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
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.
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 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
Via Sinocism: I think I have been overly optimistic about the trajectory of US-China relations. There are increasing signs the US-China trade deal is about to fall apart. President Trump’s tweet this morning is the latest sign: As I have said for a long time, dealing with China is a very expensive thing to do.
Via the AFR: The Morrison government will encourage barley producers to diversify their markets more than they are already doing in anticipation Beijing will carry out its threat to impose tariffs of 80 per cent on imports from Australia. Barley exports to China have declined from $1.5 billion a year in 2017 to $600 million
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
Via Nerd has Power: What is the true origin of the Wuhan coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2, 2019nCoV, the CCP virus)? Many scientific publications seem to tell you that the virus was born from nature. How reliable are these publications? While, before I comment on that, I would like to bring out an important fact: all of such
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
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
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
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
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
Yeh, I’m not kidding. Via Bloomberg: Chinese scientists say the novel coronavirus will not be eradicated, adding to a growing consensus around the world that the pathogen will likely return in waves like the flu. It’s unlikely the new virus will disappear the way its close cousin SARS did 17 years ago, as it infects
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
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,
Not that we are post-COVID yet. More important in terms of timing is the fast-approaching US election. The always useful Steve Bannon summed it up nicely at Fox: This makes perfect sense politically. The Trump Admininstration’s polling has been slipping after the initial rush to the flag: Is it any wonder, given his terrible mishandling
Via Daily Mail: A leading Russian microbiologist has claimed the coronavirus is the result of Wuhan scientists doing ‘absolutely crazy things’ in their laboratory. World renowned expert Professor Petr Chumakov claimed their aim was to study the pathogenicity of the virus and not ‘with malicious intent’ to deliberately create a manmade killer. Professor Chumakov, chief
Via The Australian: China’s embassy in Australia has taken aim at Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton’s call for the communist nation to show more transparency over the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Dutton called last week for China to reveal more about the origins of COVID-19, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison pushed for an independent global review
Via Sinocism: Yesterday’s call between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Director of the Office of Foreign Affairs of the Communist Party of China Yang Jiechi clearly went even worse than thought. Since the conversation President Trump has twice tweeted about the “Chinese virus”, in what looks to be a direct response to the
Great news at The Australian: Australia will step up its strategic push in the Indo-Pacific with a $1.1bn upgrade to RAAF Base Tindal in the Top End, to fast-track the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter rollout and provide a forward operating base for US aircraft, including strategic bombers. The announcement, signed off by the national security
Via Bloomie: The U.S. and China on Jan. 15 sealed the first phase of a trade agreement that’s supposed to take effect in mid-February. It has a clause that states the nations will consult “in the event that a natural disaster or other unforeseeable event” delays either from complying with the accord. It’s unclear whether
Via Sinocism today: The phase one trade deal speculation is over, but the criticism is just beginning. On Monday Taoran Notes, written by someone I hear travels with Liu He during his trade talks with the US, published for the first time in over two months. The post, a defense of the deal clearly targeting
More trade deal panic today: Australian energy and agricultural exporters face a hit to their multi-billion-dollar Chinese market from the trade deal signed between the US and Beijing that sparked a worldwide share rally and pushed the Australian bourse to a record. …Commonwealth Bank commodity analyst Vivek Dhar predicted up to 10 per cent of
Let’s start with the round up at Sinocism: Trump, China Sign Phase One Trade Deal – Bloomberg The Trump administration says what separates its deal most from others is the enforcement mechanism it establishes… But even Lighthizer acknowledges how effective that mechanism will be depends on Beijing. “This deal will work if China wants it
Via ABC: Beijing’s “crushing” oppression at home and its moves to spread its censorship to the rest of the world are threatening decades of progress made on global human rights, according to a new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report. HRW executive director Kenneth Roth was due to launch the World Report 2020 at the Foreign Correspondents’
Via Sinocism today: Treasury Secretary Mnuchin is ‘confident’ trade deal will be signed – CNBC Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday he has no doubt that U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators will sign their “phase one” trade deal in early January. Asked by CNBC’s David Faber how certain he is the trade deal will be
The scale of China’s trade pledge task is daunting: Clyde Russell has some musings on what it will mean Downunder: Beijing has agreed to increase purchases from the United States by $200 billion over the next two years over and above the level of imports in 2017, according to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. …While
Via SCMP: China’s first home-built aircraft carrier was officially commissioned by President Xi Jinping on Tuesday as Beijing flexed its military muscles. The new warship will be called the Shandong and its formal entry into service is a significant milestone in the country’s efforts to build up its naval power. This drive has been viewed
Every year, once per year, Australians are treated to an exposion of pomposity at the Orica annual general meeting, via Domain: Influential businessman and Orica chairman Malcolm Broomhead has lamented the rise of a culture of “self-righteousness” and a mindset where people are “intolerant” of others. In a speech to Orica shareholders, Mr Broomhead said