Australia should speak out on Chinese human rights abuses

By Paul Letters
Updated July 1 2021 - 4:44pm, first published March 8 2020 - 5:30pm
Under Xi Jinping, the CCP's authoritarian grip has tightened yet the pushback from foreign states has weakened. Picture: Shutterstock

When it comes to accusations of human rights abuses, Chinese sensitivity towards Western criticisms is a cultural card Beijing does not tire of playing. The People's Republic of China (PRC) bites back at the slightest supposed indiscretion by a foreign government, often threatening economic consequences in retaliation for a perceived insult. This deterrence tactic has had considerable success. However, China's desire not to 'lose face' also presents opportunities.