China tells Oz MPs to apologise
TWO federal MPs barred from entering China have been told they will need to “repent and redress their mistakes” if they want to visit the country.
Liberal MP Andrew Hastie and partyroom colleague Senator James Paterson were due to travel to Beijing in December with Labor MP Matt Keogh as part of a study tour organised by think-tank China Matters.
On Friday, the duo were told their visas had been denied.
The Chinese Embassy says the country is open to constructive dialogue and exchanges with people all around the world. But it would “not welcome those who make unwarranted attacks, wantonly exert pressure on China, challenge China’s sovereignty, disrespect China’s dignity and undermine mutual trust between China and Australia”.
“The colonial days of Western powers are long gone. China will never yield to colonisation of ideas and values,” an embassy spokesman said.
The MPs would be able to travel to China if they apologised for their remarks.