a fire fighter who made unpleasant remark of our Prime Minister, before the Q&A.
In future may we suggest to ABC, Q&A that they should consider inviting some of the brightest minds from China like the well known Professor Chong Nansan and their medical team members who are in the frontline fighting to control the spread of the Coronavirus including sacrificing their lives , in China and other part of the world so that others may live healthily later. And for Four Corners, we suggest they invite people like Ma Yuen, the founder of Alibaba, to explain why 80% of 1.4 billions citizens support the policies of current Chinese Government instead of using the likes of poor Vicky Xu to do their bidding for their anti-China propaganda.
We believe the great majority of 1.2 million Chinese Australians do not appreciate the ABC using their programs to rubbish China for no reason other than geopolitical partisanship. Some programs of ABC, have indeed gyrated to the far right and in on par with some of the Murdoch press. That is no good for the health of our society.
No one is perfect. We can always learn from each other including governance issues if we have a healthy Australia- China relation.
Dr Anthony Pun OAM, National President, CCCA
D Ka Sing Chua, National Senior Adviser, CCCA