Australians are done with China

There are always commies, kowtowers and useful idiots floating about the place. The latest fitting one or all of those descriptions is Colin Patrick Mackerras (Mackerras), an Australian sinologist and Emeritus Professor at Griffith University, who appeared in the Chinese propaganda organ, Global Times:

GT: In the past decade, Australia’s relations with China have changed a lot under the influence of the US. What would you like to say to the new Australian government about the relations with China?

Mackerras: Australia-China relations were very good indeed for decades. After the establishment of diplomatic relations under the [Gough] Whitlam government in 1972, cultural, educational and other exchanges blossomed, trade grew until China became Australia’s top trading partner and leaders visited each other’s country and carried on successful diplomacy. It seems to me that the relationship reached a high point in 2014 when President Xi Jinping visited Australia and the relationship was declared to be one of comprehensive strategic partnership, with the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement reached the following year. Since about that time, a variety of factors has caused the relationship to deteriorate. Many of these, though by no means all, result from Australia’s excessive dependence on the US. I would add that [former] prime minister Scott Morrison and foreign minister Marise Payne were not good diplomats. Morrison was excessively and unnecessarily abrasive in his dealings with China (and others). The signing of the Australia-United Kingdom-United States agreement, under which Australia broke a contract for arms purchase with France and promised instead to buy nuclear-powered submarines from the US and UK, threw Australia back into an earlier and one hoped bygone era of excessive and to some extent exclusive military engagement with the Anglosphere.

Will the relationship improve under the new government (elected on May 21, 2022) led by Anthony Albanese and the Australian Labor Party? I certainly hope so.

There are negative signs. Labor policy is similar in many ways to that of Morrison and his government. However, there are also positive signs. Albanese and his Foreign Minister Penny Wong are much better diplomats and do not engage in “megaphone” diplomacy and are less prone to issue self-righteous pronouncements that judge China as bad and immoral.

We’ll have to wait and see. I don’t expect immediate change, but I do think there will be improvements over the next few months, and I remain optimistic about the mid-term to long-term future. Trade remains extremely important for both countries. It is totally obvious to me that it is in Australia’s interests to get on well with China.

This is entirely backwards. ScoMo’s abrasive diplomacy only exposed the structural fracture between liberal Australia and illiberal China. Mackerras is just shooting the messenger.

That fracture opened and then widened as the dictatorial Xi Jinping set about pirating the global liberal order with his own illiberal version after 2011. This took the form of corrupting global institutions; militarising the South China Sea; buying Western universities; bribing parliaments; bullying with trade wars, installing dubious tech, the ravages of COVID19, wolf wankers, 14 conditions to end democracy, so on and so forth.

It’s really no more complex than the Chinese Communist Party held its great ‘coming out’ decade. It’s not a friend after all. It’s a dictator.

The good professor can be as eminent as he likes about the subtleties of Chinese this and that but, frankly, who cares beyond this basic truth?

Like Donald Trump before him, just about Scott Morrison’s only success was in allowing this underlying reality to determine policy rather than succumbing to Beijing’s “peaceful rise” fig leaf for illiberal imperialism.

The punter in the street knows this is her bones, according to the latest Lowy Poll:

I could go on. The Australian people have woken up to the threat of Chinese tyranny because it’s flagrantly obvious.

Blaming ScoMo for this is either idiotic or corrupt.

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  1. Ronin8317MEMBER

    The base on Solomon Island settles the question once and for all. That is not the action of a friend.

    • Charles MartinMEMBER

      We’ve been reassured there will be no base. If we can’t trust Penny Wong, then I don’t know who we can trust.

      • TailorTrashMEMBER

        Just like those reassurances that the built sandbanks in SCS wouldn’t be military bases …..

    • Grand Funk RailroadMEMBER

      Its weird you know. That says more than 80 percent of Australians are of

      Australian
      English
      Irish
      Scottish

      Origins.

      I have been recently berated for identifying this very fact (to which you could get another 10% easily by adding North European, Italian, Greek, Turkish, Polish, othe Slav or Spanish Portuguese) when i noted the last and all recent census had said about the same thing.

      Whenever i read people going on about not enough non European newsreaders, or ‘white’ workplaces, i wonder what their frame of reference is.

      Of the Chinese themselves, the vast bulk are pretty decent and hard working members of the community, who tend to exhort much the same beliefs Australians do, and those who came here prior to the 2000s tend to be pretty hostile towards the CCP

      • TailorTrashMEMBER

        Need to become more like Uk……less than 10% Asian and black ….but 30% of faces on TV are Asian or black
        ……no doubt some would whinge that it should be more …..

        • Grand Funk RailroadMEMBER

          I am not sure where Kaufman is getting his figures from

          I am seeing 89% of Australians reported to the ABS that they were NW European, Eastern or Southern European, or US, Canada or South Africa…….

          ….and a further 6% were ‘not stated’

          Of the same data you could claim that about 95% of Australians were to all intents and purposes Caucasian or white, particularly if you add circa 2% of other nations pretty white on the streets of Sydney and Melbourne

      • I get somewhat p155ed off over this ancestry bit, 50 yrs ago the southern Europeans migrating here were not welcomed by the average person, but both sides of politics supported the level of immigration so there was no media argument like there is now. All the arguments you hear today were said back then, but you won’t hear that now about the “wogs” because all those claims proved to be false, as I believe will be proved false with the asians and muslims. They will become Australian, and we will also change a bit.

        What I don’t like about immigration the last 20 yrs is the rate of change, I’m not happy having very religious people coming here getting citizenship very quickly and having an impact in marginal seats about how progressive this country will be. I would like to point out that if they were from the midwest bible belt my reaction would be the same: Stop, Do Not Enter!

        Btw, as an aside look at how the Irish were viewed and treated in the US in the late 1800s.

        • peterbruceMEMBER

          Spot on dennis, your second para has totally nailed my concerns as well. Well put!

  2. Australians would rather sell their house to a Chinamen then an Australian it meant they got a few extra dollars. That is all you need to know about Australians. Oh and then they will pretend to be patriotic on Anzac day. End of story……

    • Agree. They should sell their houses to the compatriots with a material discount.
      The latter can then sell them to the Chinese for a premium.

    • White people stole the country from Aboriginals. Like all things stolen, it was never valued and flogged off cheap.

  3. Wait for India to play out….not necessarily militarily but in terms of a leech on the overtly corrupt Australian economy…an exact mirror image of it’s own values and reality

  4. good to see a healthy majority have confidence in Jacinda as a leader ……….. that”ll scare the bogie man away, and keep us safe !

  5. More antiquated unipolar thinking.
    The US controls about 750 bases in at least 80 countries worldwide and spends more on its military than the next 10 countries combined. Besides Djibouti, where else does China have a base worldwide?
    Are China to blame when crooks from both sides of politics and academia happily took the money and the cushy positions or does it reflect damningly on the character of the people that were bought?

    • Fishing72MEMBER

      So you think the fact that the CCP found corruptible politicians to bribe exonerates the CCP of evil intent?

      Bizarre.

    • All those US bases are there with the blessing of those countries, as they are afraid of their neighbors, especially the large dictatorial ones like China & Russia as they don’t want to become victims like Ukraine. In USD terms the US does seem to spend a lot but win using other measures eg number of ships, tanks, arms etc it’s a much narrower gap with China, even a deficit in some areas eg ships, soldiers…
      But, yeah, we are to blame for our own corruption, not China

  6. Uncle WattleberryMEMBER

    *Albanese and his Foreign Minister Penny Wong are much better diplomats and do not engage in “megaphone” diplomacy and are less prone to issue self-righteous pronouncements that judge China as bad and immoral.*

    That reads like classic CCP rhetoric and not Col Mackerras. He’s either mastered the art or the GT has heavily edited his words.

  7. One can only hope what DLS says is true, and the average voter is aware that CCP influence is a worry. There is an alarming tweet of Brian Walker’s, rep for the Legalise Cannabis Party in WA Upper House, who is apparently informing his opinion on ANZUS with misinformation about abortion law in Alabama. I would have hoped our cross bench elected reps would be basing their opinions, and votes, on facts, not on made up alarmism from Twitter, but that doesn’t seem to be the case!

  8. Leroy Huggins

    My trust level in various leaders:

    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern -> no, globalist against her own population (brown foreigners come first)
    French President Emmanuel Macron -> no, globalist against his own population (brown foreigners come first)
    Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida -> partial, in the globalist group but not as against his own population as others
    UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson -> no, globalist against his own population (brown foreigners come first), also bad actor of global scale
    US President Joe Biden -> no, globalist against his own population (brown foreigners come first), also bad actor of global scale
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi -> no, puts India first but we do not have shared interests, acts against Australia’s interests
    Indonesian President Joko Widodo -> no, puts Indonesians first but we do not have shared interests, acts against Australia’s
    Chinese President Xi Jinping -> no, puts Chinese first but we do not have shared interests, acts against Australia’s interests, bad actor on global scale (subversion, threats, biological terror against others)
    Russian President Vladimir Putin -> yes, trust, puts Russia first appropriately, stands against the other globalist terrorists (do understand Ukrainians and some other Europeans having a different view however)
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un -> no, but more than the globalist leaders

    No leader that bombs other sovereign nations without excuse, or supports such actions (Syria, cough, Libya cough, Iraq cough..), and supports force vaxxing their own population (with experimental concoctions), and replacing their own population… deserves trust, and cannot be considered good actors on the global stage. That eliminates every single Western leader, except potentially Japan (if they can be considered truly Western). Some select Eastern European leaders would fare better. Hungary… the Visegrad group..

    Anyone with a brain cannot look at Australian census data and see anything but 5 decades of sincere and utter treason against the Australian population and the nation. Current leadership crop in the same vane. You cannot trust a leader who cannot even bother to orientate to his own people’s needs.

  9. “Australia’s relations with China have changed a lot under the influence of the US. ”
    Got to love it when they give you the answer they want in the question! (and excuse Xi at the same time)

    edit: and ignore the fact it was Australia leading America eg blacking Huawei etc

  10. Why do Australians love Ardern so much? Probably wouldn’t if they had to live in NZ.

    • Er, no. In fact the majority of Kiwis woild be quite happy to swap her for one of the 501 deportees

      Most kiwis are sick to death of her sanctimonious virtue signalling hypocrisy.

  11. The people in charge of Australia do not care what Australians think or want. They have proven over and over that they will think and do as they are told. Especially when an ever increasing number come from overseas.