China tells Oz MPs to apol­o­gise

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

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.

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