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.


Greedy, self-interested lobby: China business not greedy, self-interested

Oh, the cognitive dissonance! At Domain: Australia’s former trade commissioner in China believes Australian business leaders must speak out against the deteriorating relationship between the two countries and that keeping low-profile is no longer an option. Accusing the Australia China Business Council, the Business Council of Australia and the Australia-China CEO Roundtable of being silenced,


Is war with China “inevitable within three years?

An alliance of paranoia between Gottiboff and Zero Hedge is causing a stir: Back 14 years ago in 2006 Australia’s top defence analysts, Air Power, set out in a long document for the Foreign Affairs Committee the emerging power of China contrasting with the looming American decline. It was a remarkable forecast. …Air Power last


Australian made Chinese navy stalks Australian navy

Via the ABC: Australian warships have encountered the Chinese navy in the South China Sea during a voyage that saw them sail close to contested islands claimed by Beijing. The ABC has learnt an Australian Defence Force joint task group consisting of five warships last week travelled through the disputed waterways, including close to the


CCP sabotages Pavlou Supreme Court hearing

Via freedom fighter Drew Pavlou: AMBUSH: Treachery from the Chinese Consulate today. Refused to send lawyers, but stuck to the shadows sending unmarked covert agents to terrorize Hong Kongers present and stop them testifying. Unjustly submitted documents to court without serving us. NO RESPECT FOR THE LAW! — Drew Pavlou 柏乐志 (@DrewPavlou) July 24, 2020


The Chinese Empire goes into retreat

Via Merrick “Mac” Carey, a former senior Capitol Hill aide who is now CEO of the Lexington Institute, a public policy think tank in Arlington, Virginia. Even though the Western mainstream view is that China is a military and economic dynamo that is quickly leaving America behind, the world may be turning against the Middle Kingdom,


CCP turns Chinese from Australia

Australia’s Chinese boom is basically over. Sure, they’ll keep buying the dirt. But the rest of it is done for. Craig Emerson is rare Labor voice of reason on this: …probably with increasing frequency, Australia will adopt policy positions on foreign influence, cyber security, human rights, the South China Sea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China’s


Labor’s China apologists just dont get it

I was once a great fan of Gareth Evans but not anymore: This would be sensible if it didn’t so comprehensively misrepresent recent history. Australian rhetoric around China has not been hysterical. When Malcolm Turnbull declared Australia would “stand up” against CCP violations of sovereignty he did so because it was necessary. China was busy


CCP applies Hong Kong security law to Planet Earth

From your friendly neighbourhood tyrannical regime: Oh my god am I reading this right??? Article 38: The law applies to persons who do NOT have permanent resident status in HK and commit crimes under this law OUTSIDE Hong Kong. Did Beijing just grant itself sweeping extraterritoriality to…everyone on the planet? — B. Allen-Ebrahimian (@BethanyAllenEbr) June


Australia/China relations collapse into strategic rivalry

The Australia/China relationship is sliding at astonishing speed towards outright strategic competition. Hong Kong is dead. Sinocism reads the tea leaves: The Hong Kong National Security law has been promulgated and is now in effect. You can read the official versions here in simplified Chinese, here in traditional Chinese and here in English. Some highlights: Chapter III Offences and


QLD police confirm investigation into “violent” Chinese consul

Via News: Queensland Police have launched an investigation into a top Chinese diplomat for allegedly inciting violent threats against an Australian university student. A spokesperson confirmed to that inquiries centring on Dr Xu Jie, the Consul-General for the People’s Republic of China in Brisbane, had commenced following a formal complaint lodged by Drew Pavlou. Mr


Australian dollar gaps lower as US/China trade deal “over”

Has Peter Navarro went off-reservation? At Reuters: White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said on Monday the trade deal with China is “over,” and he linked the breakdown in part to Washington’s anger over Beijing’s not sounding the alarm earlier about the coronavirus outbreak. “It’s over,” Navarro told Fox News in an interview when asked


Mirabile dictu: Chinese relationship stuffed for good

This is an important piece not because it says anything we don’t already know but because it is by FMG and Chinese junket queen, Jennifer Hewitt. On last week’s cyber attacks: The decision for the Prime Minister to call this out – even without naming the Chinese government – will be politically self re-enforcing. Canberra


Philippines re-embraces US troops

Via Reuters: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has suspended his decision to scrap a two-decade-old troop deployment agreement with the United States due to political and other developments in the region, his foreign minister said on Tuesday, The termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), which is central to one of Washington’s most important alliances in


Bannon: World must stop China in Hong Kong

Via The Wire comes Steve Bannon: Q. On Thursday, Beijing announced that it was planning new national security laws that could give China’s leaders greater control over Hong Kong and undermine civil liberties in the semi-autonomous territory. This looks like a bold move by Xi Jinping and Beijing’s leaders aimed directly at anti-government protests and


China’s wolf warriors devour Australia’s possum pansies

China’s wolf wanker warrior diplomats may be a pack of arseholes. But at least they’ve got a bit of get up and go. By comparison, Australia’s possum pansy diplomats are about as fearsome as a trampled flower bed. At The Guardian today: Australia must work to prevent ties with China slipping into permanent hostility as


Whither the US/China trade deal?

Via SCMP: Top trade negotiators from the United States and China spoke by phone on Friday and vowed to continue to support the phase one trade deal, Chinese state media reported, in their first contact since the agreement was signed in January. On the call, China’s Vice-Premier Liu He, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and


US/China virus war deteriorates

Via Sinocism: The PRC will be back to work Wednesday after the five day May Day holiday. There was no rest however for the CCP propaganda organs as they continued to trade fire with US officials over the origins of the virus and accountability for the pandemic. When US officials started really ramping up the


Trump restarts the trade war

Via the excellent Damien Boey at Credit Suisse: US-China tensions escalate. According to Bloomberg reports, US President Trump has taken the view that COVID-19 originiated from a laboratory in Wuhan, and has threatened retaliation against China. His first threat was to block a large US fund from investing abroad according to global index weights, therefore


Chinese press goes gaga for Twiggy

CCP mouthpiece China Daily: Ten million COVID-19 test kits secured by one of Australia’s richest men, mining magnate Andrew Forrest, have arrived in Melbourne despite the frosty relationship between Canberra and Beijing. The kits were supplied by Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) through Forrest’s philanthropic Minderoo Foundation for A$320 million ($210 million), even though foreign buyers


Do Twiggy Forrest’s Chinese testing kits work?

At Domain comes a generous Twiggy: Big business has swooped in on high-stakes political negotiations with China, parachuting in one of China’s top diplomats to speak at a Commonwealth office event as relationships between Canberra and Beijing deteriorate. Fortescue chairman Andrew Forrest surprised Health Minister Greg Hunt by inviting Victorian China Consul General Zhou Long


Australia squeals like a stuck Chinese pig

It’s pretty pathetic. The editorial at The Australian leads us off: Mr Cheng has often unwisely stuck his nose into domestic politics…Yet such indulgences by officials are not confined to Australia. In Paris, the foreign office summoned the Chinese ambassador to express disapproval about his diplomats’ claims France had simply left its older citizens to


Imagine if Australia threatened to withold iron ore from China

Perhaps we should. The CCP are such an unworthy pack of arseholes that they certainly have it coming. Even Murdoch got the memo: So, let’s imagine what would happen if Australia behaved as the CCP does. What would transpire if we threatened to withhold iron ore unless it shut all wet markets and gave international


Let China burn

Yawn, at the AFR: Beijing’s ambassador has warned the Morrison government that its pursuit of an independent inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic could spark a Chinese consumer boycott of students and tourists visiting Australia, as well as sales of popular agricultural exports like beef and wine. In an exclusive interview with The Australian Financial Review,