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  • Published: 11 August 2019
  • Trade Minister Simon Birmingham has gently rebuked his Liberal colleague Andrew Hastie for his provocative opinion piece on China, saying before people comment on sensitive foreign policy issues, they should consider whether their contribution is necessary, and whether it’s helpful.

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Comments • 202

  • frosty pablo
    frosty pablo  1 months back

    Dont shush us you little whippet. Box your ears in !

    • Susan Zhang
      Susan Zhang  1 months back

      Mr minister, Chinese Communist party is a thuggish regime, how do you trust such regime while you trade with it?

      • jason o'connor
        jason o'connor  1 months back

        Grow a pair Birmingham!

        • Joe Turner
          Joe Turner  1 months back

          1. Day. A fortnite. Job. Ave. Good. Feed Try. An. Survive. To. Next. Fortnite. Wat. A. Load. Of horse. Shit. Piss. Of. Back. To. Red. China. Wer. U. Belong. We. Should. Be. Dealing. With. Western. Countries

          • Firstname Lastname
            Firstname Lastname  1 months back

            Scott morrison is daddy

            • Samantha W
              Samantha W  1 months back

              Don't bite the hand that feeds you rings true here.

              • Aussie Boy
                Aussie Boy  1 months back

                Stupid government.

                • Teemo
                  Teemo  1 months back

                  simon sukmiass, please go and stand on the streets on hongkong and get bashed by disgusting chinese mafia police, get your eye ball shot blind by the rubber bullet. stop opening the legs of australia to be fuk'd by china just because you like to open yours? just stop it.

                  • ABC123
                    ABC123  1 months back

                    Can we shake off the shackles of both the insidious US influence as well as the creeping Chinese one. All we hear is US backed anti-China rhetoric or spineless pro-China "economic need".

                    Can we have a bit more tact in our foreign policy and stop bending to whichever wind blows harder please. We're a dynamic country with lots to offer. I'd argue we're a better country than both the US and China. Come on pollies.

                    • Paul Nguyen
                      Paul Nguyen  1 months back

                      Generally, Communist are con, cunning snakes and terrorist masters.

                      • Aussie Jed
                        Aussie Jed  1 months back

                        "They might stop buying us Rolexes and bribing us through Crown."

                        • Paul G
                          Paul G  1 months back

                          How many brown paper bags is he receiving..

                          • Chronos
                            Chronos  1 months back

                            smooth brained state puppet

                            • Max Williams
                              Max Williams  1 months back

                              She should order her department stop shipping iron ore and agriculture products to China. And stop any import from China too.

                              • Marc Lujan
                                Marc Lujan  1 months back

                                Not sure why this politician want people to walk carefully. Unless he has some kind of direct benefit from do so.
                                China is still a communist country. They have a long way to go, to get there country in order. 1.384 billion people, with a middle class of only 450 million and the rest peasants living in country side or trying to scratch living in the cities. And those living in the cities, from the country side means no state benefits, such medical care, because they are not living where in the towns they are from.

                                • me heretoday
                                  me heretoday  1 months back

                                  so Marc you want Australia to fix the problems in China??? or just sit behind keyboards like you and say nasty things about China...sorry I am not sure what you think our politicians are actually meant to be doing for China

                              • James Smith
                                James Smith  1 months back

                                This guy is bought and paid for by chinacoms

                                • me heretoday
                                  me heretoday  1 months back

                                  or he is doing his job..oops does that go against you parroting the US rhetoric

                              • James Smith
                                James Smith  1 months back

                                Your accents are brutal! Stay in Aussie land.

                                • India Burke
                                  India Burke  1 months back

                                  Why is he towing the China apology?

                                  • Paul G
                                    Paul G  1 months back

                                    Well said sir. This Birmingham dude is receiving those brown paper bags alright..

                                • Florino Avila
                                  Florino Avila  1 months back

                                  I am so much amazed that many Australian politicians wants to treat China gently. They have shown their true colors when it declared the 9 dash lines at the South China seas as their territory and even hint of armageddon should any nation claim contrary to their desire. This hegemony attitude manifest as their economy grew and would rival that of the US in the near future. I would like to see a happy China not a menacing China.

                                  • Dongxu Zhou
                                    Dongxu Zhou  5 days back

                                    You do know that China is a country with thousands years of history. China’s boarder is defined by the history and Chinese culture. Neither Australia nor USA.

                                    In order to force Chinese to accept your Australian definitions, you’ll have to do that through war, real war.

                                  • ickisistheshitz
                                    ickisistheshitz  1 months back

                                    How do you feel about Taiwan? Are you informed of the fact that Taiwan makes the same claim? Yeah, I didn't think so.

                                • Don Emigholz Jr.
                                  Don Emigholz Jr.  1 months back

                                  Conglomerates are coming for your oil..... Be ware.

                                  • edwin semidey
                                    edwin semidey  1 months back

                                    Do you truly believe China a Dictatorship will abide by your policy's

                                    • me heretoday
                                      me heretoday  1 months back

                                      with the US threatening everyone and anyone, why should we follow what they have told us to do??? that is hate the chinese...the US are more dangerous for our country than anyone else...the US want Australia so they have a foothold in Asia...the US are a bigger risk

                                  • Don Emigholz Jr.
                                    Don Emigholz Jr.  1 months back

                                    Trade Minister Simon Birmingham is an easy mark. thoughtful manner? China murders people and even more alarming is they imprison reporters. Trade figures... oh, got it Fascism in Australia? Hey would not be the first country to aid and abed Conglomerates in the adventures for tax free profit.

                                    • anthony scifres
                                      anthony scifres  1 months back

                                      AUSSIES NEED TO KNOW THAT GLOBILISTS ARENT JUST IN THE E U OR AMERICA!!!!YOUR RIGHTS ARE BEING STOLEN!!!!!!

                                      • me heretoday
                                        me heretoday  1 months back

                                        they have already been stolen by the US

                                    • King
                                      King  1 months back

                                      your national interest? China jacked up all your real estate price and is buying you out. This man has no backbone.

                                      • Paul G
                                        Paul G  1 months back

                                        He's a schmuck and a shill for the Red Chinese. It's very blatant and his disregarded for the average Australian don't go unnoticed..

                                    • me heretoday
                                      me heretoday  1 months back

                                      So Andrew Hastie is a brain dead Trump parrot...sigh

                                      • JHK23 Gaming
                                        JHK23 Gaming  1 months back

                                        We need to level up our Arms and enter the Nuclear race, or we going to be pushed around by powerful little Chinese men with large ambitions

                                        • Dongxu Zhou
                                          Dongxu Zhou  5 days back

                                          JHK23 Gaming Oh Australians are going to fight Chinese with their bodies and muscles?

                                          You are going to eat bullets instead.

                                        • JHK23 Gaming
                                          JHK23 Gaming  1 months back

                                          @Ali Ali they are only about 5ft tall and 40kg on average, I could lift 5 Chinamen at once lol

                                        • Ali Ali
                                          Ali Ali  1 months back

                                          Little chinese men. what??? You mind? 1.4b vs 23m .

                                        • me heretoday
                                          me heretoday  1 months back

                                          well how about we shake of the manipulative thuggish hands of the US first before we start on another country ok....

                                      • Edward Wolski
                                        Edward Wolski  1 months back

                                        China doesnt need you as much...
                                        Natural resources are plentifull in Russia,Africa and south America..
                                        They also buy much more China made junk than Australia.

                                        • Edward Wolski
                                          Edward Wolski  1 months back

                                          Sun burned brains prevail in Australia..

                                          • Michelle E
                                            Michelle E  1 months back

                                            Dancing answers

                                            • Paul G
                                              Paul G  1 months back

                                              Yep. He is been paid off

                                          • Donald Kasper
                                            Donald Kasper  1 months back

                                            Pee on yourself constantly, don't want to do anything to piss of China. Sucky, sucky.

                                            • Mark C
                                              Mark C  1 months back

                                              What type of f interview when the female commentator kept on poking the Minister hopefully he said the wrong things. That's media reporting hahaha

                                              • F Tran
                                                F Tran  1 months back

                                                He is china's Bi**h. I am ashamed to have Australia as our 5 eyes.

                                                • F Tran
                                                  F Tran  1 months back

                                                  @me heretoday -why would i move? i said i am ashamed of Australia. i am an American.

                                                • Paul G
                                                  Paul G  1 months back

                                                  We need Indonesia and India in it also..

                                                • me heretoday
                                                  me heretoday  1 months back

                                                  oh how terrible for you...what will you do, move perhaps...I hear the US doesnt like refugees so you are not going to be able to crawl up their ar5e for safety from the terrible marauding Chinese, so where will you go F Tran to find the safety you seek?

                                              • Jenny Piper
                                                Jenny Piper  1 months back

                                                ANYONE NOTICE THAT POLITICAL PEOPLE TALK IN A GENERIC NON MEANINGFUL WAY ? THEY DO THIS WELL AND DO HAVE SPEACH WRITERS THEN HAVE A HUGE VERBAL INSULT TIME SO THE SPEAKER ASKS FOR ORDER IN THE HOUSE THE BACK BENCHERS FRONT TOO ARE SLINGING AND FLINGING INSULTS THAT PUT PRESCHOOLERS AHEAD OF THE POLITE POLITICAL EXAMPLES,I DO MEET PEOPLE THAT AT FIRST THINK WHEN WATCHING THINK IT A COMEDY AND ???????????? SO SAY ALL PRESS MESS.

                                                • Warren Mundell
                                                  Warren Mundell  1 months back

                                                  Well then Australia should stop selling iron ore and coal and farm products to China. How will you make out then?

                                                  • GLItch Boy
                                                    GLItch Boy  1 months back

                                                    Australia is already far too reliant and entrenched on the China's economy

                                                • Markooboy
                                                  Markooboy  1 months back

                                                  You can see right through this shmuck. Typical politician.

                                                  • Paul G
                                                    Paul G  1 months back

                                                    It must be hard for him to lie and defend the Red Chinese..

                                                • Terry Qqe
                                                  Terry Qqe  1 months back

                                                  The first 2 and 4th demands from the protestors are not unreasonable. The third and last one are absurd to the core. They are obviously trying to start a revolution by making ludicrous preposterous demands. Consider the fact that they are UK/US flags waving in HK this has to be another covert orchestrated false flag to destabilize East Asia. Trump is as ignorant and out of touch as always does not seem like he knows what the deep state is up.

                                                  • mcscrawface
                                                    mcscrawface  1 months back

                                                    PISS on china................

                                                    • me heretoday
                                                      me heretoday  1 months back

                                                      why because the US told you to lol lol good little boy, good little mcscrawface, you have made your US boss proud... you have learnt your lessons well US says hate China..mcscrawface says yes big US leader I will hate China because you told me to...

                                                  • Waykat Services P/L Melbourne

                                                    China need to shut the $%&$ up & stop telling Aust what we can & cant say

                                                    • me heretoday
                                                      me heretoday  1 months back

                                                      Paul what a crock of shitte lol...the US order everyone around...might I point out the threats directed to the US allies at the UN from Nikki Haley or have you conveniently forgotten that in your little troll fest of spreading the US word through out this comment section...Christ mate you must have the US flag tattooed on your forehead...

                                                    • Paul G
                                                      Paul G  1 months back

                                                      @me heretoday they don't. But I wouldn't mind. They saved our asses in ww2. You expect me to drop my loyalties because of some potential dirty money..

                                                    • Waykat Services P/L Melbourne
                                                      Waykat Services P/L Melbourne  1 months back

                                                      @me heretoday I agree

                                                    • me heretoday
                                                      me heretoday  1 months back

                                                      US need to shut the $%&$ up & stop telling Aust what we can & cant say

                                                  • Martin Conta Gets Banned
                                                    Martin Conta Gets Banned  1 months back

                                                    You're already defeated. You'll be speaking Chinese in the next 60 yrs.

                                                    • me heretoday
                                                      me heretoday  1 months back

                                                      well we speak and write US now.... so why does changing to yet another language upset you so much? BA5tardised English has been forced upon us by the US for some time now, so much so that the latest few generations dont even know the difference any more...

                                                  • Brian Cullen
                                                    Brian Cullen  1 months back

                                                    Did Tibet or Taiwan benefit from the rise of China? Will Hong Kong, Korea, Japan benefit?
                                                    I don't think so.

                                                    • 袁启迪
                                                      袁启迪  1 months back

                                                      tibet are much better than india side

                                                    • JewTube
                                                      JewTube  1 months back

                                                      of course they've benefited. tibet was a third world shit hole before it was part of china. lets not kid ourselves on this.

                                                  • Brian Cullen
                                                    Brian Cullen  1 months back

                                                    Dancing around China's behavior is not going to stop them bullying and undermining us. This kind of talk makes us look weak to the regional bully.
                                                    What do you think will happen when they get what they want?

                                                    • 영어중국어공부한국인

                                                      As I am a Asian South Korean, I am begging for Australians and other Anglo countries that you should come to Asia and Africa and reign the nations. When I was young, I always thought colonization is bad but when I have grown up now, now I think it was NOT that bad at all. Democracy and the way of manners and behaviors were all taught by Westerners. I must say that in Asia, after the British left, it became disaster- Hongkong, India and even South Korea are not that good. I wish Australians use their policy power to control over those countries and have the people to be free!

                                                      • me heretoday
                                                        me heretoday  1 months back

                                                        so Paul when do you intend to leave Australia...you are handing the country to the ruddy Americans and kissing their ar5e5 from what I can see on this comment section... you are a prime example of a traitor mate... take your US crap back to the good ol US of A ok because we are Aussies and dont have the US flag tattooed across our foreheads like you do...

                                                      • Paul G
                                                        Paul G  1 months back

                                                        @영어중국어공부한국인 well said. I hope we kick out the traitors in Australia also. Because these traitors have facilitated the rise of Red China. Selling our resources at low prices and letting them buy our best lands. I never forgive our traitors and would happy support South Korea in any potential war with Red China.

                                                      • 영어중국어공부한국인
                                                        영어중국어공부한국인  1 months back

                                                        I know the fact well and I do respect of Japanese. Chinese(red) can not be trusted and hope Australians help us South Korean.

                                                      • Paul G
                                                        Paul G  1 months back

                                                        Well said. Hope South Korea forgives Japan and moves to closer defence ties.. Red China is playing on your countries past grievances. Some in the West don't trust your leader at the moment. Possible Red Chinese spy.

                                                    • Gerik Mirkujan
                                                      Gerik Mirkujan  1 months back

                                                      don't play with communists, mate, they still red

                                                      • Jennyoy
                                                        Jennyoy  1 months back

                                                        Why should the Australian economy growth have to be depending on China? There are so many countries Australia can do business with, for example Vietnam. Many factories are moving from China to there. Why should the Australian economy be dragged by the fall of China? Go look for other markets to replace China. Be diversities.

                                                        • Jennyoy
                                                          Jennyoy  1 months back

                                                          @twenlil No, It's not about Vietnam only. There are some rich people in Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore and the like, if that's the money you are looking for. Don't let China deteriorating economy drag you down.

                                                        • Paul G
                                                          Paul G  1 months back

                                                          @JewTube fear mongering at its finest.

                                                        • twenlil
                                                          twenlil  1 months back

                                                          Must be Vietnamese commenting... right ?
                                                          VIetnam has no money !

                                                        • Jennyoy
                                                          Jennyoy  1 months back

                                                          @JewTube you don't have to drop China, but you do have to diversify to mitigate the impact of the declining of China position. Australia doesn't deserve to suffer together with China. Don't let China impose such a big influence and swing Australia economy.

                                                        • JewTube
                                                          JewTube  1 months back

                                                          why? its not a choice, in economics you go with what's best, not what country you like personally the most. if you want to drop china as a trade partner then we'll be the ones falling.

                                                      • IbrahimSiddiqConlon
                                                        IbrahimSiddiqConlon  1 months back

                                                        Hastie has a RIGHT to speak his mind as he is simply responding to what is clear & evidence on a ''creeping china' into South East Asia.

                                                        • me heretoday
                                                          me heretoday  1 months back

                                                          Make Asia Great Again, may I thank you for this comment... best one here today :-)

                                                        • ono notagain
                                                          ono notagain  1 months back

                                                          and the hands of...

                                                        • Make Asia Great Again
                                                          Make Asia Great Again  1 months back

                                                          Hastie - The brains of a beheaded chook and the mouth of Jackass Trump.

                                                      • amorettique
                                                        amorettique  1 months back

                                                        China loves "respecting other countries' sovereignty"... as long as it's kept unknown and secret.
                                                        It secretly ceded territories to other countries such as Pakistan and Russia whenever it's convenient, while touting to both its own people and the world that they won't give one inch of Chinese territory away 🤣 China only can't hand over territory to Vietnam, the Philippines, Japan etc. because they won't keep quiet about it!

                                                        • Cedric Wai
                                                          Cedric Wai  1 months back

                                                          Following America is going one way, downhill and also extracting targets by terrorists. China have never invade any countries, unlikes America in wars with Iraq, Syria and Afganhistan, sanctioning Venezuela and Iran causing many deaths to children and elders. Why would Australia wants to follow the bully, America.

                                                          • Cedric Wai
                                                            Cedric Wai  1 months back

                                                            Paul G No, you can work with work visa but can’t apply for citizenship because China populations is already 1.4 billions. America and Britain is suitable to white person.

                                                          • Paul G
                                                            Paul G  1 months back

                                                            @Cedric Wai Can I become Chinese if I'm non Chinese?

                                                          • Cedric Wai
                                                            Cedric Wai  1 months back

                                                            Paul G Scared of what. The Red Armies never scared, looked at history!

                                                          • Paul G
                                                            Paul G  1 months back

                                                            Why are Red Chinese scared?

                                                          • Cedric Wai
                                                            Cedric Wai  1 months back

                                                            China has always prepares to face America. America knew it very well.

                                                        • BJ700
                                                          BJ700  1 months back

                                                          Another Orwellian commie dictator sympathizer? Western culture is different and believes in freedom of political speech. No western democracy wants to become another China.