Angry China fumes in Australian parliament

Angry China has so far made a series of terrible blunders. First, it quietly invaded Australia with bribes and influence networks that got sprung. Second, it backed itself into a corner on the trade war. Third, it arrested all kinds of foreign nationals and applied punitive trade practices to supposed friends, including on Australia. Fourth, it massively overreached in Hong Kong and lost Taiwan.

Today Angry China invaded the Aussie parliament:

China’s Ambassador to Australia says his country is ready to “fight to the end” in its trade war with the United States, as Scott Morrison calls on both nations to calm tensions.

The Prime Minister has vowed Australia will not stand by “passively” as China and the US slug it out in a global power contest, and he will act in Australia’s security and economic interests if the superpower relationship continues to deteriorate.

Ambassador Cheng Jingye told a gathering at Parliament House in Canberra this morning that China does not want a trade war with US President Donald Trump, but will protect its interests.

“China is willing together with the US to reach a win-win solution on the basis of equality and mutual respect,” Mr Cheng said.

“There is no winner in a trade war. China doesn’t want a trade war, nonetheless it will firmly safeguard its own legitimate rights, interests and development rights.

“China is open to negotiations, but we will also fight to the end if needed.”

One wonders when the penny will drop for Angry China that cheating, bullying and bleating is not working:

Relations with major powers

Only 32% of Australians say they trust China to ‘act respon­sibly in the world’, in a 20-point fall since 2018 and the lowest level of trust in China ever recorded in our polling. A bare majority of Australians (52%) trust the United States to act responsibly, which is steady from last year.

Half of Australians (50%) believe ‘the Australian government should put a higher priority on maintaining strong relations with the United States, even if this might harm our relations with China’. A sizeable minority (44%) say Australia ‘should put a higher priority on building stronger relations with China, even if this might harm our relations with the United States’.

Confidence in world leaders

Only 30% of Australians have confidence in China’s President Xi Jinping to do the right thing in world affairs, a 13-point drop since 2018. One-quarter of Australians (25%) have confidence in US President Donald Trump, a five-point drop from 2018.

Australians’ highest level of confidence among the nine leaders polled is placed in New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern (88% saying ‘a lot’ or ‘some’ confidence). The Australian leaders follow, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison (58%) and former Opposition Leader Bill Shorten (52%). Eighteen points behind is Indonesian President Joko Widodo (34%), followed by US President Trump and Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi (both 25%). This means President Trump is only ahead of Russia’s Vladimir Putin (21%) and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un (7%).

China

A majority of Australians (74%) say Australia is too economically dependent on China. A sizeable 68% say the Australian government is allowing too much investment from China. More than three-quarters of the population say ‘Australia should do more to resist China’s military activities in our region, even if this affects our economic relationship’ (77%, an increase of 11 points since 2015) and believe that ‘China’s infrastructure investment projects across Asia are part of China’s plans for regional domination’ (79%). Only 44% say China’s infrastructure investment projects are good for the region.

A majority of Australians (60%) would support the Australian military conducting freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea and other disputed areas claimed by China. However, only 43% of Australians are in favour of the Australian military becoming involved if China invaded Taiwan and the United States decided to intervene. Almost two-thirds of Australians (62%) would not support using the Australian military if China initiated a military conflict over disputed islands or territories. Only a quarter of Australians (27%) agree that Australia is doing enough to pressure China to improve human rights.

US alliance

Almost three-quarters of Australians (72%) say Australia’s alliance with the United States is either ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ important for Australia’s security, a four-point drop from 2018. A clear majority (73% each) agree the US alliance is a natural extension of our shared values and ideals and that the United States would come to Australia’s defence if Australia was under threat. A majority of Australians (56%) say the alliance relationship with the United States makes Australia safer from attack or pressure from China.

However, almost half (46%) agree the United States is ‘in decline relative to China and so the alliance is of decreasing importance’, a five-point increase from 2011. A sizeable majority of Australians (69%) say that ‘Australia’s alliance with the United States makes it more likely Australia will be drawn into a war in Asia that would not be in Australia’s interests’. Two-thirds (66%) agree that Donald Trump has weakened Australia’s alliance with the United States.

By all means keep it up. Freedom will be the winner.

Comments

      • Hardly stupid, but done for two different reasons:
        – whip up domestic national fervour to distract its citizenry from the pressures created by a rapidly slowing economy
        – blame the west for over-reacting and play the victim card to shape negotiations

      • C.M.BurnsMEMBER

        one of the conditions the US wants is legislative change and greater 3rd party / independent auditing of the concessions China makes. That’s one of the real sticking points from what I’ve read. If China could say one thing and continue doing the other, they would, but the US are asking for a level of oversight that kills this option dead

      • The Asian concept of face seems to be a weakness.
        This dispute seems to have bruised it and now they’re going nuts with unrighteous indignation.

        Forecast: after G20, Trump tariffs everything that’s not already.
        Their reaction should be over the top, but hopefully not insane.

    • Via IP rights China gave US good reason to start this but main game is to isolate China and force them to be just cheap manufacturers of goods. To that China will never agree and US will never allow (or at least will try) for China to raise as super power.

  1. johnwilliamsmithMEMBER

    Cheating bullying and bleating is an accurate description of china and can I add stealing lying threatening imprisoning torturing criminal behaviour untrustworthiness polluting intolerance and basically an existential threat to all the values we live by

    • Australians believe the messages we receive by the brainwashing hourly news reports. Humans as a mass group will believe almost any idea which is repeated to them consistently. Therefore no matter what USA or China is does the only thing that matters is the message USA, news corp and friends want us to hear.

      eg. an old lady with her grandchild dies in a USA tornado we hear the report 30 times over two or three days shouted at us to gain sympathy with USA people. 10,000 die in mud slides in China we hear the report maybe five times in a quiet quick news report.

  2. Chinese behaviour is comparatively quite nice taking into account their power. When it comes to countries power definately leads to this kind of bullying like behaviour so China (with its enourmous power) is still quite nice compared to Western powers in the past and even now.

      • Sun Tzu: when you are weak, pretend to be strong.

        That’s all you need to know about China right now DocX.

      • China can’t feed its population with out international help, they can’t afford to be blocked out otherwise they will face public dissent in their cities…

    • That’s cause the Chinese are losers and there is no prizes for second best. Shoulda got their act together and had the following first: a renaissance, a commercial revolution, a scientific revolution, and then finally an industrial revolution. Too busy shutting ports down and burying silver bullion. Now its all tough luck, you are stuck behind that first island chain and we mean to keep you there. Be a good country like Japan and Korea and create some kinky vending machines.

      • A rise of a superpower never comes in a strait line but CCP cannot afford a temporary downturn because it would not survive it.
        Everything they do now is now out of a desperation of a dead system and despite that is not that bad at all compared to what much stable systems of second grade ex powers were doing. Remember what France was doing in Algeria and elswhere or Britain in former colonies.

  3. Why the feck are we allowing ambassadors from any bloody nation to say anything anywhere near our parliament?!

    Wow that has made me cranky! Complete erosion of our sovereignty, absolutely disgusting that he was allowed to say that in that setting.

    • Cranky??? Makes me want to move to another country.
      We’re sycophants on the tit, Nathan. We need a government that will force a reality check and remove manually if necessary that teat from the mouths of all the bachelor kitchen renovatior drones and of course their puppet masters. Maybe some more kinky vending machines could act as a fad-diversion for teat removal.

  4. As they get more angry, the greater chance of them lobbing projectiles. It’s never a good idea to get angry to start with as you make very bad decisions. There seems to be pent up desire to control everything and that is the danger that history shows us.