Chinese Ambassador Fu Ying has accused would-be defector and former diplomat Chen Yonglin of greed, saying if he succeeded in his quest for refuge in Australia it could open the floodgates.
Addressing the inaugural Australia-China Coal Summit, Ms Fu said Mr Chen appeared to hate China, adding: "But China, the country he dislikes now, offered him the best a Chinese young man can have.
"Now that's not good enough for him anymore, he wants something better, he wants Australia which has 27 times higher per capita GDP."
Australian Greens Media Release
Thursday, July 07, 2005
Angry Ambassador invited to
China's angry ambassador Madam Fu Ying was invited to elaborate on her
outburst in Brisbane today when the Senate committee inquires into the
defection of diplomat Chen Yonglin in two weeks time, Greens Senator Bob
Brown said today.
"As well as her condemnation of Mr Chen, I would certainly like to hear
her talk about the 250 000 prisoners in 'education with labour' camps in
China," Senator Brown said.
"Her vilification of Mr Chen probably indicates she has given up trying
to get him back to China by fair means or foul.
"Chen Yonglin has repeatedly said how much he loves China but dislikes
the authoritarian dictatorship in Beijing. Madam Fu's outburst will not
undermine his love of country," Senator Brown said.