Bishop’s Chinese media mauling

The foreign minister has taken a hammering in the Chinese media this week. If she wants her message to cut through, she’ll need to adopt a more sophisticated approach.

When Julie Bishop shifted Australia’s position on Israeli settlement activities in Palestine, there was no press release, no media conference and no interviews. It was not altogether surprising from a government determined to manage the media cycle more tightly, or simply to avoid controversy.

So it was significant when, two weeks ago, the foreign minister summoned the Chinese ambassador Ma Zhaoxu to upbraid him on China’s decision to unilaterally draw up an air defence zone over disputed islands in the East China Sea.

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