China harasses, stalks NZ critic

Via Peter Hartcher today:

After a quarter-century of researching China, Anne-Marie Brady is a veteran of Chinese government spying and harassment. “I was prepared for pressure in China,” says the 52-year-old New Zealander, a well-regarded professor of political science at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. “But I always felt safe in New Zealand. So that changed.” Last week she wrote to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern seeking police protection.

…First came the pressure on her university. Chinese officials demanded that her immediate superior stop her research…Next, her office was broken into in December 2017…If she had any doubt that she’d been targeted, she got a detailed warning letter from a concerned friend in the Chinese community to let her know that an official campaign of intimidation against her – and others – was under way…Brady’s home was next. While she was on the phone to the NZ Secret Intelligence Service negotiating to give them the letter, her husband called to say that someone had broken in.

…Unfortunately for Brady, her country’s government is more interested in appeasing China’s rulers than protecting her, or protecting NZ’s democratic freedoms. “It’s very clear,” says Brady, “that my country’s government wants this story to go away. The Chinese Ministry of State Security operates in our societies unhindered and our governments just watch. It’s happening in Australia, too.”

The Mercury has this of course:

An Australian writer being detained in China has implored his friends not to risk their own lives fighting for his freedom. Novelist Yang Hengjun wrote the note in 2011 with the request it should be published if he were ever taken into custody. His lawyer claims he has been charged with espionage and is being held in Beijing. Defence Minister Christopher Pyne says Australia needs to let the Chinese justice system run its course.

Welcome to your new great and powerful friend. As George Soros put it over the weekend:

I want to warn the world about an unprecedented danger that’s threatening the very survival of open societies.

The rapidly improving instruments of control that machine learning and artificial intelligence can produce are giving repressive regimes an inherent advantage. For them, the improving instruments of control are a help; for open societies they constitute a mortal danger.

I’ll focus on China, where President Xi Jinping wants a one-party state to reign supreme. Xi is trying to consolidate all the available information about a person into a centralised database to create a “social credit system”. Based on these data, people will be evaluated by algorithms that will determine whether they pose a threat to the one-party state. People will then be treated accordingly.

But Donald Trump.

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  1. It’s amazing the amount of negative press that US has received in the antipodes since the end of the Cold War. I suspect that it will remain so until the CHinese are an even more obvious threat.

    Come hither, China shills.

      • It isn’t a choice at all. Still, the inept Australian media ignores China and focuses on Trump’s tweets. If the American people knew how Australians perceived them, there wouldn’t be a military alliance.

    • There’s plenty of mainstream coverage on Venezuela. I suppose that it doesn’t count if it doesn’t fit in with your extremist narrative. Look at the color map of the globe and the stance of various countries wrt Venezuela. The only ones supporting the current dictator are the usual bad actors.

      The US wants the oil? The USA is the largest oil producer on earth. Try again.

    • In my opinion the U SA is the most Dangerous Country on the Planet – much more so than China.

      And that would be why nobody really cares about your opinion.

    • I still reckon Xi’s gone too far too fast, and now the rest of the world is starting to push back, and will continue to do so. Xi should’ve continued to play the long game, but he wanted to be The Great Man who lead China to its Rightful Place in The World, and he’s totally screwed the Chinese pooch. The resistance to China in every forum is going to increase not decrease over the coming years. The probability of war sometime along the way is very real, and if that happens the Chinese will not come out on top.

    • @LSWHP
      You are right. Xi has done us a big favor. Deng had it right with hide and bide. It was a winning formula. Xi has thrown that all away.

      We owe him a great debt.

    • I’m a liar? What did I say that was a lie? What country produces the most oil on earth? You’re actually using Zerohedge as a source? You are unhinged.

      Not even the BBC is using the “hungry for oil” routine, even though this piece was written by a knob who shares your politics. Here’s a primer – note the part about US refineries.

    • John Howards Bowling Coach

      Have you ever actually been to China or done business with them? DO you actually know anything about the topic matter or just have an opinion that is anti USA? I have been running the China business for a large Australian company and spend a lot of time there. It’s a dangerous place hell bent on destroying the status quo to their sole and exclusive benefit.

  2. It’s not just China. The West is doing this sort of thing on a lesser scale too. Take Straya:
    – metadata retention on all citizens web surfing, phone and text records for 2 years, so they can find “pre-crimes’
    – outlawing effective encryption in all products via the ASS bill
    – My Health Record being made mandatory and hard to opt out of
    – cameras monitoring you in most public places.

    Perhaps this is all “just for our own safety”, but can easily be turned into a social control system similar to China’s. With our government’s lax computer security, Chinese hackers probably already have all our personal data anyway.

  3. Ronin8317MEMBER

    “Defence Minister Christopher Pyne says Australia needs to let the Chinese justice system run its course.”

    This, coming from an Australia Defense Minister, is totally spineless.

  4. It’s amazing how quickly the world has swung round to Trump’s way of thinking about China.

    Plenty of comments around like “I hate Trump… but he’s right on China.”

    Even Soros. Amazing.

    • It changed for the worse in China when Xi got term limits abolished and the mask came off.

      I wouldn’t say that people agree with Trump on China, I suspect Trump would happily capitulate to China if it would make markets go up. Lucky there are some tougher China hawks leading the negotiations.

    • Plenty of people were anti-China before Trump. If anything many of us are skeptical about his China feelings given his family’s extensive business dependencies within China.

      • He has been warning on China since the 80s. Go back and look at some of his old appearences on Larry King. The rise of China is the one thing he has been consistent on, and consistently right.

        I was at an event recently and Paul Keating was a speaker – even he was saying Trump got China and that the US has wasted 2 decades trying appease / contain under W Bush and Obama for no results.

      • @PS – spot on. And it is one of the areas he has not wavered on. Also notable that one of Trump’s only original advisors left standing is a massive China hawk.

      • I’m not disputing that Trump is standing up to China, I’m disputing this idea that before he came along nobody else wanted something done about the relationship between the US and China. (Or West and China), and now we all ‘swung’ around. Bullshit. The ‘Free Tibet’ people certainly haven’t been fond of China. Practically everyone whose job got outsourced to China has been bitching about ‘made in China’ labels, and there was no shortage of people during Bush’s campaign who complained about the trade imbalance. I recall reading something from back then about Walmart was utterly destroying America because it (a) underpaid its staff (many of whom require govt assistance to remain above the poverty line despite having full time employment) and (b) imported cheap from China (double whammy- locals get shitty paid jobs, and manufacturing jobs disappear).

        He is the first major politician with influence who has said and DONE something, but he hardly invented the feeling.

      • mild colonialMEMBER

        Yes I remember when I heard the Canadian report into Falun Gong and the organ harvesting, ten years ago? That was it, if I’d had any doubts. One of the most horrendous news reports I have ever heard. most people are still in denial about that. And the inability of workers to unionise.
        I’m still a sinophile in some ways, too.

      • So is his mate James Laurenceson. He was getting a quote for himself in every China story going a few months ago and now….crickets. Lying low I guess. A good strategy if it were a temporary storm passing over, but it seems more likely to be a structural change. In which case, what happens to the ACRI? UTS would have to be thinking it’s going to get a bit stinky.

    • All our pollies need to be be surveilled these days for links to the CCP. IMO this is really out of control and we might need an RC.

    • mild colonialMEMBER

      You can thank Rory Medcalfe at the National Security College for pulling the brake and stopping the … gravy… train. Follow him on Twitter. And Clive, of course.

  5. Copy October 2018 MB post by Pavletich …

    … Essential viewing …

    NZ politicians need to learn the ABCs of Chinese politics for a ‘constructive relationship’, foreign policy expert says … Q&A with Prof Anne – Marie Brady … 1 News Now

    A key issue to come out of last week’s events was the issue of political donations and concern over foreign influence on New Zealand politics, says Anne-Marie Brady, an expert on Chinese politics from Canterbury University.

    Professor Brady said it was “great for the Chinese community to be involved in politics in New Zealand, that’s what we want and it’s fine for wealthy people to be contributing to political parties”.

    “But it’s not ok for people who are connected to the politics of a foreign Government that has a deliberate policy to interfere in the policies of other nations.” … view & read more via hyperlink above …
    … ( ADDED LATER ) … Note too … Prof Brady’s’ concluding comments on the Q&A programme about the provisions of the Education Act 1989 No 80 (as at 13 February 2015), Public Act – New Zealand Legislation … specifically S162 Establishment of Institutions (4) (a) …

    (v) they accept a role as critic and conscience of society …
    Google Search ‘Anne Marie Brady’

  6. I read Silent Invasion by Clive Hamilton on the weekend, it was really eye-opening stuff. Clive then tipped me off to Ghost Fleet by PW Singer and August Cole for a fictional version of a future war. I recomend both if you have time.

    Some more insight can be found here on the LSE podcast.

    There must be a smart, respectful, and considered response to this bad behaviour by the CCP.

  7. If you want to really scare yourself, read the ANZUS treaty. It obliges the US to do… nothing to defend us …

    • Exactly. An “America First” focused Trump is actually very bad news for us – as much as many of us cheer him on the anti-China and tariffs stuff.

  8. In 2009 I was harassed by Chinese flunkies after I sent emails to the leaders of all our political parties and Peter Costello giving reasons why the proposed Chinese govt direct interest acquisition in Rio Tinto and its various assets in Australia (RIO had got themselves into a financial bind by vastly over-paying for Alcan) should not get FIRB approval. Costello used some of my ideas when he made a speech in Parliament opposing the deal and Barnaby Joyce’s office rang me at work but I was away from the office so never got to speak to them.

    Anyway, about a day later my car was vandalised. It was vandalised again a couple of times later, firstly the day after the govt announced the FIRB decision not to allow the RIO/Chinese deal, and then some time later the air in my car tyres were let down. They managed to enter my car and disconnect elements from my seat so that when I got a relatively small bump in the rear the seat collapsed backwards, and would have resulted in a major injury it the knock had been more severe.

    I expect they will go after the Macrobusiness team at some stage in the future. You guys had better have exit strategies from Oz to protect yourself and your dear ones. Many thanks for trying to wake this stupid nation up, but I suspect its just too stupid and just too late.

    • Well done for standing up jkambah. I also stridently opposed that but never copped the harassment.

      China underestimates the amount of pluck that many Anglos have. We’re not used to living under tyranny, have historically fought it from wherever it came. Harrassment and violence, or threats of these lead many of us instinctively to want to fight back harder, rather than kowtow – as China seems to expect.

      Your advice is wrong to pack up and leave. In any case the question would have to be asked – leave for where?

    • Cheers J. First home in Australia was in K, great suburb, bro still there. Mum and Dad bought block and land with views, four beds and en-suite on 900m block – for 50k – 40 years later, worth 20 times initial, eh?
      Some nasty fuckers in your town, brother, hey, plenty in mine too, so not surprised at the nastiness that is emerging. Criticism will impact your social credit score. Not just the Chinee that are being assessed by our future masters.

      • CJ – my property deal was rather modest in comparison, house and land (720 sq.m) package for $28k in late 1974. It was all I could afford at the time while supporting a small family and studying part time at the ANU. I suppose everything is up 15-20 times in price since then, but these property gains would not compare well against the gains possible with a similar property located at Ermington NSW,

  9. Hukou (the internal Chinese pass system) plus now their Social Credit Score are the core drivers in internal displacement or export of 105 million 2nd generation peasantry ‘illegals’ from the Chinese Tier 1 cities.

    Basically the Chinese middle class in the eastern seaboard cities – expelling their social underclass, misfits, poor & undesirables & pulling the ladder up behind them.
    Here is an article on the scale of what’s been happening for a long time now.

    China’s 5 year plan was internal relocation but it has meet resistance (the ghost cities for these internal illegal migrants to be relocated) so the evidence is that the Chinese government and the Chinese trafficking syndicates activity collaborate to send these internal illegals overseas as ‘China Inc’ – to the west or other countries as part of Chinese expansionist control & influence.
    Evidence abounds of very cheap and ‘government assured’ packaging by the Chinese agent procurers of Hukou internal illegals to foreign countries – a guaranteed Australian PR for 10,000 Yuan ($AUD 2,000).

    The Chinese Hukou system denies education, health & other entitlements to these Chinese illegals.
    Skip to the middle where that’s explained.

    Are many of these Chinese packaged up to enter Australia on a pretext visa?
    Knowing they can easily work illegally here, fit in to a vast Chinese run underground vice & blackmarket sub economy, not have to assimilate, send back remittances to their poor families, some to genuinely pursue an education they are denied in China..
    Almost all to definitely secure a PR & gain welfare & Medicare they can’t get in China, and be an anchor for their aged / sick & similarly un-entitled parents & grandparents in extended family reunion.

    How many mainland Chinese in Australia ?
    Maybe 1 million actually onshore at any one time.

    The Chinese mainland origin PR last year was 396,000.
    An ABS crosscheck confirms this : back in 2016 1.2 million in Chinese ancestry (41 per cent ) were born in China or via Malaysia (8.0 per cent) or Hong Kong (6.5 per cent). In an 81% concentration in Sydney & Melbourne.

    The TR Dec 2018 Chinese mainland origin was over 420,000 across all TR visa categories: Chinese foreign students & their partners in a range of visa categories are over 230,000, plus skilled, family reunion, bridging, NZ SCV but of Chinese mainland origin make up the rest. Ref DHA Temporary Resident & NZ SCV country of origin tables. Many are working illegally (75% of foreign students work illegally in visa breach / Syd Uni & UTs studies. An even higher – 90% concentration in Sydney or Melbourne.

    And then we have over 220,000 Chinese mainland ‘Tourist Visitors’ onshore at any one time as part of the 8.8 million tourist visitors, many on long stay or repeat stay visas, with an estimated 5% or more working illegally (ABF Parliamentary submission illegal migrant guestworker taskforce. Highly concentrated again in Sydney & Melbourne.

    🔹What was the Hukuo status of this Chinese intake ?
    🔹What was their Chinese social credit score?
    🔹Will the Chinese government provide this information to Australia?
    Reasonable information to ask for.
    Then Australia could assess if our border control & visas are are being exploited by China to export their Hukuo issues and social burden into Australia.

    • John Howards Bowling Coach

      Some of your stuff is worth reading but your constant assertion that China is exporting their unwanted masses is garbage. Many of their best are leaving as well as many who are garbage people. Anyone with money is exporting it, and their government is undertaking a creeping takeover of most successful private businesses. Given the option many try to leave often just for the prestige or back up plan of having a foreign residency but the lure of their easy cash back in China takes many back home, often also to trying to shoo away their husband’s mistresses as most of the males end up staying to run a business back in China, also they tend to do worse at assimilation and don’t bother making much effort to learn a foreign language compared to the wife. In any case mostly they just join the local diaspora, more an invasion than migrants.

  10. China’s a fairly horrid dictatorship with minimal freedom for its citizens, especially around criticism of its government. It has also mastered the art of bribing our corrupt politicians to do what they want.
    However, Anne-Marie Brady is a global fellow at the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, which is part of the Wilson Center. Just for those that can’t be arsed googling anything the Wilson Center is funded by the USA government and Kissinger was a warmongering mass murderer. Subsequently it is highly unlikely that she is an impartial scholar of political science.