Plat­i­tudes on China

The Australian - - COMMENTARY -

La­bor is in trou­ble when Chris Bowen’s light­weight speech is praised. As Greg Sheri­dan says (12/10), in­stead of in­ci­sive anal­y­sis and deep in­sights, Bowen wheels out ba­nal­i­ties and plat­i­tudes on a cru­cial and com­plex topic. Can­berra is rightly cau­tious on China’s “one belt, one road” while Bowen is vague.

DFAT head Frances Adam­son is right to tell Chi­nese stu­dents here that we won’t cop any­one be­ing si­lenced in our so­ci­ety. Adam­son, un­like Bowen, is clear eyed about China’s prone­ness to im­proper winat-all-costs be­hav­iour. Arthur Giannopou­los, Mitcham, SA

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