The Real Crime Isn’t Australian War Crimes—but a Chinese Political Cartoon About Australian War Crimes

If you think that this cartoon is pretending to be a news photograph of an actual war crime, you might need to brush up on your visual literacy skills.

Is information inherently less trustworthy and authoritative because the source is Chinese? It’s a question Westerners must grapple with as the US government and corporate journalists intensify their online “psychological operations” against China to manipulate public opinion in support of another Cold War (FAIR.org, 5/15/20).

The Real Crime Isn’t Australian War Crimes—but a Chinese Political Cartoon About Australian War Crimes

Australia Sabotaged Its Own Interests in China Relations

Australia Sabotaged Its Own Interests in China Relations

But the consequences will be great. Australia will be needlessly poorer, more isolated from our region, and more dependent on the uncertain protection of faraway Five Eyes friends. Without a dialogue with China, our necessary engagement with our region will be handicapped. Lee Kuan Yew’s friendly warning — “be careful or you will be the poor white trash of Asia” — comes back now to haunt us.