Just reading China’s 14 Grievances against Australia and its like one of those Reddit ‘Am I the Asshole?’ threads
OP: “I have active border disputes with all my neighbors, hate human rights and am engaged in genocide, covered up a pandemic which spread worldwide, demand fealty from those my representatives routinely insult them, and cannot accept any criticism. Surely I’m not the asshole?”
“This is totally fine, right? Just confirming I should bully everyone who disagrees”
It’s actually a remarkably brazen admission of what PRC expects from trading partners, esp. US allies. “It’s a gambit, surely? They don’t really expect compliance!” Sadly, Xi really is that clueless about Aus’s agency, and hubristic to expect obeisance supchina.com/2020/11/18/the…

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