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.

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China has lost Australia

Anyone wondering why the Liberal-National Federal Government did a U-turn on Australia’s relations with China over recent years?  Wonder why Australians still aren’t enamoured with the ALP opposition, despite a government coming across as misogynist, incompetent, and prone to pandering to the whims of corporate Australia and the 1%? Ironically, the barely concealed CCP propagandist

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Wolf warrior endorses Labor grovelling as Aussies recoil

How exactly is this supposed to get Labor elected? China’s chief wolf warrior, Zhao Lijian, has fully endorsed WA premier Mark McGowan: “The Australian government should heed these constructive opinions.” “Face up to and reflect on the crux of the setback in bilateral relations, abandon the Cold War mentality and ideological bias, earnestly uphold the

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Why “Pig Iron Scott” should boycott iron ore to China

Australia’s personality-disordered PM, Scott Morrison, is galavanting around the world drumming up support to contain China. He’s invited himself to the G7 to lace it with anti-CCP warnings. He’s dropped into Downing Street to spray Beijing. He’s soon off to the White House for an anti-CCP powwow. At home, more US marines and naval access

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Station those new US marines in the Pilbara

Australia’s magnificent strategic realignment continues at pace today. As Cold War 2.0 heats up, and Australia sharpens up as the US-led liberal bloc “tip of the spear”, more US marines are hopefully coming Downunder: More US marines may be headed for station in Australia. The joint brigade would be based in Darwin. US naval ships

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Can a wolf warrior change his spots?

Not according to  Bill Bishop at Sinocism: Comment: David Bandurski of the China Media Project has written an excellent article on the Politburo’s collective study session on global discourse power and the wishful thinking in some quick takes about a change in tone/halt of “wolf-warriorism”. He provides good background on the discussant, Fudan University professor

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It’s not easy being the anti-China “tip of the spear”

Back in 2018 when MB readers understood clearly where the Australia/China relationship was heading even as the rest of the nation did not, Donald Trump confidante Steve Bannon summarised the US view succinctly: Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon has criticised Australia’s approach to an aggressive China, labelling it weak and saving his most

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China’s stupid trade war delivers itself another shock

The China trade war on Australia is not going at all well. Iron ore is trading on a vast geopolitical premium. Damaged commodity trade flows have been redirected to other nations with a minimum of fuss. Australia’s current account surplus has skyrocketed to records. Based on outcomes so far, it’s the best thing to ever

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Wolf warriors lose the world

More great news today as overreaching Chinese wolf warriors lose the world. Leading us off is the Biden administration has called for a new independent inquiry into the origins of COVID: It is not clear whether COVID originated from animals of a lab accident. US intelligence will compile a report over the next 90 days.

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China to cut off Australian iron ore “mid decade”

The arrogance emanating from Australian commentary about its iron ore shipments to China in recent times has been something to watch. There is a collective failure of imagination in the inability to envision the end of the trade. Yet that is what will come, in large part. Today Sinocism has some good advice: Julian Evans-Pritchard

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A new China dill emerges

I have pointed out the inherent anti-Americanism of James Curran, Professor of Modern History at Sydney University, a few times before. Today he returns with more of the same: Robert Menzies blundered horribly when he back Britain in the Suez crisis. The parallels today with Australia’s “questions of identity” regarding China are “uncomfortable”. “Morrison is

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China will make smug Morrison eat his words

Australia’s personality disordered PM is up to his old tricks today. As the China-Australia relationship plumbs new depths he turns on gaslighting for locals and the CCP alike : The Australia-China relationship is fine, said ScoMo. The trade war on Australia is more “dance than bite.” Which is rubbish, of course. Despite great headline numbers,

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Morrison warmongering to crush or rush iron ore?

Recent Morrison Government warmongering took a breather yesterday after the CCP struck back by suspending the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue. Frankly, the dialogue has been dead for four years anyway so this rather suggests that Beijing has run out of levers to pull. Ahead, Australia will likely cancel Andrew Robb’s treasonous Darwin port deal as

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As Morrison declares war on China, US retreats

It’s not very well thought-through. It’s largely for domestic political consumption. And only accidentally in the national interest. But I’m loving the Australian sabre-rattling over Taiwan triggered by a desperate and dateless Morrison Government. After a few weeks of warmongering by top defence brass, the AFR joins in today with an interview with Taiwan’s foreign

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Europe shifts hawkish on China

This is a very important development in the evolving liberal block versus illiberal block cold war led by the US and China respectively. Europe is vital because it is the largest swing state by far. To date, it has been a cowardly waffler, afraid of Donald Trump hawkishness, while courting Beijing. But, things have changed