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Banned Chinese Billionaire Calls Australia a ‘Giant Baby’


Chinese billionaire and donor,Huang Xiangmo criticises Australia after he is stripped of his permanent residency.

A Chinese billionaire barred from Australia on the suspicions he is part of a Communist Party influence campaign has lashed out at Canberra, calling it a “giant baby” that hasn’t found its place in international politics.

It is an “objective fact” that the country has a baby’s “innate characteristics”, Huang Xiangmo said

The property developer has lived in Sydney since 2011 and has donated millions to major political parties.

But he was stranded overseas when the government rejected his citizenship bid and cancelled his permanent residency.

Huang Xiangmo, a long-term Sydney resident, had been a prominent donor to Australia’s two major parties before he was blocked from re-entering the country last week — with his permanent residency visa revoked and a citizenship bid rejected.

The billionaire has reportedly donated about A$2.7 million ($1.91m; £1.49m) to both major parties.

Mr Huang said these donations came from his desire to “promote Chinese people’s legal involvement in politics”.

“The growth of a giant baby takes time, and Australia still has a long way to go. I understand this,” Huang told China’s state-run Global Times in an interview published Tuesday.

The property tycoon led one of a series of “reunification councils” that advocate support of Chinese Communist Party policies.

This comes amid a row over Chinese influence in Australia which has strained relations between the two nations.

Relations between Beijing and Canberra have soured after the Australian government introduced a slew of laws to guard against foreign interference in late 2017, amid concerns over China’s growing influence in the country’s politics, academia and media.

Huang said relations between Canberra and Beijing have “stumbled over the years” because “in a new era of international relations, Australia has not found a position that best meets Australia’s national interest”.

He also suggested that Australia suffered from an underlying bigotry, saying that “racism and populism have shown signs of rising”.

“If you can treat Chinese like this today, you can do the same to Jews and Arabs tomorrow. That’s the most dangerous thing,” he said.

Huang added that the sudden ban has had a “huge impact” on his family.

“Three generations of my family have lived in Australia for seven years,” he said.

“Apart from me, all those in the family are Australian citizens … Australia is their home.”