AFR coralled by CCP agent of influence

Via the AFR today:

A Chinese government adviser has urged the Morrison government to try and repair ties with Beijing by expressing interest in President Xi Jinping’s new five-year economic plan and offering to send ministers to Beijing as a sign of goodwill.

Mei Xinyu, a research fellow at the Ministry of Commerce’s Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, warned Beijing would take further “countermeasures” against Australia if it continued to take a “hostile” approach towards China.

“It is high time for current Australia officials to change their views on China and Australia should take the initiative to repair the bilateral relationship,” he told The Australian Financial Review. “Lots of things can be done.”

Mr Mei approached The Australian Financial Review for an interview, suggesting his comments have been sanctioned by the powerful Commerce Ministry which is the government agency behind the ban.

You lost us at “Mr Mei approached The Australian Financial Review”.

We know what Beijing wants. To restore the underhanded backroom deals of yesteryear that will slowly but surely capture Australian elites and politicians, increase Chinese settlement, and eventually overtake the Australian democracy such that ANZUS becomes meaningless and the CCP supplants the US as the regional hegemon.

That way the CCP takes over everything without firing a shot in anger. Which is why it must be resisted at all costs.

The always excellent Adrian Blundell-Wignall has an answer to how this can be resisted while finding safety in numbers:

This brings me back to Trump’s mistake of mixing economics and ideology. President Obama was a part of the negotiations for TPP. It was to be the most comprehensive approach to dealing with trade issues in general, and with the China issues in particular. Trumpism had the perfect tool in its hands – but Obama negotiated it.

TPP dealt with all the usual trade issues but includes four critical chapters: state-owned enterprises and designated monopolies, intellectual property, labour and the environment. The SOE chapter is excellent. An SOE includes companies where direct or indirect ownership lets governments muster 50 per cent of the voting rights, or where you get to appoint half the board anyway (this would cover most listed companies in China where Communist Party participation on boards is required).

TPP adherents agree not to provide non-commercial assistance to SOEs that unfairly enhances their competitiveness vis a vis other companies in other markets. It sets out “no less favourable treatment” for buying and selling goods and services across borders. In essence, that means an SOE must treat all parties at least as well as the treatment it avails to its own associated parties (including foreign subsidiaries operating inside its own borders).

The intellectual property chapter affirms commitment to Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and the labour rights chapter is admirable. There are some things the Biden administration should look at improving if it were to join TPP. The environment chapter language is vague and fairly non-binding. Government procurement processes need to be included in TPP. Remedies will require stronger monitoring.

Our major issue with the TPP was its opacity. It did not release key details to the public in terms of how sovereignty would be altered around IP, foreign labour and other areas and so repeated the very mistakes of working-class hollowing out and disenfranchisement that gave birth to Donald Trump in the first place. If these considerations can be addressed then, sure, let’s revisit it.

Most encouraging today is the often revolting AFR editorial which, contrary to its own reporters, gives kowtowing short-shrift:

China’s great power ambitions and geostrategic assertiveness mean there is no way to wish our way back to the benign, mutually beneficial two-way trade relationship of the early 21st-century China boom, which allowed Australia to grow richer by helping China grow rich too.

Australia must protect its democracy, even if the world-first ban on a role for Huawei in Australia’s 5G network build, or Malcolm Turnbull’s foreign interference laws, or the Morrison government’s foreign relations bill – which will impose a security veto on compromising agreements between foreign powers, on the one hand, and state or local governments and universities on the other – displeases Beijing.

Australia has no option but to hold the line on protecting its sovereignty, and hope that showing China that coercion will not work establishes a platform for restoring the relationship.

Exactly. There is no way back so stop publishing Chinese propaganda.

David Llewellyn-Smith
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    • “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”

      2 + 2 = racism
      2 + 2 = we take cricket bat and go home
      2 + 2 = we teach you lesson

      But this isn’t a ‘China’ problem, it’s a consequence of political opportunism and a 30 year legacy of lazy politics. Yep, ‘bet the farm on China’ was the most stupid political call since Governor Bligh thought that hiding under the bed was a safe-space protecting him from the Rum Corps.

      Not having the freedom to call out the compromises and corruption that have flown out of the Pandora’s Box of Globalisation and Neoliberalism is central to the collapse of democracy. Active censorship and self censorship has allowed cultural decay due to the ‘look over here’ circus that employs clowns. Last night we learnt that the ABC believes that the ‘kiss and tell’ antics of pond life in Canberra and gossip is the main rot in our lives. Not a great look I agree, but has everyone been asleep for 30 years while the entire country has been rogered?

          • Although the KK piece was interesting. I’m totally sure that many “blokes” in that circle are scum. But is KK expecting us to believe that she’s strong when it comes to standing up against tyranny, when she does not even have the tools to deal with drunk d-heads at a Canberra ball? This isn’t a Canberra thing, it’s endemic. How does a vulnerable woman without power in a remote community deal with this sort of thing? Instead we are supposed to believe that the most privileged and powerful women in our nation’s history are dealing with issues of crassness that is what, more intolerable than experienced by young girls living in dysfunctional families where drugs, alcohol and poverty are at play?

            KK and SHY’s privilege was looking pretty big in those ball gowns. I’ve got a feeling that a lot of women were thinking WTF? These ladies came across as being way out of touch and were no Maggie Thatchers or Jacinda Arderns. Australia has loads of strong and capable women who would eat up crass men and spit them out – these were not of that ilk. These were the victimhood lobby for wealthy girls with an ideological axe to grind as Rome burns.

      • Great post. Letting in islamists who use mass murder to shut down freedom of speech, is fundamentally(!) daft.
        On an island of tribes, culture matters.

      • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

        Great comment Clive. I also heard on MSM last night that the Biden win has been great for stocks. Where far more likely it’s the Republicans retaining the senate. I don’t care either way, but FFS, tell the truth.

        The media are treasonous, and getting worse.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            More so Biden can’t reverse the tax cuts, and can’t spend on social programs he had planned on.

            Cant think of why Biden would be good for stocks. You can?

            Like I said, I don’t care, but did they have to say it was because of Bidens win when it’s probably not true?

            Is the media lying to us or creating narrative in our interests?

          • Totes dear boy, look at capital market history. Stock markets have a much superior record historically with a Democrat president than with a Republican. Helped by Democrats being elected at the bottom of depressions, true, but beside the point. And yes gridlock means that Biden’s measures for fiscal responsibility (i.e. tax increases to make the filthy rich less filthy) won’t pass. Since current fiscal taps are on by under-taxing the 1% vs the rest of the population, stock market happy.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER


            Tax cuts won’t change. That’s what I’d already said.

            So given we’re not at the bottom, what reason does a Biden win give us stock surge?

            It doesn’t. It’s because Republicans retained the senate, so Biden can’t pass legislation.

            Which is what I’ve already said.

      • Stewie GriffinMEMBER

        Not having the freedom to call out the compromises and corruption that have flown out of the Pandora’s Box of Globalisation and Neoliberalism is central to the collapse of democracy.

        Yup. When the language of self interest has been erased i.e. nationalism, it leaves you without the ability to define what your problem is, let alone argue on its behalf.

    • ‘Wolf warriors’ in China have openly remarked that Australia is the ‘chicken’ that must be killed to scare the ‘monkey’, (USA). Which one is the party souring the relationship?

  1. offering to send ministers to Beijing as a sign of goodwill.

    At the airport…… please step this way……… 3 months later they get first access to an Australian consular official by video conference.

  2. why do our Ministers have to go there in person?

    Have the chinese finally perfected mind control a la the Manchurian candidate?

    • They want to negotiate on their terms, on their ground. Putting us in the position of the barbarians visiting the court of the Middle Kingdom. Beg to have a conversation or they’ll throw a hissy. Stuff that. Australian sovereign can decide in its internal affairs to deny tax deductibility on all purchases by corporates outside of Australia and favoured nations. Including retailers. State Governments to follow same rules if they want funding from Canberra.

  3. TPP is a nothing, just as the WTO is a nothing if you ignore it… that’s why Australia is even bothering raising an objection about recent bans. There is no point,

    We have to diversify, and quickly.

  4. Birmingham needs to learn that the way to communicate with those that don’t know how to pick up the phone is via print in the Global Times.

  5. robert2013MEMBER

    “offering to send ministers to Beijing as a sign of goodwill”

    That is more or less exactly who performed the kow tow before Europeans upset the balance of power in East Asia.

  6. China’s long term goal is simple, it’s to encircle and weaken the United States to the point where they either fight a losing war or surrender. This is classic Chinese military tactics.

    As for Australia, the country matters a great deal for its mineral wealth and its strategic location as well as for the morale boost of subjugating an ‘Anglo-Saxon’ country. They intend to corrupt us, co-opt our elites to do their bidding, saturate us with immigration and then over time slowly consume us. If we want the country to remain liberal, democratic and prosperous, we must resist them with every means necessary otherwise we will become just another people trampled down like the Tibetans, the Urghurs and the Hong Kongers…

    • ‘Strategic location’?

      Like what Kissinger said about Chile?

      “A dagger pointed at the heart of Antarctica”

      Heh heh