China’s wolf warriors devour Australia’s possum pansies

China’s wolf wanker warrior diplomats may be a pack of arseholes. But at least they’ve got a bit of get up and go.

By comparison, Australia’s possum pansy diplomats are about as fearsome as a trampled flower bed. At The Guardian today:

Australia must work to prevent ties with China slipping into permanent hostility as the relationship becomes more vulnerable to frequent flare-ups, a former senior diplomat has warned.

Without careful management, Australia’s ties with its top trading partner could descend into a “permanently adversarial” state where parts of the economic relationship are regularly at risk, according to Richard Maude, until recently a deputy secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra.

He warned that it was easier to talk about finding new export markets than actually finding them, and Australia would be poorer and less resilient if competitive relations between China and the west deteriorated to a point where it jeopardised cooperation on major global challenges.

“Managing relations with an assertive China requires Australian patience, consistency and steadfastness on policy over the long term,” wrote Maude, the executive director of policy at the Asia Society Australia.

“The task is harder because China increasingly is conducting its diplomacy in a manner it would never accept from others. That diminishes China but is the nature of authoritarian power. Cool determination rather than indignation is the better response.”

The call came as Scott Morrison declared Australia would never “trade away our values” and would deal with other countries “fairly and honestly and openly”.

There’s more of the same from another possum pansy at Domain:

First and foremost, we need to put down the megaphone and start talking to Beijing as an equal, through normal diplomatic channels. Beijing might even reciprocate by tempering its threats. It might even hold off diversifying supply chains to markets offering lower quality and higher priced agricultural and mining products than Australia has to offer.

Secondly, we should support the Belt and Road Initiative by signing a memorandum of understanding with Beijing that says we will consider BRI projects in Australia on a case-by-case basis, each on its merits. We would not be compelled to do anything that was not in the national interest.

Importantly, it would give face to an initiative that is vital to Xi Jinping’s prestige at home and abroad. Signing up to the BRI would also make it easier for Australian business to take advantage of opportunities that are emerging in BRI markets across Central Asia, including projects intended to mitigate China’s reliance on certain imports from Australia.

Finally, we need to diversify our own export markets. Canberra’s hawks on China are right about this – we do have too many eggs in the China basket. But they are mistaken in the way they are approaching the problem. By continually incensing China on a range of non-trade issues, they risk losing the China market for many of our exporters before we have been able to establish alternative markets.

Baloney. Commodities are fungible go to highest bidder. The end.

As for shutting down the debate and quietly objecting to CCP encroachments, this is the very approach that got us to where we are today: half-colonised, overly-dependent and corrupted to the point of being unrecognisable. That is why the CCP insists upon it. It serves their interests.

What we need instead is sunshine and lots of it. Intense and burning light that exposes and rips through the relationship like a searing migraine. We need to permanently shift the normatives around CCP influence-peddling from yesteryear’s delusion that we could make a buck no strings attached, to today’s cold reality that doing so is treason.

Without that, what you end up with is this, also at Domain:

In response, [UQ Chancellor] Mr Varghese — a former head of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and a former director-general of the Australia’s peak intelligence agency, the Office of National Assessments — said that because Chinese students accounted for about 20 per cent of UQ’s revenue and China was a major research partner, “it would be surprising if the management of this relationship was not one of the vice-chancellor’s KPIs”.

“There is nothing subversive about this,” he said on Thursday.

Mr Varghese said that, while Professor Hoj had been criticised for his links to China it was “worth noting that he has been a significant contributor to the design of the (federal) government’s framework on how to manage areas of research with foreign partners that may have national security implications”.

…“Our political systems and values are very different. But boycotting China is not a sensible option. What we need is clear-eyed engagement with China which serves our interests and is faithful to our values,” Mr Varghese said.

How does UQ stand up in this assessment? It has gutted pedagogical standards more than anywhere else while crush-loading the campus with Chinese kids. It protects Chinese thugs while persecuting Australian pro-democracy protestors. It is in bed with the CCP consulate to a staggering degree. Its management is signed on to CCP United Front operations.

In short, it has sold Australia out under the banner of quiet diplomacy.

The lesson is, do not look to Australia’s possum pansy diplomatic corp to provide advice or support in the project of restoring sovereignty and democracy. DFAT is a sausage factory of backstabbing Sinophiles that are cookie cut to follow post-modern values of cultural engagement over hard-nosed modern assessments of strategic necessity.

They are useless as a policy organ in a post-globalisation world so use them for what they are good for – serving the tea – and leave it at that.

David Llewellyn-Smith
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  1. US dont put up with their sh1t, we get bent over by them all the time, they hate us but love to buy up our land/farms/commodities/agriculture/education/etcetcetc…stand the fck up Australia…

  2. I can just picture those chaps knotting their bow ties as they wrote those articles. We don’t want to diminish ourselves by being rude like the beastly Chinese diplomats because that’s not who we are. It’s better to lose rather than be impolite. Etc…

    • Stewie GriffinMEMBER

      This left handed ‘we must not offend, must not antagonise’, animus filled fearful self hating mindset is a direct result of the carefully cultivated notion that the West is inherently lazy and racist, and that any time our society attempts to push back on a foreign culture, it is ours which should be viewed critically with suspicion.

      Combined with the right handed neoliberal economic value set that demands every decision set we make must have the impact on the economy as the primary value set and lens through which we must view the problem, has completely white anted our society.

      It is these two new, culturally imposed lens that have been forcefully placed on the face of the Economic Zone Formally Known as Australia, which is what has turned our nation into the trampled on bed of pansies,,

    • truthisfashionable

      Like a Fight or Flight response, they would rather cower in fear whilst being yelled at by the CCP toddler tantrum team.

      • And by doing so you simply encourage further bad behaviour – any half competent parent knows that.

  3. For the CCP, a lot of this is just face, appearances.

    So, we should just be polite and friendly, but strong in our actions – don’t give them any superficialities to latch onto and make a media circus with.

    Play them.

    • Behind the scenes, both Morrisson and Xi have had a chat along the lines of “Look. We both have to look tough in front of the domestic audience. So we’ll do that, but we both know that between the two of us, it business as usual!”

      • Countries don’t trade with each other – people do.

        Just bluff and bluster. I never asked permission from anyone to trade with a counterparty abroad. We just did the deal.

          • As with all command economies pressure can be brought to bear, I’m sure. But in general, it’s all about people from businesses meeting and trading with one another.

            If the demand for Aussie goods is there, the goods will come, irrespective of what the CCP would like.

            If the Chinese consumer consciously boycotts our products, that’s different.

  4. With their last trade deal with Trump, China has to buy tons of US products like beef and Barley, it s probably not surprising they are cutting Oz for now

    • surfbeach2536

      That seems the obvious conclusion to draw but at the end of the day it is up to the buyer whether they want to buy the product or not.

      What I suggest is that the government imposes a “lack of good faith” levy on all exports to China with the revenue going to support the industries such as beef and barley that have so far been targeted.

      This will put up the cost of sales such as ore and coal to china but not to other customers. It is similar to suppliers charging a premium for sales (or not giving a discount) to risky customers

  5. CCP are realising just because they push their own people around and not get pushback, doesn’t mean they can do the same with the rest of the world’s people and not expect pushback.

  6. Andy McPherson

    “Baloney. Commodities are fungible go to highest bidder. The end.”
    Nope, markets are far from perfect, fungible commodities exist only in economists’ imaginations.
    Ask the Iranians who have to accept less for their oil because of sanctions.
    Ask any South African who had to sell gold during the 1980s sanctions.

    • DingwallMEMBER

      So now Australia is an international outcast like SA in the 80’s and Iran? Would suggest your examples are not exactly the view – your’s or MB’s.

      • Correct. Commodities are completely fungible – we’re not on a sanctions list as you say.

        (To be fair, I think there’s a couple of people on here who don’t understand the relevance of fungibility).

        • Shades of MessinaMEMBER

          Serious question – who else would buy our iron ore in the quantity that China currently does ?.

          • The point is, if you aggregate all demand and supply globally, it must balance out – markets must clear.

            If China cuts iron ore imports from Straya by 50% and increases imports by an identical amount from Brazil to make up the balance then Brazilian mines either have to ramp up production by that amount (almost impossible outside of setting about developing new mines and production facilities) or Brazil must stop supplying one or more of their current customers, who will then turn to Straya, obviously, as they will have stocks of iron ore sitting at the port ready to go. Who sells what to whom is ultimately irrelevant providing all sides get what they want / need. Straya’s risk is that Chinese total demand for commodities falls — which would mean lots of global suppliers trying to sell into a market with declining demand.

  7. graphicMEMBER

    Hu Xijin, the editor of the state-run Global Times wrote on Weibo “Australia is always there, making trouble. It is a bit like chewing gum stuck on the sole of China’s shoes.”

    They’re better at trading insults too. That one’s a cracker.

  8. SanchezMEMBER

    Story in news today about cyber attack on Bluescope Steel, our IT contractor said to me that Toll Holdings has been attacked with ransomware. Is this a China story that we a missing??

    • saw a lot of action from the eastern euros in that regards. its not necessarily china.

    • Toll got hit weeks ago. Days at a time when our site couldn’t access track n trace for good in transit & Toll had no answers

  9. Like a searing migraine

    A strange analogy

    Golf claps all round for possum pansies though

  10. “Australia’s possum pansy diplomats are about as fearsome as a trampled flower bed”

    Love it!

  11. I’m sure there were people in the mid-1930’s that thought if we’re nice to Nazi Germany then maybe they’ll be nice to us.

  12. TailorTrashMEMBER

    “One of the really big things about the review was the importance of social cohesion as a national resilience and national defence,” says Ms Durrant.

    “I think it’s critical for Australia not to take that for granted. It’s really critical for a nation to have a coherent sense of who we are, what we value.”

    Perhaps that question could be put to the owners of all the dog boxes that now litter our large cities and which we have been falling over ourselves to sell in last 20 years .
    …….the answer would be enlightening for sure …….

    • How do you get true social cohesion, understanding and support in a multicultural society?

  13. “it would be surprising if the management of this relationship was not one of the vice-chancellor’s KPIs”.
    “There is nothing subversive about this,”

    Spoken with the mealy-mouthed bemusement of someone who deals daily with the realpolitik of Australia. Much like an energy minister or oil executive describing their relationship with the Saudis.

    Haven’t we learned how that particular conceit works out ?

    These pricks are the reason democracy has been gutted.

  14. Steve1036MEMBER

    The guy working on government foreign relations policy is highly incentivised to increase Chinese students and that’s somehow a good thing?

  15. Taiwan is 160km away from China, have missiles pointed their way, yet show more backbone than these snivelling Aussies.

  16. …we should support the Belt and Road Initiative by signing a memorandum of understanding with Beijing that says we will consider BRI projects in Australia on a case-by-case basis.

    WHAT!? FFS ! If that happens let’s just hand over country.

  17. adelaide_economistMEMBER

    “Wolf warrior” diplomacy is already “winning” for China. Strong rumours about that TSMC (the Taiwanese company that runs the most advanced semiconductor fabs on the planet) will be building its next plant in the USA. Guess those belligerent threats about Taiwan being invaded are being taken seriously. China needs less emphasis on ‘saving face’ and more on understanding ‘own goals’.

  18. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. The CCP has shown its hand. An iron fist wrapped in a dollar bill. Give em the good old collective Aussie brown eye. As a matter of fact get one of our toady dipshit diplomats to deliver the brown eye in person.