Grovelling to China “the worst thing you can do”

Recall from Reuters yesterday:

Australian intelligence determined China was responsible for a cyber-attack on its national parliament and three largest political parties before the general election in May, five people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters…

The report, which also included input from the Department of Foreign Affairs, recommended keeping the findings secret in order to avoid disrupting trade relations with Beijing, two of the people said. The Australian government has not disclosed who it believes was behind the attack or any details of the report.

China’s Foreign Ministry denied involvement in any sort of hacking attacks and said the internet was full of theories that were hard to trace.

Sinocism’s Bill Bishop is succinct:

Comment: My experiences in China are no doubt micro-level but in life and business there one of the worst things you can do is let someone screw you and then do or say nothing about it. If that is your approach then the other party assumes you are weak relative to them and you will take whatever they want to do to you.

Coral Bell’s iconic “Dependent ally” illustrated how Australia’s history of grovelling and needling its great and powerful friends in Britain and the US had functioned institutionally for a century.

That does not work with the Chinese Communist Party yet it is the only tradition we have…

David Llewellyn-Smith

David Llewellyn-Smith is Chief Strategist at the MB Fund and MB Super. David is the founding publisher and editor of MacroBusiness and was the founding publisher and global economy editor of The Diplomat, the Asia Pacific’s leading geo-politics and economics portal.

He is also a former gold trader and economic commentator at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the ABC and Business Spectator. He is the co-author of The Great Crash of 2008 with Ross Garnaut and was the editor of the second Garnaut Climate Change Review.

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  1. Australia’s foreign policy centers on grovelling to a super power : starts with Great Britain, then switched to USA. Switching iver to China now however is indeed the worse thing you can do as China will never be a global superpower.

    • Forrest GumpMEMBER

      Switching over to China now however is indeed the worse thing you can do as China will never be a global superpower.

      As we have discovered, Scumo & Dutton have no interest in national security .

      The only super power Scumo is keen on is the one that wears a shirt with $ on it

  2. Maybe MB has already addressed this somewhere else, but would love to see some lengthy analysis on how Australia could actually reduce its reliance on Chinese imports and exports, without completely busting our economy for an entire generation. Is it possible, I wonder ?

    • Nonsense. She did nothing and was in the pay of the Chinese CCP.
      She got $450,000 via her “Julie Bishop Glorious Foundation” that her Chinese donor set up.

      • was that pre or post government? Not that it matters, they are all on the take. Scomo’s kowtowing and support of Gladys is indicative of how large the problem is.

      • I haven’t paid attention to that issue but based on my understanding of the Chinese it’s also possible they did that because she was a hard case and they wanted to buy a little softer treatment from her