Pull out that supply chain, via Reuters: Foxconn is moving some iPad and MacBook assembly to Vietnam from China at the request of Apple Inc, said a person with knowledge of the plan, as the U.S. firm diversifies production to minimise the impact of a Sino-U.S. trade war. The development comes as the outgoing administration
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 Australian: The Australian coal flotilla stuck off the Chinese coast has swollen to more than 80 ships carrying blacklisted cargo worth more than $1.1bn, prompting the Morrison government to raise concerns about “discriminatory action”. The Australian can also reveal coal exports to China have plunged by 96 per cent in the first three
There appears to be a new strategy afoot for Australia’s heretical strategic mind and CCP enthusiast, Hugh White. Having comprehensively lost the policy debate over his black fantasy of endless Chinese growth, inevitable war around Taiwan, the crushing of the US and its comprehensive withdrawal for Asia, he has turned to the international press to
Via Sinocism: Raising more questions about the origins of SARS-CoV-2 New theories call for global COVID origin-tracing efforts – Global Times In response to a question about the WHO experts traveling to China soon for work related to COVID-19 origins, Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that since COVID-19
Several of the recent demands made by China for the end of Australian democracy landed directly upon the media, from which it required silence: Your ABC has been delivering in spades. Chinese agent of influence and Yancoal lobbyist, Geoff Raby, is now rampant at the national broadcaster. There is barely a piece that does not
Der, at Bloomie: More than $500 million worth of Australian coal is on ships anchored off Chinese ports, as a diplomatic spat between the two countries cuts into trade, idles a portion of the world’s dry bulk carriers and threatens to spiral into a humanitarian crisis. More than 50 vessels have been waiting a month
At the New York Times today Fu Ying, a former ambassador and vice foreign minister of China, and the director of the Center for International Security and Strategy and an adjunct professor at Tsinghua University. She is a vice chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress. BEIJING — The domestic
ScoMo continues his sensible path on Chinese aggression, at the AFR he writes: …economic interdependence and openness has created unprecedented wealth and prosperity, and lifted billions out of poverty. Importantly, it facilitated the economic rise of China. No country has pulled more people out of poverty than China, and we in Australia are pleased to
I just bought a case of Tahbilk wine. You should too. Why? This: Tahbilk Wines, a historic fifth-generation family-owned winery in central Victoria, presently has four shipping containers of its wine stalled in Chinese ports as customs officials find excuses not to release them, and for now no more Tahbilk will be shipped to China.
Via Bloomie: The U.K. is considering a ban on the installation of Huawei Technologies Co. 5G equipment as soon as next year to appease lawmakers pushing for tighter restrictions on the Chinese telecom equipment maker, according to people familiar with the matter. Lawmakers from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party are demanding stricter rules on
This is how out of touch is Labor and Anthony Albanese. As the CCP launched its economic war on Australia last week with demands to end our democracy: Anthony Albanese was not only busy being silent, he was busy doing this: Returned to @Sydney_Uni for opening of superb Chau Chak Wing museum tonight – arts,
Via China coal lobbyist and registered agent of foreign influence, Geoff Raby, at the AFR: Also the past week, we have also seen states in East Asia engaging and hedging with China…So the region continues to reshape itself to declining US engagement and China’s rising power. …Just as the Prime Minster was leaving Japan, the
At Nikkei: Hugh White is emeritus professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University. He was Deputy Secretary for Strategy and Intelligence from 1995 until 2000 and was the inaugural director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Australia today is facing the most severe threat to its economic future in many decades, as Beijing
Presented with great fanfare, here are the demands from Australia to China before we’ll be doing anything to restore the relationship: Free and fair elections for all repressed Chinese peoples. The resignation of Xi Jinping in disgrace for human rights abuses and inflicting the worst plague in a century upon the world. A full-blown international
Come on, ABC, lift your game: He-Ling Shi, an associate professor of economics at Monash University, said while some goods could be sold in other markets, industries like international education would have a harder time shifting towards countries other than China. “In the long run, Australia can find alternative sources to export our education services,
Bravo Beijing. Not for the first time, we can rely on you to direct Australian national interest policy more than we can the local elites that you so successfully bribed for fifteen years. The Chinese embassy has leaked to Domain a list of 14 demands that need to be met to restore relations: Beijing has
While the PM Morrison is in Japan helping forge a ring of steel to contain China with a new Japan defence agreement, Treasurer Depressionberg is at home doing some new groveling: Josh Frydenberg has offered a critical circuit breaker to ease tensions with China, claiming the Morrison government is ready to re-engage in “respectful and
Via the AFR: A business leader blueprint for the Morrison government to repair the fractured relationship with China includes lifting investment barriers, tuning out to overly hawkish advisers, and wooing Xi Jinping with all its might. …Mr Bradley said the government should wind back Foreign Investment Review Board changes made in the early stages of
The Australia/China divorce is widening with every passing day and with it hope is renewed, via Bloomie: “The cause of the current difficulties in our bilateral relations is very clear,” Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told reporters in Beijing on Thursday. “For some time Australia has been violating basic norms
Registered Chinese agent of influence, big coal lobbyist, and former Australian ambassador to China, Geoff Raby, is back again this time at the Press Club: “I think that state governments and the business community have allowed themselves … to become delegitimised in this highly polarised China debate that we’re having in Australia at present,” he
Via the AFR today: A Chinese government adviser has urged the Morrison government to try and repair ties with Beijing by expressing interest in President Xi Jinping’s new five-year economic plan and offering to send ministers to Beijing as a sign of goodwill. Mei Xinyu, a research fellow at the Ministry of Commerce’s Chinese Academy
CCP mouthpiece, China Daily, ramped the rhetoric late Friday: Although Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has declared that his government’s approach to foreign policy is defined by “strategic patience and consistency”, particularly regarding China, his government’s rash participation in the US administration’s attempts to contain China belies that. It is Canberra that has undermined what
All my Christmas’s have come at once. Via Bloomberg: China has ordered traders to stop purchasing at least seven categories of Australian commodities, ratcheting up tensions with a key trading partner in its most sweeping retaliation yet. Commodities traders in China won’t be able to import products including coal, barley, copper ore and concentrate, sugar,
Awesome, at SCMP: China is expected to ban imports of Australian wheat, putting a A$560 million (US$394 million) trade in doubt, with the grain the latest to join a list of new blocks on Australian products, according to industry sources. From Friday, barley, sugar, red wine, timber, coal, lobster, copper ore and copper concentrates from
Australia could literally bomb Beijing right now and it would happily keep taking our iron ore. The reason is simple. Iron ore is the key commodity input into CCP power. Only by sucking in a billion tonnes of the stuff can it sustain the useless building of empty stuff that keeps folks employed and not
Via The Fake Left: China’s widening trade actions against Australia have disrupted exports worth up to $19bn a year, according to new analysis, sparking calls for the Morrison government to seek a reset in the relationship to forestall further economic pain. Labor’s agriculture and resources spokesman, Joel Fitzgibbon, said: “How much more harm must our
By STEPHEN S. ROACH at Project Syndicate: US President Donald Trump wears his recent experience with COVID-19 infection as some perverse badge of courage, rather than as a warning of what may lie ahead. And the adverse economic consequences of his administration’s approach to the pandemic could not contrast more sharply with the robust recovery
Via Sinocism: It is Fifth Plenum week as the fifth plenary session of the 19th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party meets in Beijing from Monday through Thursday. Today Xi gave a work report and presented the “discussion drafts” of the proposals for the 14th Five-Year (2021-2025) Plan for Economic and Social Development and