I wonder why … after Australia has treated the Pacific Islander people like dirt with no respect and not giving much foreign aid, why would anyone suddenly expect people to turn to you?
It’s a wake up call to Australia. Start respecting your neighbours!
But then it’s difficult for countries of the “west” to respect others. Because they have never been oppressed by foreign countries. China has been severely oppressed by the west before so it understands how these countries feel. It strikes a chord with them that it is like one of them instead of some superior imperialist. That’s why I don’t think jokes like what Peter Dutton said would even enter the thoughts of the Chinese because China really treat these other people as equals.