Chinese Australian community fears ‘guilt by association’ amid worsening diplomatic relations…



By Jason Fang and Michael Walsh

Chinese communities in Australia have been divided over Canberra and Beijing’s worsening relations, with some people feeling like they are getting caught in the middle.

John Hugh, a former councillor in Paramatta who was originally from Shanghai, told the ABC that relations were now the worst he had seen in 30 years.

Mr Hugh is an outspoken critic of the Chinese Communist Party and its alleged interference in Australia, and has previously been denied entry to China.

“I think it’s at the worst point since the two countries established a diplomatic relationship,” he said, adding that he felt Chinese authorities were to blame.

“It’s not so much about [being] against the Chinese people, or China as a country, it’s because of the Chinese Communist Party.

“They distract and interfere with our country’s affairs … We have to fight back.”

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