Australia have raised concerns over China’s continued show over dominance towards Taiwan. Last week, China continued its military harassment of Taiwan, by flying a continued number of jets over the country.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has continued to promise the “peaceful reunification” of the self-ruled territory. However, any attempt of China to take control of Taiwan would undermine the peace of the entire Pacific region.
Australia, America and the UK have entered into a historic security pact, which has been seen as a counter to the Chinese show of aggression in the region.
Taiwan’s President has spoken of a hypothetical invasion of China. “If Taiwan were to fall, the consequences would be catastrophic for regional peace and the democratic alliance system,” wrote President Tsai Ying-wen in Foreign Affairs. “It would signal that in today’s global contest of values, authoritarianism has the upper hand over democracy.”
A pregnant woman was arrested by police in front of her two children for an anti-lockdown post on Facebook. Police arrested Zoe-Lee Buhler, 28, in Victoria, after she posted about an anti-lockdown protest in the State. Buhler was released on bail.
The police defended the arrest saying that public gatherings have been banned in the State as part of the lock down restrictions.
However, human rights organisations have criticised the move.
“Arresting people pre-emptively for the act of organising peaceful protests or for social media posts is something that happens all too often under authoritarian regimes, and it should not be happening in a democracy like Australia,” said Elaine Pearson of Human Rights Watch.
Australian police also have come under fire for the heavy-handed dealing of a woman who was not wearing a mask in public. It later turned out she had a medical exemption.