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China is in the news every day now. Today here in Australia we're pretending to be offended because a Chinese tabloid published the accusation that our nation is a "giant kangaroo that serves as a dog of the US," even though we all know that's completely true and we should be flattered that at least they said "giant." Before that we were getting indignant over a hefty barley tariff in response to our facilitation of America's global anti-China spin campaign, which it turns out Washington screwed us on.
Anti-China sentiment has been thriving in Australia, aided by our Murdoch-dominated news media, State Department-funded think tanks explicitly geared toward manipulating the China narrative, and of course our own deep-seated racism and xenophobia. Because of its geographical location, the US military/intelligence asset conventionally known as Australia has been a major focal point for the US-centralized empire's propaganda campaign against the most powerful unabsorbed nation in the world.
China is in the news constantly now, and it's not because of any virus. It's not because of Hong Kong, it's not because of Uighurs, it's not because of intellectual property violations or any of the other scattershot, unrelated hodgepodge of excuses you're being fed as to why the Chinese government must be regarded as the latest Actual Hitler all of a sudden.
China is in the news all the time because of imperialism.
Imperialist Russia hysteria had a hard time finding serious purchase in Australia, but sinophobia has had plenty of propaganda primer here and there's a State Department-funded think tank in Canberra dedicated to inflaming China hysteria
(https://johnmenadue.com/myriam-robin-the-think-tank-behind-australias-changing-view-of-china-afr-15-2-20200/ "). https://twitter.com/SBSNews/status/1253239688430673922 "
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