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.


To beat China, US should tax Ray Dalio out of existence

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


Questions over Chinese loyalties swamped by race baiting

I’m not sure how we’re supposed to discuss our future when this happens. At Domain: Senator Andrew Bragg has denounced as “degrading and regrettable” calls for Chinese Australians to pledge their loyalty, adding to the controversy that embroiled his Liberal Party colleague Eric Abetz. Senator Abetz declined to apologise for remarks at a Senate inquiry


Shadow Minister for flip-flopping demands new China kowtow

Lordy, I’m getting whiplash. Recall Shadow Trade Minister Madeleine King, previously a China apologist: Opposition trade spokeswoman Madeleine King has targeted high-profile Liberal MP Andrew Hastie, labelling him a political ideologue who is hijacking the debate about Australia’s relationship with China. But Mr Hastie responded saying she was muddled and asleep at the wheel when


Australians should leave HK as China takes 300k Canadians hostage

Wolf wankery has set a new low bar in Canada, via The Star: Beijing’s envoy explicitly warned Ottawa not to offer political asylum to Hong Kong dissidents at risk of emboldening “violent criminals” and endangering the safety of Canadian citizens and business people in Hong Kong. “So, if the Canadian side really cares about the


Disgraced univerisities enlist Labor for CCP silver

It is amazing to behold just how out of step Australian universities now are with the community. Via The Australian: A Senate hearing into the government’s foreign relations bill on Tuesday turned into an interrogation of university chiefs over research partnerships with the Chinese military and their failure to register Beijing-backed Confucius Institutes as foreign


Useful idiots: Kim Carr, Geoff Raby, Jordies star in CCP propaganda

This is priceless from CCP mouthpiece, The China Daily: Probably none of the protagonists were asked but were they really needed to be? Kim Carr is a famous communist. Friendly Jordies has got Murdoch Derangement Syndrome and is blinded by Labor links. Finally, Geoff Raby is paid by Chinese SOE Yancoal to lobby on its


Dalio, White kowtow to Beijing

China is everybody’s destiny! So says Ray Dalio whose admiration for Beijing knows no bounds: “Time is on China’s side and it’s not on the United States’ side, for various developments,” Dalio said Monday in a conversation with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman at the Milken Institute Global Conference. “What’s going to be a


China seeds Australian economic civil war

Via Argus: China has told some of its state-owned steelmakers and power plants to stop importing Australian coals with immediate effect, injecting more uncertainty into its spot markets that had anticipated eased restrictions into 2021. A major northeast China state-owned steel producer received verbal notice of the ban this afternoon, but with few details available.


We should make the quadrilateral into an “Asian NATO”

Via National Review: When Mike Pompeo traveled to Tokyo to meet his counterparts from Japan, Australia, and India for talks this week, some observers speculated about the creation of an “Asian NATO” to counter China’s malign activity in the region. That’s been one constant refrain about this four-country “Quad” in the lead up to the Tokyo


Social media to make benefit glorious nation of Azerbaijan (and China)

Cross-posted from FTAlphaville: Morale-boosting military messaging intended to recruit and galvanise troops, while prompting patriotic goodwill with the public, is nothing new. Such techniques have been in play since war itself was invented. In the 20th century, the military took advantage of the media of its day: broadcast radio, video and celluloid film. In 2020,


Europe turns on China

Europe joins Cold War 2.0: Germany is to impose tough new restrictions on telecoms equipment providers which will effectively exclude Huawei from the buildout of the country’s 5G phone networks. An IT security bill that Angela Merkel’s cabinet is planning to pass in the coming weeks would stop short of an outright ban on Huawei


China makes a mockery of US trade deal

Looks like this is where it is hitting back against Trump: This PIIE Chart, originally published on May 18, 2020, tracks China’s monthly purchases of US goods covered by the phase one deal between the United States and China. Hexuan Li provided outstanding data assistance, and William Melancon and Oliver Ward assisted with graphics. On


Buy a Uyghur slave today!

BREAKING: Ads on Uyghur slaves from companies representing Xinjiang Government. You can find such ads from Chinese websites. I can provide more contents to legitimate persons if desired. If such operations continue, what will be left in Uyghurland? — Erkin Sidick (@ErkinSidick) September 26, 2020 Nazism is nothing if not profitable for Nazis. And


China will never cut off Aussie iron ore. But the US will

Let’s get a few things straight. In recent times we’ve seen a swag of analysts and apologists grabbing at the pearls as they worry that “China will cut off Australian iron ore”. Some are even contending that the recent slow disembarkation at Chinese ports is evidence of such, even though delays have hit ships from


Of course we should boycott Beijing winter Olympics

What a great idea. Via Domain: The founder of a global coalition of MPs is pushing for the International Olympic Committee to reconsider Beijing’s hosting of the 2022 Winter Games as politicians around the world voice increasing concerns over China’s human rights record. The move paves the way for a worldwide alliance between human rights


CCP mouthpiece threatens war on Australia

The Global Times’ attention-seeking editor Hu Xijin’s message a bit more ‘Red’ on Weibo: “If we have no choice but war, we should first avoid direct conflict with the US. We can (instead) severely beat up a US running dog that always crosses our bottom line… to send a warning.’ — Bill Birtles