Electioneering Albo tries to undo Labor’s China treason

Finally, the message appears to have sunk in at Labor’s headquarters that committing treason is not a great election strategy. Today the leader of the opposition, Anthony Albanese, appeared at The Australian to dramatically pivot away from China. According to Albo:

Anthony Albanese says restarting dialogue with China will be a challenge no matter who wins the next election, forecasting a difficult relationship for the foreseeable future under the “forward-leaning” global ambitions of President Xi Jinping.

In a break from Labor’s criticism of the government’s handling of the relationship with China, the Opposition Leader said it was going to be a “challenging relationship regardless of who is in government” and backed the Biden administration’s “competition without catastrophe” ­approach to Beijing.

In an interview with The Australian, Mr Albanese said the foreign policy of a future Labor government would be based on the “three pillars” of the US alliance, regional engagement and support for multilateral forums.

Albo goes on to say:

  • Morrison should never have criticised “negative globalism”.
  • That LAbor stands as one with the government on the South China Sea, HK, human rights and protecting Australian sovereignty.
  • He still wants to kowtow to get a dialogue going but admitted even that would be hard to achieve.

In short:

“I see myself very much as a supporter of the Biden administration’s framing of it, of competition without catastrophe. How do we acknowledge that there is competition there and deal with it, but deal with it in a way that doesn’t lead to catastrophe?

“That means engaging not just with the US but with our other allies in the region.”

He said it was important a strong trading relationship with China was a “permanent feature of the landscape”.

“We need to acknowledge the achievement that is there in terms of the greatest ever lifting of an enormous proportion of the population out of poverty that we have seen China have in the last couple of decades.”

This is all a far cry from the shadow foreign affairs spokesperson, Penny Wong, and her shockingly dangerous and dated drivel from a few short weeks back:

…ultimately, we should heed Allan Gyngell’s reminder that in all Whitlam’s “thinking about foreign policy he emphasised the need to face up to the realities of the world”.

It’s about honest assessments of our interests, and bold pursuit of them. It’s about facing the reality that while much of our history is in Europe, our home and our future are in the Indo-Pacific.

And it’s about recognising – as one of Whitlam’s successors, Paul Keating, said – that we need to find our security in Asia, not from Asia.

It appears MB attacks on Labor – for we are the only ones making them – are having an effect. The question is, is it real or just pre-election window-dressing?

Firstly, given the timing, we can only conclude that it is the latter.

Secondly, where is the policy ballast for this pivot? Labor is neck-deep in fifty years of intellectual and marketing collateral that supports the “Asian century” and “Asian engagement”. Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong was spouting it two weeks ago. It’s still there in Albo’s speech, in the China trade as a “permanent feature of the landscape”. There’s been no White Paper nor policy discussion nor deeply considered policy process since then. Just this this sudden pre-election pivot.

Third, when China dumped upon Australia the 14 conditions to end democracy, Labor failed catastrophically.  This historic document is on the scale of the Magna Carta only it is the reverse of it. That is why Australia was invited to present it at the G7 gathering of free states.  Yet Labor has never repudiated it and blamed the Morrison government for it.  This betrayed a Labor culture and judgment as so compromised by CCP sympathies that it sided with China in a psy-ops war upon Australia the likes of which has not been seen since WWII.

A little speech by Albo the electioneer declaring that he will protect Australian sovereignty now is about as convincing as Scott Morrison declaring he’s done a great job of the vaccine rollout.

No, Albo. You can’t be trusted on China. Nor, therefore, can you be trusted with the management of Australia’s national interest.

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  1. LabrynthMEMBER

    All Labor has to do during the Christmas holidays is call a conference of all Labor members to a retreat and have a private pow wow. From there they can reset their policy position on almost everything including China, Immigration etc… Everyone will forget the old Labor. Hammer the message to the electorate like Tony Abbott did in opposition and win the next election.

    • Labor is simply not capable of resetting, on Mass Immigration. It follows logically, they are not capable of resetting on China. Which will continue to provide mass migrants, unless the CCP literally bars any and all Chinese visas into Australia.

        • kannigetMEMBER

          Like the LNP campaigned heavily on strong borders and let in 300K of people… None of the big parties can be trusted to honour their election promises as the electorate has a very short memory these days.

  2. Yes, China would be reduced to rubble and Beijing and the city housing the special chinamen wiped out. China would not dare fire a single nuke at any ally of the US, ever. The CCP would simply cease to exist if they did.

  3. This is gonna be fun. Let’s watch all of the LNP fans here try and squirm outta this as their biggest reason reason why they will never vote Labor is removed. So far it looks like the approach is gonna be …this is just an election ploy….or it’s too late now.
    More hypocrisy about to have a light shone on it.

    • Word. Principles not fears.

      They could not be worse. And if they go full Chicken Kow Tow you can turf em out 3-4 years later.

      At present LNP <<<<<< Labor

      • TailorTrashMEMBER

        Not trusting labor is not the same as saying you can trust the LNP …both the big parties stink just as bad
        …..but one is more in the China pocket than the other as DLS points out
        A new form of selecting governments is what is needed ( maybe proportional representation of some form )
        ….it might give more instability but it could be more representative and and dare we hope honest

        • kannigetMEMBER

          the LNP has a history of speaking with a forked tongue on China, and their current stance was forced on them by Trump and trying to suck up to his administration.

          Cubby station was supposed to be sold back, but they turn a blind eye…
          Port of Darwin was allowed to go through, despite it being a key defensive asset…
          FIRB… all talk no action.

          While I dont like the CCP stance of the ALP, at least you know they have that stance… who know what the real stance the LNP have on them….

  4. ChinajimMEMBER

    This myth about lifting X millions out of poverty is getting bit worn out. What actually happened is the people of China, through their hard work, lifted themselves out of poverty once the boot of the CCP had been partially lifted off them by the reforms introduced by Deng from 1979.

    The policies of the CCP thrust millions in to poverty in the 50s and 60s. And of course this was in addition to the hundreds of millions who had been impoverished and immisserated by the turmoil of the Japanese occupation and then the civil war that brought the CCP to power.

    And let’s be very clear about the poverty numbers here. 600 million Chinese still live on less than $US5 a day. Less than five bucks a day in 2021.


    So saying the CCP have lifted X millions out of poverty needs to be qualified. X million Chinese managed to lift themselves out of desperate poverty once the CCP relaxed the implementation of some of its core ideologies, which had up to then, been catastrophic.

  5. The BystanderMEMBER

    >The question is, is it real or just pre-election window-dressing?

    Until they clearly state their position, this is nothing more than testing the waters. Albo is probably (hopefully) thinking that the pro-China position will get him nowhere at next year’s election, but rather than jump straight into a bipartisan position with Scummo (and think of something else to distinguish Labor from Liberal – heaven forbid!), he wants to see what the response is to a more hawkish stance.

    Yes, this is normal in politics. No, I’m not voting for Labor if the best they can do on China is timidly acknowledge that dialogue might do bugger all to get the PRC to stop interfering with us. I don’t *want* to give Scummo my vote, but on this issue alone he’s higher in my preference list right now

  6. The fact Albo says things like “forward-leaning” instead of fascist or even aggressive or parroting the propaganda of lifting millions out of poverty largely due to the CCPs own actions & prior closing off shines a light on actual thoughts. And then there is the grey beards working in the background to save their “legacies” of when nearly everyone thought China would be a responsible global player. So yes, need solid action

  7. El MerenderoMEMBER

    Difficult to support a party that allows so much airspace to the likes of Kim Il Carr, who no doubt has still an active network of influence in some places (e.g. current head of Universities Australia used to work for him) and is primarily responsible for the mess in the HE sector re China engagement. I’ll be fractionally more inclined to believe ALP when I see more Kimberley Kitchings in their ranks, and them being more vocal and explicit about defending our core national interests.

  8. Mr Albanese is a terrible leader. Invertebrate.
    Essentially the Chinese are our friends and we will need them for a stable prosperous future.

  9. “We need to acknowledge the achievement that is there in terms of the greatest ever lifting of an enormous proportion of the population out of poverty that we have seen China have in the last couple of decades.”

    Ummmm, it will take a decade give or take for China to find a new iron ore supplier and even by then their demand will have tapered off. The economic relationship is done. Get over it, Albo.

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