#China’s soft power has ‘collapsed globally’ due to ‘anger and hysteria’

“The contrast between #Australian calmness and #Beijing hysteria is actually one of the reasons further coercion of #Australia is affecting China’s soft power globally.
2) China’s reaction to the cancelling of the dangerous Belt and Road agreement in a “wolf warrior fashion” will end up being a large “own goal” for Beijing, according to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s Michael Shoebridge.
3) The controversial Belt and Road Initiative agreement between Beijing and the Andrews government in Victoria was cancelled last night by the foreign affairs minister using the new foreign relations bill powers.
4) “Threatening more economic coercion against Australia for us making a decision to reduce their ability to coerce us; all that’s going to do is highlight the huge risks in deep economic engagement with China,” he said.

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