Chinese-speaking voters have criticized Australia’s military alliance with China

Chinese-speaking voters have criticized Australia's military alliance with China

According to an examination of WeChat audience responses, Australia’s coalition’s militaristic stance toward China has not gone over well with Chinese-speaking voters. This comes as Australia prepares for a national election on May 21, according to media sources citing the Prime Minister’s office on Sunday. More than 3,000 political news pieces and comments on WeChat, a Chinese social media platform, provide insight into how Australian political news reaches Chinese speakers and how they react to it. It shows that up until the election campaign, Liberal Party of Australia leader and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison dominated WeChat news coverage, but Anthony Albanese of the opposition Australian Labor Party has been catching up.

“The key findings of the researchers are that the Liberal party has been criticized for its militaristic position towards China and its alignment with the US. Labor is not liked due to its loose humanitarian immigration scheme, but the party is more preferable compared to the LNP due to its friendlier approach to China,” the study found. “The Greens have recently gained visible popularity among WeChat users with their friendlier approach towards China and a ‘hands-off’ approach towards Taiwan issues,” they said, as per the media portal.

The study has been undertaken by researchers at Monash and Deakin Universities over the past 11 months, including during the election campaign, reported MacroBusiness is Australia’s leading business and investment blog. According to the study, the Chinese-Australians on WeChat were engaged in complex conversations about issues including the Australia-China relationship, the economy, interest rates, property, immigration, and health.

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