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Australia's permission for Rebiya's visit chills bilateral ties
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16:20, August 11, 2009

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Australia granted Rebiya Kadeer, leader of the separatist World Uygur Congress (WUC), with a short-stay business visa despite China's strong protest. The Australian government's decision has drawn strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition among all the Chinese people. It is apparent that the Australian side has failed to realize its recent action could exert negative impact upon Sino-Australia ties.

The Australian side tends to justify all its wrong doings with "national conditions". According to Dr. Geoff Raby, Australian ambassador to China, they found no problems in Rebiya's visa application, and therefore there was no reason to refuse her. Stephen Smith, the Australian foreign minister, said that they had no evidence to prove Rebiya was linked to any terrorist groups, and stressed that Rebiya's visit would not sour Sino-Australian relations.

It’s the Australian government's right to grant visas to visitors. However, Rebiya Kadeer is by no means an ordinary visitor, and the Australian government does not understand her real purpose in visiting the country. Moreover, Australia's "national condition" has touched upon China's interests and national sentiments. Australia, on one hand, hurts China with its so-called "national condition"; on the other side, persuades China to swallow insults and humiliation, which is very ridiculous.

Rebiya Kadeer is a criminal. Facts have indicated that the violent crime on July 5 in Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region was instigated, masterminded and directed by the WUC headed by Rebiya. It goes with the "national conditions" of any countries with rule of law to severely punish people like Rebiya. However, to aid and abet people like Rebiya will create more pain for those innocent people who fell victim to the July 5 riot.

The fact shows that Australian politicians do not thoroughly understand who Rebiya is. The true intention of those who welcome Rebiya is to embarrass and defame China. They hope to do that under the disguise of "national condition".

According to an online survey, some 87 percent netizens are in favor of revenge against Australia. If things go on like this, retaliation is inevitable. Consequently, Sino-Australia ties will suffer setbacks, and Australia must pay for it.

Australia has its "national condition", so does China. It is impossible for the Chinese to accept the "national condition" that Australia helps Rebiya collaborate with foreign anti-China forces in separatist activities. Australia safeguards its own "national condition", and meanwhile urges China not to be so "sensitive". It's unfair to maintain bilateral relations at the cost of Chinese "national condition".

The Australian government officials keep on saying that the development of Australia-China relations is in line with the fundamental interests of both sides. In that circumstance, the Australian government must show respect to the Chinese people and stop all the irrational actions. Inter-country exchanges are based on mutual respect, which concerns neither social system nor economic growth. Mutual respect is the precondition for long-term development. The Australian side, which granted a visa to Rebiya, showed little respect to China, and Sino-Australian ties will definitely be harmed.

By People's Daily Online



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