“China is getting more and more aggressive and dangerous, and I keep saying this, but this is a real and present danger, and too many people do not want to acknowledge it,” former Victorian Liberal Party President Michael Kroger said on Sky News Australia.
Kroger added, “More people would be telling you the same thing if it weren’t for the fact that China is so powerful, so rich, so many business contracts to offer.”
BBC had recently interviewed former prisoners and witnesses—women who were actually there—concerning the issue against China, locking up millions of Muslims to “re-educate” them.
“They did whatever evil their mind could think of, and they didn’t spare any part of my body,” said one victim.
“Han Chinese men would pay money to have their pick of the pretty young inmates. My job was to remove their clothes and then handcuff them on their beds so they cannot move,” said another witness.
“That you don’t hear more voices condemning China’s not just the money and not just the powers, but because of what it does to anyone who it can get its hands on who do criticize it,” Kroger went on.
Cheng Lei, an Australian journalist who worked in China for the state media, is one such person. According to Kroger, she had “questioned how Chinese officials had bungled the reaction to the coronavirus covered up.” Additionally, she had written on social media, “‘Serve the People’ goes the slogans, the reality is the opposite.”
As a result, six months ago, she was arrested “on suspicion of illegally supplying state secrets overseas.” Now, China has said that she will be put on trial.
“Australian citizen conducted illegal activities on supplying state secrets overseas, so following China’s criminal procedure law, they approved her arrest on February the 1st,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin during a press conference. “We hope the Australian side will respect China’s judicial authority and stop interfering in China’s legal handling of this case in any way.”
According to Kroger, China is sending a chilling message, and it’s saying, “We can do this even to an Australian citizen, even to a man with two children in Australia. We will do it even for something so trivial as this. So shut up, everyone.”
What else will the world let China get away with?