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 declared forever war on Australia

First up, China has declared forever war on Aussie coal, at the ABC: Chinese state media appears to have confirmed that Beijing has blocked Australian coal imports, in a move which is likely to cost the economy billions of dollars and further inflame tensions between the two countries. Nationalistic state-owned tabloid The Global Times reports

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How to fight a treasonous ABC

The ABC has made an extraordinary editorial decision to support the CCP in its attack on Australia. I cannot emphasise enough how outrageous this is. Taxpayer dollars are now being recycled as a propaganda campaign to end freedom for taxpayers. Needless to say, this is an unprecedented collapse of journalistic ethics at Australia’s national broadcaster.

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How should Australia use its iron ore leverage with China?

Via Sinocism: As China-Australia Ties Worsen, Iron Ore Remains Bulletproof – Bloomberg China has few alternatives as it seeks to stimulate its economy post Covid-19 through infrastructure investment, with Australia accounting for more than half of iron ore shipments globally. If Beijing were to try to purchase solely from non-Australian producers, at best it could

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Treasonous ABC should be shut

More treasonous coverage of the Chinese attack on Australia today at the ABC. First up, we get the whinging beef lobby: China’s ban on beef imports from several Australian abattoirs has cost the industry hundreds of millions of dollars while eight meatworks wait to resume trade. Last year, exports of red meat to China were

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More China decoupling hysteria

Yawn. Via News: China is Australia’s most important partner when it comes to imports, with Aussies snapping up a staggering $71.3 billion worth of goods and services from China in 2017/18 – the equivalent of 18 per cent of Australia’s total imports and covering everything from telecom equipment to computers, furniture, toys and sporting goods.

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Time to torch Australia’s dodgy CCP deals

CCP-captured Labor is speaking with forked tongue again. Via Domain: Opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong wants sensible discussion between the federal and Victorian governments over the state’s Belt and Road deal with China, but stopped short of saying the agreement should be terminated amid rising tensions between Australia and China. On Monday, final amendments

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Entire Australian left demands surrender to China

On the weekend, Labor and its vertical market media cheerleaders made it plain that they are irretrievably wedded to a stone dead Chinese engagement dogma no matter the cost. The Guardian is the top of this traitorous pile: The former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has accused Scott Morrison of overhyping the significance of a

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Does the Aussie media not realise that it is under attack?

The Australian media is directly under attack. Its right to publish and be damned is under attack. Its right to expose the truth wherever it may lurk is under attack. Its right to hold to account governments, oppositions and politicians is under attack. Its right to unearth corruption is under attack. In short, its entire

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US sails new carrier group straight down wolf warrior throats

And we wonder why Australians have turned on Chinese investment: A Chinese real estate company that bought an Australian island has blocked its Aussie residents from living in paradise. Residents say they can’t go back to their homes since developer China Bloom bought a 99-year lease to take control of Keswick Island in 2019. “I

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How to politely drop an iron ore bomb on not China

This idea has been around for a while but perhaps its time has come. From The Glass Pyramid: Over the last few weeks the airwaves have been buzzing about the falling national income (and the problems for Mr Hockey’s budget) due to the rapid decline in the price of iron ore and Twiggy Forrest’s calls for restraint

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Labor demands Australia surrender to China

China continues its assault on Australia today: A perfect picture of hypocrisy/Global Times Cartoon pic.twitter.com/o64bN19QWr — Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@HuXijin_GT) December 2, 2020 And this: WeChat have censored Scott Morrison’s post to the Chinese public, on the grounds it “involves use of content that incites, misleads, has non objective facts” or “fabricates societal/historical issues”, as

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Beijing’s final gift: No more students

This is the big one. Via The Australian: In 2019, universities earned more than $7bn in student fees from China, and they fear that if Australia-China relations continue to deteriorate this revenue could be lost permanently. There would also be major losses to the broader economy if Chinese students do not return. In the 2018-19

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Xi Jinping makes China great again

Chinese abuse continues unabated: The Chinese embassy has accused Scott Morrison, Australian politicians and the media of “misreading and overreacting” to a fake social media post shared by senior Beijing official Lijian Zhao and harming the chances of a reset in the relationship. The tweet depicting a Australian soldier slitting the throat of an Afghan

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One Nation launches China boycott movement

View News: One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has renewed calls for Australians to boycott Chinese products this Christmas, as relations between the two countries plunge to new lows. “You might think it’s awfully hard, yes it is hard, I get it,” Ms Hanson said in a Facebook video on Monday night. “We all have our

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Treasonous Labor grovels furiously as Australians reject China outright

A few anodyne words from Labor is the best we got in response to the Chinese attack: “Australia’s condemnation of this image is above politics,” Albanese told the lower house of parliament. More at the ABC: Senator Wong said the community was “united” in condemnation of the post, but added that a careful response was

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Chinese propaganda goes apeshit

Lol. This is the greatest. Via Global Times: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison lost his diplomatic manners on Monday by attacking Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian who condemned Australian soldiers’ atrocity against Afghan civilians on his personal Twitter account. Morrison claimed that his country felt offended so he shamelessly demanded an apology from China.

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No, ScoMo, you should not support China’s trade victims

Via The Australian: Scott Morrison has flagged government support for producers hit by China’s trade sanctions as Australia moves to lodge a formal protest with the World Trade Organisation. …“As a government we will be looking at how we can get a number of our producers through this difficult time,” Mr Morrison told ABC radio.

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EU proposes new anti-China alliance with US

Alexander Downer was never the sharpest cross-dresser in the shed, at the AFR he declares: China’s aggression will, in the end, prove to be entirely counterproductive. There are two reasons why. First, other countries have indeed been warned that China will treat them with the same aggression should they in some way transgress and incur

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How to de-escalate China tensions

Kelly’s cowards returned on the weekend to demand Scott Morrison prostrate himself before Xi Jinping. Paul Kelly led them off: This week Morrison sent a series of messages but his most important theme — tricky but critical — is for Australia’s status as an independent player to be better recognised, as a nation allied to