The path to Australian fascism

Via The Guardian:

The Australian political blogger and novelist, Yang Hengjun, is currently being shackled in chains and interrogated inside a Beijing detention centre, and is being told by authorities he could face the death penalty for espionage.

Detained in China since January, Yang continues to protest his innocence to authorities and says he can clear his name if he is able to speak with senior officials in the Chinese government.

Speaking exclusively to the Guardian, multiple sources have described Yang’s conditions inside the ministry of state security detention centre in Beijing, where he was moved in July before being formally charged. Investigations in his case are continuing and could last until March next year.

Yang, a former Chinese government diplomat-turned-“democracy pedlar” who ran a popular and influential blog, has not been allowed access to a lawyer, and has not been permitted to speak with his family. He has received no letters, but has been given two Xi Jinping books.

Chinese officials have cited national security concerns for denying him access to his legal team for more than seven months.

Embassy officials have passed a bible and family photographs to detention centre authorities but it’s unknown if these have been passed to Yang.

He is allowed to shower once a week, and has access to a small enclosure outside his cell – with access to fresh air and natural light – for one hour, twice a day.

He is able to drink water when he needs it, and can purchase additional food, including fruit, biscuits, and chocolate.

He shares his cell with two other prisoners. The lights are on in the cell at all times.

Yang is taken from his cell once a week for interrogation, for up to four hours at a time. His hands and feet are shackled with heavy chains during questioning.

Investigators from the ministry of state security have reportedly told him he is shackled because of the seriousness of the crimes he is alleged to have committed. He has been told he potentially faces the death penalty.

The current investigative phase of his case, which began when he was formally charged on 23 August, could last up to seven months, until March of next year.

The purposes of this are threefold:

  • to terrify all Australian Chinese into obedience with Beijing;
  • to make it clear to all that freedom will not be tolerated, and
  • to keep the pressure on the Morrison Government to toe the line on both.

I’m sure Gladys Liu is passing on the message. The indomitable Robert Gottliebsen has heard it loud and clear:

Australia needs to step back from the US fanfare and start talking about being a reliable supplier to China and making sure that in the interests of short-term profits we do not squeeze supply.

And we need to make Chinese students and tourist welcome. We have great research links with China via our universities. These need to be fostered especially as the Australian taxation office has decimated much local research.

We need to stop lecturing China and maybe join the Belt and Road project.

Do we, Bob? Maybe we should listen to our allies instead. Japan knows what the BRI is really about, via its new Defense White Paper:

The Chinese Navy is considered to be shifting its naval forces towards “protection missions on the far seas,” and is steadily increasing its capabilities to conduct operations in more distant seas such as the Indian Ocean in recent years.

For example, since December 2008, Chinese Navy vessels sail in the Indian Ocean to the coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden to take part in international counter-piracy efforts.

Activities of Chinese Navy submarines are also beginning to be confirmed continuously in the Indian Ocean. In 2014, a Song-class submarine reportedly called at a port in Colombo, Sri Lanka, twice in the same year. This marked the first time that a Chinese submarine entered a foreign port. It is reported that in May 2015 and May 2016, a Yuan-class submarine and a Shang-class submarine respectively called at a port in Karachi, Pakistan, and in January and September of 2017, a Song-class submarine and another submarine reported to be a Yuan-class submarine called at a port in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Besides the Indian Ocean, in September 2015, five Chinese vessels reportedly sailed in the high seas in the Bering Sea and sailed in U.S. territorial waters near the Aleutian Islands. Moreover, in January 2018, China published a white paper entitled “China’s Arctic Policy,” which mapped out a policy of active involvement in Arctic initiatives, including efforts to build a “Polar Silk Road” through the development of Arctic sea routes.

Additionally, China has been remarkably trying to secure overseas bases such as harbors, which would help support its operations in far seas. For example, in August 2017, China began operation of “support base” for logistics support of the PLA in Djibouti, a strategic point in East Africa facing the Gulf of Aden, and it has been ascertained that a pier has been constructed on the coast adjoining the base facilities since April 2018. As observers have pointed out that 48,000- ton supply ships — the largest available class of the PLA — can be accommodated at this pier, there is a possibility that this facility will substantially increase the Chinese military’s logistical support capabilities. In recent years, China has been promoting its “Belt and Road” Initiative whose main purpose is advertised as establishing an economic zone in regions including the Eurasian continent, with the Chinese military possibly taking on the role of the shield behind the initiative by such means as the stabilization of areas via counter-piracy activities and the improvement of counterterrorism capabilities in coastal states through joint exercises.

Furthermore, while it is thought that the initiative includes a strategic intention to expand its infl uence in the region, it is possible that the construction of infrastructure based on the initiative will further promote the activities of the PLA in the Indian Ocean, Pacifi c Ocean and elsewhere. For example, by supporting the construction of port infrastructure in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and other Indian Ocean countries, it is possible that China attempts to secure ports to call, and further improve the operational capabilities of the PLA Navy in the further waters such as the Indian Ocean.

Japan recognises the BRI as a danger because its been here before. BRI is eerily familiar to Imperial Japan’s “Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere” of 1930, Via Britannica:

In the 1930s an aggressive new colonialism developed on the part of the Axis Powers, which developed a new colonial doctrine (“living space” in German geopolitics, the “empire” in Italian Fascist ideology, the “co-prosperity sphere” in Japan) aiming at the repartition of the world’s colonial areas, justified by the supposed racial superiority, higher birth rates, and greater productivity that the Axis Powers enjoyed as against the “decadent” West. To this the Japanese added a slogan of their own, “Asia for the Asians.” In fact, the three powers aimed at carving out for themselves vast, self-sufficient empires.

Others also know. The few ANZACs that remain for instance (listen from 13 minutes).

Now, just take a minute to consider that it is only 20 years ago that Australia loved to listen to the Dalai Lama. Yet here we are two short decades later and it is fine for Australian citizens to be tortured by the CCP without disrupting the trade relationship as Beijing holds the reigns of the Morrison Government majority and so called “journalists” demand silence.

Now, fast forward another twenty years to consider where this trend leads:

We have already seen our political system pass from a robust democracy into an a fascistic economic dependency. The corruption phase is well underway leading to oligarchic power structures within the dominant houses and holes China dependencies. Next up is fascism as one of three things happen:

  • mass Chinese migration takes control of the political economy as enough seats in the parliament are occupied by Beijing-influenced communities (probable under current policy settings) or
  • a north Asian conflict leads the US to abandon its Pacific protectorates (very unlikely), or
  • one or several of the first step leads to US-backed military coup given the widening schism between Australia’s CCP-corrupted pollies and our US-aligned security forces.

Voila! Fascism.

Tomorrow: How to avoid it.

David Llewellyn-Smith
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  1. Fascism? Perhaps.

    But a small price to pay, surely, as long as our negative gearing and capital gains discount tax regime remains unsullied?

    • Stewie GriffinMEMBER

      The amusing part is thinking that our Duopoly represents a genuine Democracy….. guess we’re twice as free as one party China.

      How free is China again?

        • HadronCollisionMEMBER

          Just spoke to mum
          back from 3 weeks in china (“couldn’t wait to leave”)
          “being back here makes you realise how lucky we are”
          me: “for now, anyway”

          back to my german lessons so fams can ex fil to Switzerland maybe

          • Well done, HC, for recognising that Switzerland (apart from having a vastly superior form of democracy to ours) is almost certainly the best spot to relocate for your own safety and that of whatever you have to protect.

            There is a good reason why house prices in that country are off the proverbial dial.

          • Are you actually learning Schweizerdeutsch???
            Cracks me up every time I hear someone speaking Schweizerdeutsch, it’s the sort of thing where you’re not sure if you should laugh, cry or offer to pay for their speech therapy.
            For me there’s only one southern German dialect and that’s funnier than Schweizerdeutsch and that’s the Austrian dialect from Vorarlberg, the only reason that I could imagine learning either of these would be as some sort of party trick.

        • Stewie GriffinMEMBER

          Lets flip that same coin again and see if the other side of it gives us a different answer to the 12 or so times we’ve flipped it since 1970:

          “The dominance of organizations that are not genuine political parties with public participation but rather elite-run candidate-selection institutions often described, not unrealistically, as the two factions of the single business party that dominates the political system. They have protected themselves from competition by many devices that bar genuine political parties that grow out of free association of participants, as would be the case in a properly functioning democracy. Beyond that there is the overwhelming role of concentrated private and corporate wealth….

          – Noam Chomsky

          So goes America, so goes Australia. Still preferable to China, but compared to other nations we ain’t the Democracy we think we are.

          • Great quote, that is our problem in a nutshell. Remember how the major parties (with the connivance of the Greens) changed the Senate voting system to optional preferential voting, in the expectation that people would not bother to number all the boxes on the ballot to put them last, as the minor parties did when you had to accept your party’s preference list or vote below the line? What do you bet that there will be further changes to keep them in power? There has already been talk of dividing the states into “provinces” for Senate voting to eliminate what is effectively one big multi-member electorate for each state and get rid of minor party senators. They could also set a minimum primary vote threshold before a minor party can receive preferences. The possibilities are endless.

        • our lords are smarter than Chinese, they just drown our free speech into the sea of irrelevance so it doesn’t matter what we say
          and if someone tries to do something, he/she will be accused of something else and crushed – think of Assange or Tommy Robinson

          • Stewie GriffinMEMBER


            “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum….”

            – Noam Chomsky

            LNP & LAB – intense debate on gay marriage for 3 years

            Tommy Robinson, Pauline Hanson – lets talk about immigration and cultures and people that refuse to assimilate.

            [chirp] [chirp] [chirp] sound of crickets chirping

        • So hows that genuine democracy going at preventing our slide into fascism again?
          Either representative democracy works, or it doesn’t.
          A free, capitalist society is perfectly achievable under a dictatorship.
          A communist or fascist society is also fully achievable under representative democracy. As noted china simply has elections with a single party. Would adding another party pushing virtually identical policies actually change anything?
          How far apart are labor and liberal policy platforms? Far enough to move the CCP to a fun loving democracy?

    • As most Aussie people vote for. cant see or think even one layer beyond their house price and super fund balance (the speculative headline value of it, that is)

  2. I think if there was a hot dispute/war between China and the USA we, ie Australia, will be in big trouble.
    Darwin and Gladstone (LNG/LPG/Ports) probably spared, WA Iron Ore and LPG plants the same.
    Capital city’s toast, especially Brisbane. Townsville as well.
    Alice Springs/Pine Gap will be glassed as well.

    • Australia is so far from China that even if no defensive measures are taken Chinese would not even attempt to attack Australia. In case of such war they will have much bigger worries that targeting a distant land that is completely irrelevant

        • in a case of open war conflict with USA they would be irrelevant because in situations when bombs are falling on cities in China, US cities and military bases in Japan, Korea, Philippines, … would be much more important targets

        • hope it never happens as my family will also be wiped out but I think, if really happens, then China will only scorch Syd, Mel, Bri, Darwin, Cairns and Townsville. That will be enough for us to have plenty of worry at home and unable to respond in any meaningful way towards any conflict. Plus if China comes on top they end up picking Pilbara production ready.
          Need to understand if there is hot war between US and China then there will be Nato and Russia involvement – WW3.

        • Australia may also split into separate countries.

          WA could secede from the union. It has much of our mineral wealth and is far away and pissed off that it doesn’t get its fair share from GST. Smaller states would feels China’s pull even more strongly.

    • Yes, australia will be in trouble if a hot war breaks out but not for the reasons you think. If by glassed you mean nuclear you are delusional, opening that pandora’s box would see the US turn all of china into radioactive dust.
      However you can guarantee all trade with china would cease and shipping from the middle east and asia would also likely be stopped as well. Given we import virtually everything including fuel you can expect to see serious shortages of everything in fairly short order, especially in cities. They could wipe out huge portions of the cities without coming anywhere near Australia.

  3. Because of Australian patriotism that makes you see Australia much bigger and more important than it actually is, you overlooked the main purpose of treatment of Yang Hengjun, – to send a message to all Chinese that defection will not be tolerated, especially in case of government officials, secret agents, …. The purpose of this move is purely internal and not directed toward Australia.
    Mr Yang Hengjun is not just ordinary Australian citizen selling fashion handbags and baby formula to Chinese snobs that is currently being tortured by the CCP. He was/is one of them, who in the eyes of his fellows committed a treason to gain personal benefits (not even for ideological reasons)

    And on the other side we have Assange, who is born Australian who did what he did to benefit western (and our) democracy, whose revelations slowed down the very installation of Fascism in the west and yet neither our government nor MB showed much interest in helping him escape gulags of western world. Aussie Government sees him as treasonous because he is trying to stop fascisation of the West

    • Yes he is among a breed such as Miles Kwok who will most certainly face the death penalty if they ever set food on Chinese territory again. Very surprised he would actually return to China given his history with the CCP.

      • Totally agree. Even a pipsqueak like me who never criticises the PRC under my own name …. I’d think hard about going there again now.

  4. One aspect of Fascism that you might consider exploring is our modern Military Industrial Policy.
    In 2019 Australia climbed the ranks to be the world’s second largest Military equipment Importer, second only to Saudi Arabia.
    Interestingly it achieved this “feat” while simultaneously falling from 18th to 25th in Military export league tables.
    What does this tell you about Defense Industrial policy, as in who really pulls the strings?
    I’m sure we all know that Australia has developed a “a Military equipment Roadmap” to guide the development of (and interestingly define) our Military equipment export developments.
    Exactly who benefits from such a defined development roadmap?
    What’s the real purpose of this $3.8B military exports loan facility? (surely it must be to support those involved in the expansion from 18th to 25th growing a business requires lots of capital you know) …btw our current exports amount to a little under $2B pa (so we have a $3.8B bridging loan facility to support $2B in sales (that private banks wont touch with a barge pole)…Interesting, very interesting)
    It would appear that our Military Industrial spending is making someone very rich and in some very opaque (some might even say secretive) sectors …..hmm now if I were a less than honest individual (or maybe a Politician) I wonder if I could somehow profit from the disconnect between our stated Policy goals and our Policy execution?
    Military Industrial Fascism is a well established process for making Politicians very rich.
    …..and who can ever blame them for wanting to protect Australia! They’re doing their best you know!

  5. China does not have imperial ambitions. The CCP is already flat out oppressing people inside the country, there is no extra capacity to oppress anyone else. That will however change if China is closed off from international trade.

    As to Yang Hengjun, ScoMo basically forgot all about him, and our foreign minister Marise Payne did nothing more than some press releases and two letters. What Chinese Australian realize is that the Australian government will not stand in the way when China wants to arrest you.

      • There will be a lot of sabre rattling toward Taiwan and the nine dashed line for sure, however the Chinese don’t have any territorial ambition beyond that. Look at XinJiang for example : Han colonization have gone backward with Han Chinese leaving the region en masse, and the Uighur labour camp will guarantee unrest for the next generation and beyond. China does not have a viable model for occupation of foreign land.

    • So what are the Belt & Road trogan horse, dominating 5G so they can build in back doors, debt diplomacy with key strategic ports/locations, Antartica bases and building weapons targetting the USAs vulnerabilities. The entire premise of the CCP’s existence is to get revenge for the so called 100 years of humiliation.

      • ” so called 100 years of humiliation.”

        Based on their extreme ‘face saving’ which dominates their every minute of existance. Taking permanent slight for minor real or imagined insults and passing it down through the generations. ie the British dominated bits of China a very long time ago but China convenientnly forgets (when thinking about UK/US/Aus) that we eventually shat on Japan who had been far more ruthless than the Brits, ie we can never make up for past wikkedness under the terms of ‘saving face’ regardless of the fact that non of these historical do-badders exist any more.

  6. Fascism / socialism. Same difference. Wasn’t Hitler a social democrat?

    Extreme left or right matters not – the result is the same. An imploding global economy guarantees the result.

    • Socialism is not the problem…Oligarchies, Cronyism and Corporatism are far more significant here in Australia.

      Hitler was a Socialist in the sense that he rallied private interests behind his conflation of German and Nazi interests.

      (PS: I’m not an expert on this so feel free to disagree).

      • Burb, no need to be reserved. This what free discussion /debate is about. The parallels between both socialism and fascism lie in the fact that, at their core, both resolutely oppose economic and personal freedom and, as you suggest, commandeer private assets to achieve their stated economic objectives. (As an aside personal freedom is curtailed in order to meet objectives relating to the ‘common good’ — plenty of that in Orwell’s Animal Farm).

        I think where people go wrong is believing that the Scandi countries are actually socialist when they are not. They are very much capitalist countries but with high taxation to support social programs. Socialism is Stalinist Russia, Castro’s Cuba and Kim’s NorKorea etc.

        But you are correct that cronyism is the major issue today — but that’s not a ‘capitalist’ issue it is just corrupt government, or, a government with more power than is healthy.

        • china is more capitalist (more wealth concentrated within a small capitalists class) and less socialist (less social programs, less workers rights, etc). than almost any European country
          N Korea is more of absolute feudal hereditary monarchy than anything else
          Cuba is socialist soft dictatorship while China is capitalist hard dictatorship

          You are confusing socialism – capitalism axis, with democracy – dictatorship one

          • As is often done.
            Although I would put socialist as you describe it on yet another axis than the capitalism-communism one which deals with private ownership of stuff.
            It’s just such a complex topic and people don’t like to think for themselves, merely regurgitate what they’ve been told by someone, especially if it’s simple and requires little understanding.

          • “It’s just such a complex topic and people don’t like to think for themselves”

            You have great wisdom, bjw678. Learn to know the power of the Moron Side. Power to save your portfolio.

          • I think we might have to agree to disagree on this one. Socialism, at its core, is about the State controlling the economic assets of the country. The Chinese do indeed have some sort of hybrid system whereby a certain amount of free-market activity is permitted but otherwise most of the large corporations in the country are under varying degrees of influence of the state.

            Cronyism and corruption are the big bread winners in China. If you’re on the inside you’re minted.

          • Socialism, at its core, is about the State controlling the economic assets of the country.

            It’s really not. That is a far more apt description for fascism.

          • @dominic
            Cronyism and corruption are the big bread winners in AUSTRALIA. If you’re on the inside you’re minted.

            Fixed it for ya.

    • Think of the Aussie real estate that hoard of gold and cash could support. There would not have been a 10% drop in our real estate prices since 2017.

      Now I suppose there will be a few organs harvested soon. There must have been co-conspirators that will also get axed, and sliced/diced.

  7. i actually wish real fascism was taking over it’d be an improvement on what we’ve currently got probably

    at least the CCP would build some more places to live

    • Welcome, young stagmal, I have been expecting you. I’m looking forward to completing your training. In time, you will call me “Master”.

  8. mass Chinese migration takes control of the political economy as enough seats in the parliament are occupied by Beijing-influenced communities (probable under current policy settings) or

    “Beijing-influenced communities” are on track to elect >half of Parliament ? In what timeframe ?