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
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.
From the sensible Ian Verrender at the ABC: So, what’s Plan B? For Australian exporters suddenly caught in the headlights of an increasingly hostile regime in Beijing, the answer, it appears, is: there isn’t one. If it hasn’t sunk in quite yet, the chances of a rapprochement are slimming by the day and any chance of
What started the Pacific war? Martial Japanese expansionism. But what was the actual moment when Japan decided to pull the trigger? It was this: A series of events led to the attack on Pearl Harbor. War between Japan and the United States had been a possibility that each nation’s military forces planned for in the
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.
I can’t vouch for this list from News: Australians are being urged to steer clear of 41 Australian wineries after a viral list revealed they were actually owned by Chinese companies. …it does not reveal crucial details such as what percentage of each winery is owned by Chinese companies, and many social media users pointed
More Chinese trade war on Australia today with timber and wheat joining various other agribusiness products. Yawn. It’s not all bad news by a long shot. The trade war has also played a key role in putting a rocket under the iron ore price as traders price in a geopolitical risk premium not unlike oil
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
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
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.
More Chinese abuse today: China has suspended the importation of more Australian beef, this time from Meramist Pty Ltd, the sixth supplier to face such a move in a country that is one of China’s main meat suppliers. China made the decision on Monday but did not provide a reason. We know the reason. Topping
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
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
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
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
Via Bloomie, more China shooting itself in the foot: A cargo of 135,000 tons of Australian thermal coal on the vessel Alpha Era, which has been waiting almost six months to unload at the southern Chinese port of Fangchenggang, is expected to clear customs and is bound for a local user, said the person, who
Via Herald Sun: THE charity work of a Melbourne man accused of preparing an act of foreign interference for China has been praised by Liberal MP Gladys Liu. The Victorian backbencher said a donation presented to the Royal Melbourne Hospital by Di Sanh Duong on behalf of the Oceania Federation of Chinese Associations was “inspiring”.
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
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
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
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
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
Via CNN: A group of frontline medical workers, likely exhausted, stand huddled together on a video-conference call as China’s most powerful man raises his hand in greeting. It is February 10 in Beijing and President Xi Jinping, who for weeks has been absent from public view, is addressing hospital staff in the city of Wuhan as they
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
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.
For nearly a decade, MB has been the only media voice warning of the unsustainable path of Australia’s Chinese engagement. Before 2011, selling dirt to China made sense as it committed to global economic integration and liberalisation. After the rise of Xi Jinping, and the collapse of the great mining boom, the nature of Australia’s
The nice way of saying it is that Hugh White has painted himself into a corner by declaring China the winner before the game was afoot. At the AFR again: We should not be surprised that Australia is finding it hard to get our relations with China right, because we have never encountered a country like
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.
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
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