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China is once again res­o­lutely in­dig­nant of an­other coun­try friendly to Ja­pan — this time, Aus­tralia.

Fu­ri­ous over Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe’s warm re­cep­tion in Aus­tralia dur­ing a re­cent state visit, Bei­jing has lashed out against the South Pa­cific na­tion as a land where ras­cals and out­laws roamed.

Prime Min­is­ter Tony Ab­bott has reached out to Ja­pan to forge stronger eco­nomic and de­fense ties. He has called Ja­pan Aus­tralia’s “best friend in Asia.”

China is Aus­tralia’s largest trade part­ner. In his com­ments pro­mot­ing friend­ship with Ja­pan, Mr. Ab­bott also has stated that he re­spects good re­la­tions with China, which the Bei­jing-based Global Times said was “the most stupid bal­anc­ing act” in a July 10 com­men­tary writ­ten by a Chi­nese mil­i­tary com­men­ta­tor.

Aus­tralian For­eign Min­is­ter Julie Bishop has vowed that Aus­tralia will “stand up to China to de­fend peace, lib­eral val­ues and the rule of law.”

In re­sponse, China’s state-con­trolled me­dia called Ms. Bishop “a com­plete fool.”

Miles Yu’s col­umn ap­pears Fridays. He can be reached at [email protected] and @Yu_Miles.

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