China American Cold War

In mid-2018, the US declared the China American Cold War a go. It comprised a series of ratcheting trade tariffs by the Trump Administration directed at China. these were directed largely at shifting global manufacturing supply chains, especially in technology, away from China. The measures were directed specifically at China’s stated aim of dominating global technology, artificial intelligence and robotics by 2025.

Other dimensions of the growing Great Power conflict included freedom of navigation through the South China Sea where China had constructed series of far-flung militarised atolls that armed the distant approaches to its mainland and effectively claimed that ocean as sovereign Chinese.

The Cold War was also concentrated around Chinese ‘sharp power’ which had made significant inroads in influencing policy outcomes within the US alliance network in and around the Asia Pacific via bribes, debt diplomacy and corruption of media.

The China American Cold War showed all of the characteristics of an historic, ideological struggle between liberal democracy and statist growth that had defined the 20th century battle between the US and the Soviet Union.


Cold War 2.0 accelerates as “silicon curtain” drops

Via the FT: Beijing has ordered all government offices and public institutions to remove foreign computer equipment and software within three years, in a potential blow to the likes of HP, Dell and Microsoft. The directive is the first publicly known instruction with specific targets given to Chinese buyers to switch to domestic technology vendors,


Great Firewall of China arrives Downunder

A new probe, via Reuters: Australia on Thursday established an investigation into potential foreign political interference through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and WeChat. The review comes amid heightened Australian concerns that China is seeking to interfere in Canberra’s affairs, and after U.S. intelligence analysts found Russia had used social media to try


China Cold War or Luke Warm War?

Via ASPI comes Amy King is a senior lecturer at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University: For more than a century, close economic ties between China and Japan have developed in the absence of cooperative political and security relations, suggesting that the first is not a necessary precondition for the


How long can ScoMo protect CCP cash stooge Gladys Liu?

So says Domain, in news that will shock nobody: Liberal MP Gladys Liu secured access to the federal government for a company and Liberal Party donor endorsed by the Chinese Communist Party and later implicated in a major organised crime probe into $1 million in suspected drug money. Brighsun New Energy is the Australian subsidiary


CCP hacker sneaks editorial into AFR

How else to explain this propaganda: …Rather than a cause for a renewed security panic, the dairy deals suggests how economic engagement, trade, and investment can permit Australia to have a strong but not subservient relationship relationship with China. …The deeper the economic ties Australia has with China, the more secure it becomes from strategic


Cowards of Canberra launch minimal China pushback

This morning we find an Aussie being tortured in China, via The Guardian: The detained Australian writer Dr Yang Hengjun is being subjected to daily interrogations with his arms and legs shackled, as Chinese security officials try to “break” him, his lawyers say, pushing for him to confess to unspecified allegations of espionage that potentially


America First killing global liquidity?

Via GaveKal: Regular readers will know that among the key influences on global markets is what I call “international liquidity,” which I have long monitored using an item on the US Federal Reserve’s balance sheet labeled “securities held in custody for foreign official and international accounts.” This barbaric wording refers to the US dollar foreign


China releases fraud trial video of alleged spy

The Global Times obtained an exclusive video of self-proclaimed Chinese spy #WangLiqiang being tried for fraud at a Chinese court in 2016. — Global Times (@globaltimesnews) November 27, 2019 Make of that what you will. All I will add is that say the CCP has a long history of using our own media


Beijing blindsided by Hong Kong universal rebellion

Here’s the chart that will get somebody’s organs harvested imminently in Beijing. The Hong Kong local elections: What a smashing. Sinocism wraps it up nicely: All indications are that Beijing is still trying hard to keep trade and Hong Kong tensions separate in the relationship with the US. There are more official denunciations of the


Scummo operating “protection racket” for “double agent” Gladys Liu

So says Penny Wong buried deep in the Murdoch Press: Labor has accused the prime minister of running a protection racket for a Liberal MP facing questions about her ties to the Chinese government. As allegations of Chinese foreign interference swirl around federal parliament, opposition senator Penny Wong is demanding Gladys Liu explain her connection


Is Pauline Hanson or the world’s greatest tyranny the worry?

Kevin Rudd appears to think it’s the former: As we flagged earlier, Kevin Rudd returned to parliament today to launch Peter Hartcher’s Quarterly Essay on China’s attempts to build influence in Australia. Mr Rudd said Australia must “maintain domestic vigilance against any substantive, rather than imagined, internal threats to our democracy, our political institutions and our critical


How to beat China’s war on Australian freedom

Via Peter Hartcher: Beijing’s overreach is producing the beginnings of a resistance in much of the world. Australia was one of the earlier developed democracies to wake to China’s intrusions. The Turnbull government’s ban on Huawei and its foreign interference laws were the clearest signs. But now Australia is being tested again. Test one: The


Beijing emboldened by Hong Kong ballot box drubbing

Via Antony Dapiran in Hong Kong: Landslide in Hong Kong: In which the silent majority speaks Dear friends, This is A Procrastination, an email newsletter from Hong Kong: City on Fire. World-renowned China scholar Geremie Barmé calls Hong Kong the “Best China”. Well, we certainly saw the Best China on display yesterday. Hong Kong Votes It is unusual for


“Double agent” Gladys Liu bunkers as Australia demands answers

The pretend debate about Chinese influence in Australia plods on today. There’s lots of outrage and committees forming but no action. The AFP has launched another investigation, via The Australian: The Australian Federal Police has opened a formal investi­gation into claims by self-­proclaimed Chinese spy Wang Liqiang that Chinese intelligence services sought to interfere in


Crushing Hong Kong will end Chinese globalisation

Via Epoch Times: Elements of the immediate and long-term aftermath of a Hong Kong massacre may include the following catastrophic results for the CCP: The destruction of Hong Kong’s reputation as a safe and free haven for business. The “Hong Kong miracle” will become tarnished with a loss of foreign investment and tourism. Killing the


Hong Kong votes the CCP outta town

Via SCMP: Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp has made huge gains in the early stages of the city’s fiercely contested district council elections on Sunday, taking all but 19 of the first 150 seats to declare. The elections, held amid an anti-government movement now into its sixth month, are expected to serve as a barometer for how Hongkongers


ASIO surveils Manchurian Dan

This is what it has come to, via The Australian: ASIO is monitoring and advising the Andrews government on its controversial Belt and Road agreement, amid a dramatic surge in deals that have helped create a $10bn Chinese-Victorian export market. Victorian Premier Daniel ­Andrews has revealed Australia’s peak intelligence agency is monit­oring the initiative as


China is marching on Australia and we are horribly unprepared

Pretending to care is the bete noir of modern politics. As a singular globalisation ideology has moved inexorably foward, politicians and media have become little more than baubles adorning an unstoppable machine. They pretend to care about various interests groups impacted but nobody really challenges the status quo. Now this phony debate has taken a


China to declare trade war on Europe and vice versa

Via CNBC: China is heavily exposed to the U.S. dollar, but now, with the risk of “decoupling,” Beijing is silently diversifying its reserves to reduce its dependence on the world’s largest reserve currency, analysts say. Ongoing trade tensions with the U.S. has “increased the risk of a financial decoupling” between the two largest economies, ANZ


Australian dollar hit as US/China war of words erupts over Hong Kong

First it was the US Congress, via Reuters: The U.S. Senate, in a unanimous vote, passed legislation on Tuesday aimed at protecting human rights in Hong Kong amid China’s crackdown on a pro-democracy protest movement that has gripped the vital financial center for months. Following the voice vote by senators, the “Hong Kong Human Rights


So, what does Paul Keating’s Sinostralia look like?

Given the old bullyboy’s unhealthy hold over the national imagination regarding the future of Chinese ties, let’s explore where his vision would take us. Paul Keating would like to see Australia’s commitment to ANZUS modulated versus Chinese interests. That will mean a much more insecure commitment by the US to Australia so the first implication


Hong Kong’s last stand

Via Sinocism comes lots of Hong Kong texture: Hong Kong protests: Last stand under way as police close in on besieged Polytechnic University – The Washington Post Thousands of Hong Kong protesters flocked to a besieged Hong Kong college campus on Monday evening, accompanied by political leaders and school principals acting as mediators, hoping to


Cowards of Canberra gobble Beijing’s bluff

For a day supposedly dominated by “realism”, the obvious didn’t get a look in at The Australian’s Cowards of Canberra Conference yesterday. While the PBOC was forced to cut interest rates to combat a structural slowdown in the Chinese economy, and Hong Kong degenerated into near open war, all the Canberra cowards could discuss was


Xeating demands Australia bow to Angry China

From Paul Xeating just now: Paul Keating says Australia’s foreign policy lacks “any strategic realism” and is leaving the nation unable to effectively manage the rise of China as Donald Trump vacates the Asia Pacific region. …Mr Keating said Australia should channel its focus on helping “design a new construct” that engages with China but


CCP buys south Pacific

Via News: It’s undeniable that China’s influence around the world is increasing at a rapid rate and now countries just a stone’s throw away from our own are being taken over. When you think about Australia’s island neighbours in the South Pacific, the first thing that come to mind are probably the relaxed atmosphere and


Hong Kong goes to war

Via Bloomie: Hong Kong police and protesters hardened their battle lines over the weekend as violent clashes showed no signs of abating, leaving the city bracing for a second week of upheaval that risks disrupting pending elections. The weekend saw pitched battles with demonstrators launching bricks, molotov cocktails and steel balls at police, who in


Ever wondered if you would have fought the rise of Nazism?

On Friday, L-plated Treasurer Josh Recessionberg approved the takeover of Bellamy’s by a Chinese Communist Party owned enterprise: Australia: Mengniu 蒙牛 , agent of Chinese party-state in NZ, created CCP United Front Chinese business group, the China NZ Business Council 中国-新西兰商务理事会 under control of Yashili owner Mengniu and CCPIT. Now approved to buy Australia’s Bellamy’s