'They want world domination': Australia urged to join 'cold war' on China
By Matthew Knott
June 9, 2020 — 11.33pm
Washington: One of the most prominent China hawks in US Congress has urged Australia to play a crucial role in helping the United States win a new "cold war" against an increasingly expansionist Chinese Communist Party.
Republican Senator Rick Scott, a member of the powerful Homeland Security and Armed Services Senate committees, said democracies must wake up to the fact that China is seeking "world domination" and needs to be confronted head-on rather than appeased.
"Every democracy needs to stand up for what they believe in," Scott told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald in an interview in Washington. "If you believe in fair trade, that's not what China believes in. If you believe in human rights, that's not what China believes in."
Republican Senator Rick Scott says the US is in a new cold war with China.CREDIT:AP
Scott described China as an adversary to democracies rather than a competitor. "They believe in world domination by the Communist Party of China. The way I look at it is that the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party [Xi Jinping] has made a decision to have a cold war against the United States and democracies around the world," he said.
Before entering the US Senate last year, Scott served for eight years as governor of Florida, America's third most populous state. He has been widely discussed as a potential future Republican presidential candidate.
Referring to traditional US allies such as Australia, Scott said: "We ought to do this together. All democracies are going to have to say to themselves: are they going to continue to appease the Communist Party of China, which is clearly focused on world domination and has taken jobs from democracies all over the world and stolen technologies from all over the world?"
Scott said policymakers in Washington had paid close attention to Australia's push to launch an independent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic and China's subsequent decision to impose tariffs on Australian barley.
He also praised Australia's decision to ban Chinese telco Huawei from its 5G rollout.
"What I admire about Australians is they will stand for their convictions," Scott said. "Australia, like America, has been working to hold China accountable. We've got to find out what happened here, why it happened and make sure it doesn't happen again. I'm very appreciative of Australia's push to get the facts, live in reality and hold people accountable for their actions."
In a letter to Australia's US Ambassador Arthur Sinodinos last month, 27 US senators and House of Representatives members said that China had made "deeply disturbing" threats to punish Australia for seeking an international inquiry into the origins of COVID-19.
在上個月給駐澳大利亞美國大使亞瑟·西迪諾斯（Arthur Sinodinos）的一封信中，美國27名參議員和眾議院議員表示，中共國已對“澳大利亞”尋求國際調查COVID-19起源的行為所造成 “深感困擾” 的威脅，進行了懲罰。
"This incident is part of a broader and concerning pattern from the Chinese government," the bipartisan group wrote.
"One decision that is not difficult is to always stand with our Australian mates. No matter the external pressure or coercion, we will always have Australia’s back, just as Australia has always had ours."
His rallying call follows the formation last week of an international alliance of 19 MPs from eight countries, including Australia, and the European Union, who want their governments to take a collective tougher stance towards China.
Even in a US Congress that has grown increasingly sceptical towards China over recent years, Scott has stood out for his particularly hardline stance towards the rising superpower. He has called for Americans to boycott all Chinese goods, urged the International Olympic Committee to strip Beijing of the 2022 Winter Olympics and accused China of trying to sabotage US efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.
Elaborating on his views of the Chinese regime, Scott said: "They don't believe in human rights. They don't believe in free trade. They don't believe in fair trade. They don't believe in the rule of law. They don't want to be a caring world citizen. They're willing to take away people's rights. I'm disgusted with how they treated Uighurs and how they treated Hong Kong citizens."