Biden’s man: Trump right on China

Via the AFR:

In comments that would be reassuring to the Morrison government, incoming Secretary of State Tony Blinken described the revitalisation of America’s core alliances as “force multipliers of our influence around the world” and would seek to stop China setting the rules and norms for the 21st century.

“I think, as we’re thinking about how to deal with China … we have to start by approaching China from a position of strength, not weakness.

“When we are acting alone against Chinese excess in commercial areas, we are about 25 per cent of world GDP. When we’ve got allies and partners with us, depending who it is, it’s 50 to 60 per cent. It’s a much heavier weight for China to ignore.”

“I believe that President Trump was right in taking a tougher approach to China,” Mr Blinken said.

In short, the Biden Administration is shaping as a more powerful adversary than Trump. The number one priority must be to torpedo Europe’s ridiculous China investment deal. Why should the US protect Europe from Russia via NATO while that sort of betrayal transpires (hello Australia).

In fact, the US should be marshaling a full-boar financial containment of China. It’s absurd to have western savings recycled by Wall St as the destruction of local jobs, not to mention the republic.

Tax Ray Dalio out of existence!

Or not:

The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) is calling upon the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to demand Tony Blinken, Joe Biden’s pick to be Secretary of State, explain anonymous Chinese funding of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement that Joe Biden established in 2018 with the University of Pennsylvania, where Blinken was Managing Director and other Biden aides from the Obama Administration operated as the government-in-waiting.

The confirmation hearing is scheduled for January 19, 2021 at 2:00 PM.

NLPC filed a major complaint with the Department of Education earlier last year demanding that the University of Pennsylvania and its Penn Biden Center disclose the identity of $22 million in anonymous Chinese donations since 2017, including a single eye-popping donation of $14.5 million given on May 29, 2018, shortly after the opening of the Biden Center in Washington, DC. Altogether, China gave $67 million in two years to the University of Pennsylvania.

Hmmm…

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  1. Hopefully they are just playing the CCP at their own game, say all the right things, take the money, ignore all the promises you made & do what is best for you.

    • It hasn’t.
      Let’s face it. What are either of our countries going to do if, say, The Virus gets way out of control and every man and their family wants to get on a private or public ship or plane and head here? Stop them at the border? Tell them to go back home because they haven’t filled in the right forms? Are we going to shoot them out of the sky as they arrive or torpedo the ships in Botany Bay?
      Nope. If, those that want to come – for whatever reason – decide to, en masse, there’s very little we can or will do about it.
      Partnerships might come in handy if muscles need to be flexed.

      • Hernando de Soto

        You are a fool if you think the US will lift a finger to help Australia – why would they? The ANZUS treaty has none of the mutual obligations NATO does.

        • Fool? How so? U wumao?
          Given the similarities between 1930s Japan the US would let poo help himself?
          “Tell em he’s dreaming”

        • Australia has bountiful supplies of minerals including rare earths. Its geographical location make it the ideal launching point for operations in case of conflict in south east Asia. Much the same as it did in World War Two. Australia hosts important bases pivotal to the Five Eyes network. Anyone who says the US has no interest in keeping Australia intact is talking piffle.

        • Don’t be silly. The US has gone to war over far less. It irks me that Aussie erseholes are so anti-US with US protection, but it is protected. No chance that a globalized USA lets China do much of anything to an English-speaking democracy.

          • ashentegraMEMBER

            The noisy, tiny minority who diss Australia’s alliance with the US do not reflect the opinions and philosophy of the Australian people.

            Have a look: https://poll.lowyinstitute.org/themes/united-states

            The US polity and military hold Australia in the highest regard, not simply for our historic partnership, but also for the quality of our people, our democracy, our armed forces and unselfish engagement with the world.

            If China turns ballistic, the question won’t be: How can Australia help? It will be: What are we together going to do about it?

          • I don’t want to rain on the parade, but every poll I see is negative about the US, except for when it comes to Australia’s defense. This kind of cognitive dissonance is akin to moral hazard, I think. No matter. The end result is the same. Slag the hell out of us and still have a defense partner. It must be nice to deal with the proper side of the Military Industrial Complex. It breeds the world’s most complacent people.

  2. No need to tax Ray Dalio out of existence, just let him do more Chinese investment.

    The guy totally screwed up COVID-19. If he wanted to now what was going on, all he needed to do was hop a plane to Hong Kong or Shanghai and ask questions. I did. It was clear after 5 minutes in Changi/HKIA that the world was heading into a sh&t storm…

    As for ANZUS, Hernando is right. There is no mutual defence obligation, only an obligation to “consult” – and only in the event that something happens in the Pacific. The Treaty has no teeth

    • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

      American Plutocracy loves its military industrial complex and profits greatly from it.

      No point in funding if it cant even support allies with large resource holdings and exclusive investment opportunities!

      “In the current era, the military–industrial complex is seen as a core part of American policy-making. The American domestic economy is now tied directly to the success of the MIC”

      “According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, total world spending on military expenses in 2018 was $1822 billion. 36% of this total, roughly $649 billion, was spent by the United States.[35] The privatization of the production and invention of military technology also leads to a complicated relationship with significant research and development of many technologies. In 2011, the United States spent more (in absolute numbers) on its military than the next 13 nations combined.[36]

      The military budget of the United States for the 2009 fiscal year was $515.4 billion. Adding emergency discretionary spending and supplemental spending brings the sum to $651.2 billion.[37] This does not include many military-related items that are outside of the Defense Department budget. Overall the U.S. federal government is spending about $1 trillion annually on defense-related purposes.[38]

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military–industrial_complex#Third_(current)_era

      “The biggest employer in the United States’ very own Defense Department, which had 3.2 million people on its payroll last year. That number, the Economist points out, means that 1 percent of Americans work for DoD.

      According to the DoD’s jobs Web site, 700,000 of those 3.2 million employees are civilians, and agencies and offices that employ them include the Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Cold War Recognition Certificate, and Coast Guard Academy”

      • “In the current era, the military–industrial complex is seen as a core part of American policy-making. The American domestic economy is now tied directly to the success of the MIC”

        ^^^^

        Plus, does anyone really think the USA are so terrible they can’t actually win any wars? The problem with winning wars is there’s SFA profit to be made from it. Now continued occupation(s), boots on the ground, helping partners “nation-build”, there’s billions of dollars in that.

      • Conspiracy-theory rubbish that allows strayans to think they’re victims of the US rather than massive beneficiaries of US hegemony. Shameful mental masturbation.

  3. Ailart SuaMEMBER

    “Tony Blinken described the revitalisation of America’s core alliances as “force multipliers of our influence around the world” and would seek to stop China setting the rules and norms for the 21st century.”

    I’d describe it as a rock and a hard place. Under the current ‘Sherriff’, the world hasn’t been travelling that good – particularly for around 99% of global population. For them, quality of life has been heading south, when, with the benefit of learning from past mistakes and new technology, there’s simply zero excuses for quality of life not being on the up and up for the majority. After all, isn’t that what democracy is all about?

    I’m over 70; there’s been many times in my life when I’ve had the arse hanging out of my pants. Conversely, I’ve also been on the opposite end of the equation. I’ve shovelled chook shit into bags to supplement a struggling muso’s income – and among many other things, I’ve owned takeaway health food outlets, a night club and I’ve also been general manager of marketing for a large national financial entity. Done a lot and seen a lot, you could say.

    In the last few decades, what I’ve seen and what I’m seeing now, is not good. What stands out like the proverbial, is that the systems used to install and supposedly make governments accountable, are nowhere near capable of producing the leadership required to deal with 21st century issues and beyond. They were struggling in the 1980’s and 90’s! I won’t be around much longer, so it’s up to you young folk to initiate the Constitutional and electoral changes that restore genuine democracy and with it, yours and your children’s quality of life. The first change should be to have all forms of political donations banned, with election funding paid for by the fed. That alone will make a huge positive difference, with policy decisions more likely to be in favour of the country, planet and the people, rather than for the party ‘cash-cows’.

    • Thanks for the comment. It is terrible that living standards are falling so clearly and so consistently and yet so little is even said about it, let along done about it. We just accept it.

      • Ailart SuaMEMBER

        I imagine a petition signed by a million or so citizens, demanding the end of all political donations at all levels; delivered to the PM on the steps of parliament house would attract quite a bit of media attention. It would also almost guarantee results.

      • Jumping jack flash

        In a debt ponzi economy money usually flows towards the top of the pyramid, funded by those at the bottom.

        You enter the ponzi by paying the buy-in, grabbing a ton of debt and handing it up the pyramid.

        The solution is to make a bigger pie with controlled, universal, and most importantly, synchronised hyperinflation.

        I mean, those at the top of the ponzi, the winners of the New Economy have nothing to lose. Their position is all but assured. The effect will be to keep the plebs happy with all the fake debt money. And they will be happy. Debt smells and tastes like real money. Its good enough, as the last 20 years has proved.

    • Interesting post, a life well lived. Though it would not be genuine democracy I think your priority reform on donations is spot on and will lead to a better form of representative government.

  4. UK Variant of the Chinese Virus

    Biden had 40 years to be tough on China. First order of business was to encourage Mexicans to illegally enter the US again. That shows his priorities.

    • Genie is now well out of the bottle. And for all of his overwhelming faults, Trump is the man who outed it.

    • Christopher Kennett

      The unemployment rate in Mexico is 4%, 3% pre-COVID. Mexican population growth is basically flat.

      The people migrating illegally now are not Mexican, they are central American and in some cases even African. Mexico is just the final entry point. Mexicans migrate legally via Chain migration if they want to, or even just get a legit visa.

      These are the bad hombres that are response for a lot of crime and dysfunction – even just in their passage through Mexico.

    • More Mexicans are leaving the US than entering and it has been that way for several years now.

      • That’s completely ridiculous. And silly stats don’t help when most of the migration is undocumented. Silly strayan thinking. Do you really think that there’s net negative migration with the USA and virtually anyone else? You should look for work at the ABC.

  5. In fact, the US should be marshaling a full-boar financial containment of China.

    Full-boar, eh? So you want them to go the whole hog? 🙂

  6. The EU rate deal was pushed by Germany. Several days later German Telecom got granted the only licence to access the Chinese phone market – the Mutt was looking after her own.