Australians singing anti-China tune will ‘shoot themselves in the foot’: CCP

The spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry has warned Australian politicians will “shoot themselves in the foot” if they continue singing the “anti-China tune” as tensions mount over the AUKUS submarine deal.

Wang Xining, the acting ambassador to Australia, recently criticised the country for the partnership with the United Kingdom and the United States.

"By trying to acquire a nuclear-powered submarine, it certainly has an impact on the ongoing non-proliferation system. So are you going to be a naughty guy?” Mr Wang told The Guardian.

Defence Minister Peter Dutton responded to the comments and said it is “just so silly it’s funny”.

A reporter for China’s mouthpiece – The Global Times – asked a spokesperson for the country’s Foreign Ministry his thoughts on Mr Dutton’s remarks.

“Mr Dutton’s remarks are extremely absurd and irresponsible,” Zhao Lijian said.

"As a senior official of the Australian government, he is obsessed with the Cold War mentality and ideological prejudices. Driven by selfish political gains, he has repeatedly made provocations, sensational and astonishing statements on China-related issues.

"He wouldn’t scruple to hijack Australia onto the chariot in confrontation with China. His real intention has been exposed to all.”

Mr Zhao has repeatedly urged the Morrison government to abandon its “Cold War mentality”.

“Certain Australian politicians should discard the Cold War mentality and ideological bias and not to (sic) erect any ‘imaginary enemy’ when it’s completely uncalled for,” he said.

“If they attempt to pocket selfish political gains by singing the anti-China tune, they will end up shooting themselves in the foot and becoming a laughing stock in the world.”