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.


Pettis: US should tax Chinese capital inflows

Via Michael Pettis: On July 31, 2019, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Josh Hawley submitted a bill “to establish a national goal and mechanism to achieve a trade-balancing exchange rate for the United States dollar, to impose a market access charge on certain purchases of United States assets, and for other purposes.” According to an earlier memo that further


CPC forges permit for anti-Hong Kong Melbourne street protests

Via the ABC: A pro-China rally planned for Saturday in Melbourne to condemn the clashes in Hong Kong has been postponed after a letter claiming to be an event permit from the Melbourne City Council was confirmed to be fake. A well-known local Chinese media outlet, Australian Red Scarf, first announced the pro-Beijing protests in


How to win comrades and influence them

It’s easy, at FTAlphaville: For the past decade, China has driven global demand. While the West fretted over fiscal deficits and, in turn, outsourced economic policy to its central banks, the People’s Republic has repeatedly turned on the fiscal taps, fueling a bull market in commodities, consumer goods and overpriced perishables. As any fashion aficionado will


Chinese Communist Party brings Hong Kong war Downunder

Via the New York Times: As the police deploy tear gas against protesters on the streets of Hong Kong, another battle is raging less visibly: the one for narrative control. After weeks of asserting that the unrest had been orchestrated by foreign “black hands,” Chinese officials on Monday accused protesters of showing the first signs of “terrorism.” Such messaging is


ScoMo MP linked to Communist Party of China

She’ll be right. Via the ABC: Ties linking new Federal Liberal MP Gladys Liu to a secretive international influence arm of the Chinese Government have been uncovered by the ABC. Ms Liu, who made history after becoming the first Chinese-Australian woman to gain a seat in the Lower House, was appointed honorary chairman of a Hong Kong-based


Another night of violence for Hong Kong

Via SCMP: Defiant anti-government protesters brought unprecedented violence to Hong Kong International Airport on Tuesday night, clashing with riot police after severely disrupting flights, even as officials secured an injunction order against those occupying the terminal building. A source confirmed that the Airport Authority, represented by senior counsel Benjamin Yu, was granted the injunction by


Angry Aussie instant Communist hero

He’s not fan of freedom if it delays his travels: “You are angry because your flight is cancelled.” One stranded Australian tourist got into an argument with protesters at Hong Kong airport, saying they supported independence and that police should crack down harder. It didn’t go well for him. — 𝕛𝕒𝕞𝕖𝕤 𝕘𝕣𝕚𝕗𝕗𝕚𝕥𝕙𝕤 🇭🇰🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿


China to acquire ADF health data?

It might just be that we are the dumbest people on earth, via Domain: A Chinese company’s plans to take over healthcare giant Healius is raising concerns in Canberra because the deal could compromise Australian Defence Force medical records, including those of elite special forces. …The ADF’s prized Garrison Health Services contract was last year


ABC Q&A blames victim of Chinese international student thugs

Via News comes ABC Q&A at new lows: Appearing on Q&A on Monday night, UQ philosophy student Drew Pavlou told the panel he had been assaulted by a “co-ordinated group of thugs” after helping to organise the protest on July 24. [Tony Jones said]…”To be clear, there have been reports you also were sending some pretty inflammatory


China masses troops as Hong Kong shuts airport

Via SCMP: Thousands of anti-government protesters crippled Hong Kong International Airport on Monday and forced the cancellation of all flights in an unprecedented disruption, even as Beijing raised the stakes by warning that escalating protest violence against police in particular was displaying “signs of terrorism”. Air travel was thrown into chaos as protesters changed tactics


Ansell: “Brutal consequences” as manufacturing flees China

Via Domain: Ansell chief executive Magnus Nicolin has warned China of “brutal” consequences as manufacturers leave the country over rising costs and fears at the escalation in trade war with Donald Trump. “So many manufacturers are moving out of China at breakneck speed. You don’t see it in the China-reported GDP growth numbers yet. I


Hong Kong resembles prelude to war

Via Bloomie: Hong Kong authorities deployed more aggressive tactics during the 10th straight weekend of anti-China protests, with riot police videotaped beating demonstrators in subway stations and officers going undercover to infiltrate the group and make arrests. The violent scenes emerged as protesters used flash mobs across the city, surrounding police stations, disrupting traffic, and hurling projectiles


Dutton puts boot into Angry China

Via Domain: Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says there’s “no point pretending there’s nothing to see here” on China, as a split opens between senior ministers over Andrew Hastie’s incendiary warning that Beijing poses a major threat to Australia. In a strong defence of his colleague on Friday, Mr Dutton said the former SAS captain


Australia rallies to fight Angry China

After Andrew Hastie called out the weak-kneed yesterday for failing to resist the rise of Chinese tyranny, a furious debate has erupted. The AFR leads us off with the good news: …public utterances such as Hastie’s are unhelpful. They aggravate an already volatile situation. China has Australia over a barrel economically. “They could put us


Communist Party China the new Nazi Germany?

So says Andrew Hastie, head of Parliament’s powerful intelligence committee: “That intellectual failure makes us institutionally weak. “If we don’t understand the challenge ahead for our civil society, in our parliaments, in our universities, in our private enterprises, in our charities – our little platoons – then choices will be made for us. Our sovereignty,


Angry China threatens Hong Kong and Australia

And anyone else within earshot. Via the New Daily: China has threatened unspecified “countermeasures” if the United States goes ahead with plans to deploy ground-based missiles in the Asia-Pacific region, with a specific warning for Australia. “China will not stand idly by and will be forced to take countermeasures should the US deploy intermediate-range ground-based missiles in


Is Hong Kong the next Tiananmen?

Bloomie offers some thoughts today: A soft approach toward protesters addressing demands for democracy could show dissidents on the mainland that widespread upheaval can bring about political change, something that may imperil the Communist Party’s grip on power. At the same time, sending in Chinese troops to restore order risks an international backlash that may


No US missiles for Darwin

Not yet anyway. It appears the issue was misreported by the MSM yesterday, via the ABC: Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has ruled out the United States deploying mid-range missiles in Australia, confirming no formal request has been made. Senator Reynolds said the issue was canvassed during high-level talks with her US counterpart, Defence Secretary Mark


John Howard slams kow towing miners

Good stuff from the old battleaxe at. of all places, the Diggers and Dealers event: “China remains an authoritarian country. But the economic importance of China to Australia is overwhelming, and we should never lose sight of that. Successive governments in Australia, from both sides of politics, have worked very effectively to keep a good


Cold War 2.0 detonates

Where to begin! At home makes sense, with AUSMIN Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations, which have delivered an epochal commitment to ANZUS, via The Australian: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the US-Australia alliance is ­entering a new era in the face of a rising China, declaring “the time is right” for both nations to step up


Warning! Beijing slaps travel ban on Taiwan

Via the ABC: Tourists travelling alone from dozens of Chinese cities can no longer apply to visit Taiwan anymore, as tensions between Beijing and Taipei continue to rise. On Wednesday, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism made a surprise announcement that Beijing would suspend individual travel permits to Chinese tourists from 47 cities — including


Trade talks fail, China won’t stimulate property (lol)

Some amusing stuff today on US/China trade talks. They’re going nowhere, via Reuters: U.S. and Chinese negotiators wrapped up a round of trade talks on Wednesday without visible signs of progress and put off their next meeting until September, extending an uneasy truce between the world’s two largest economies for at least a month. …The


WTF: China to take control of RAAF base

Via Michael West comes the WTF of the day amid intense competition: This is the story the Murdoch press buried. Investigative reporter, Anthony Klan, defected from The Australian newspaper after News Corp bosses muzzled his investigations, including this expose into secret Chinese plans to establish a mega-pilot training facility on an Australian airforce training facility. Virgin


China builds military at Hong Kong border

Via Domain: Serious “rioting” charges have been laid against 44 people, the youngest 16 years old, a day after Beijing urged the Hong Kong government to “punish” protesters who have taken to the streets for two months. Television news broadcasts on Tuesday evening in Hong Kong showed police with batons and shields trying to disperse