Ai Weiwei on the US-Australia refugee deal: 'It’s exactly like slave trading'

The internationally renowned Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiweibelieves the US and Australia are engaging in a slave trade.

His claim comes amid a discussion of worldwide refugee movements, the impact of globalisation on human suffering and a lack of humanity in the west – which form the context of his contribution to this month’s Sydney Biennale exhibition.

Ai is well aware of Australia’s refugee policies, including its most recent chapter – a deal with the US to take up to 1,200 refugees languishing in offshore detention centres.

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