China is a major player on the world stage, geopolitical know-nothing Trump outclassed, outshined, and outwitted by its ruling authorities.
He’s an embarrassment compared to other major world leaders, a laughing stock geopolitical wrecking ball.
His regime’s unacceptable Indo/Pacific agenda made resolving major differences with China all the harder – notably US dirty hands all over months of disruptive protests in Hong Kong, along with selling F-16 warplanes and other heavy weapons to Taiwan.
A Final Comment
Former White House council of economic advisers chairman under Obama Jason Furman believes “Trump’s China strategy is failing.”
“His tougher approach has yielded no meaningful Chinese concessions but is increasingly damaging the US economy,” adding:
He “needs to change (his) strategy radically.” Based on the current trend, it seems unlikely.
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transitioning takes time, leadership and policy.
Germany’s transition to a low-carbon economy with its “Energiewende” has taken 30 years. It will decommission all its coal plants by 2038. Beijing has stated its intention to clean up its polluted cities, so it will increasingly turn to cleantech for its power supply to improve air quality.
Countries such as China ad Japan – our significant coal customers – see the future, and it’s not coal.
If there ever was an issue where erring on the side of caution is preferable to the alternative, it is global warming. Donald Trump, whether he and his sycophants want to acknowledge it or not, already has blood on his hands created by his racist rhetoric. Will his “grand finale” be a legacy that results in the deaths of millions?
GREED. Too many lifestyles, particularly of the wealthy, are driven not by what they can leave for the future, but how much profit they can make today; therefore, any laws that impede their greed are anathema.
And for those who believe that America’s so-called “leaders” will do what the greedy and corrupt will not: FORGET IT. In addition to Trump seeking to obliterate climate change from the nation’s, and world’s, consciousness, several rulings by America’s corrupt and politicized Supreme Court have ensured that, for decades to come, plutocrats and corporations will be able to buy and sell politicians like trading cards.
Over a million people marched through Hong Kong city streets on Sunday evening in a massive protest against a bill that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China.
Trump shoots himself in the foot declaring Chia will pay and wiping $1.2 trillion off the stock market. He also said higher tariffs don’t effectct Americans because China pays them? Since when and in what world do buyers no pay customs duties and taxes? (ODT)
A US State Department official said the China is America’s first great competitor that is “not Caucasian”
Senior Australian government officials have been scathing of the comments
Analysts have warned this plays into China’s “race” narrative
Dastyari go the boot what makes Hanson and Abbott untouchable? (ODT)
The club is 70km west of Mr Abbott’s northern-Sydney electorate of Warringah, and its directors include Jack Lam, a gambling tycoon and fugitive from a bribery prosecution in the Philippines, and Tommy Jiang, who since 2011 has partnered in a joint venture media company with a Chinese government radio service subsidiary.
Jack Lam and Tony Abbott the Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club in 2018.
Jack Lam and Tony Abbott the Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club in 2018.
Both men are involved in organisations linked to the Communist Party’s overseas influence operations, including the Chinese Peoples’ Political Consultative Conference, a political organisation hand picked by the Communist party.
We aren’t moving forward at all Tony Abbott took Australia’s attention away from the Pacific to Europe where he wanted to shirt front Putin in the Ukraine and become an honorary member of NATO.
Radio Australia was closed on his watch after he cut $200mill out of the ABC’s budget agoodwill gesture to Rupert Murdoch. Foreign Aid was cut and the supposed Pivot became the Pillock of the Pacific that allowed the Chinese to move in. Abbott was meanwhile busy signing Labour’s Trade agreements set up years before with the Chinese to work out. Yes Abbott was gifted along with several other MPs Rolex watches to the tune of $250K which they had to return when the media caught hold of it. Their excuse “we thoght they were fake. No Morrison isn’t moving forward at all he’s trying to catch up and making a show of it dumping the Billionaire donor who they courted as a political gesture. (ODT)
As the Australian Government presses on with its pivot to the Pacific, no-one wants to use the “C” word.
But China is clearly playing a central role in the unprecedented amount of attention the region is currently receiving from Australia — even if its officials won’t admit it.
Chinese Media is a threat but Murdochian Media isn’t a threat to Democracy. How does that work when Chinese media is paid for and broadcast on Foxtel and News Corp core effort in Australia is to shut down the ABC? (ODT)
In September 2018, billboards adorned with kangaroos and pandas began popping up around Australia’s capital cities as part of a $500 million advertising campaign urging viewers to “see the difference” on China’s Central Global Television Network (CGTN) — available on Foxtel and Fetch TV.
“The benefit is simple in that it is very large-scale base load [continuous] energy production, with zero greenhouse gas emissions and no long-life radioactive waste.
Isn’t this what Tony Abbott and right-wing pundits recomend for Indigenous Australia, and other Australian minorities ditching multiculturalism in favour of cultural asimilation. Indigenous, Muslim and African Australians represent over 6.5 % of Australia. Indigenous Australians represent 25% if not more Aussies in our retraing camps called prisons and youth detention centers and Dutton and Matthew Guy Islamophobic racists want more for disastrous outcomes.
China’s education camps of which we know very little represent 0.015%. There seems to be some level of heavy stone throwing at glass houses going on here with little interest in intention and outcomes. (ODT)
After years of frustration in winning the hearts and minds of disaffected ethnic groups, Dr Leibold believes Beijing has ditched its multicultural approach in favour of cultural “mingling”, or assimilation.
The prevailing party ideology dictates that social harmony can only be achieved with the “standardisation of human behaviour”.
Despite occasional exceptions, it was once considered almost gospel that democracy and capitalism went hand in hand. China’s successful rise knocks the notion on the head.
News Corp Australia follows are we now no longer going to shirtfront Putin?(ODT)
On Sept. 26, 2018, President Donald Trump made an extraordinary accusation against China during his remarks to the United Nations Security Council, saying, “Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election coming up in November against my administration.” He made the claim without offering any evidence, but he did speculate about China’s motivation: “They do not want me, or us, to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade.”
All thanks to Tony Abbott’s disinterest
The Vanuatu Foreign Minister, Ralph Regenvanu, has welcomed the intensified Chinese investment and aid efforts in his country while conceding it does come with some extra diplomatic pressure. In an extended interview with Independent Australia’s Lee Duffield at his Foreign Ministry office, Mr Regenvanu took stock of incidents upsetting the Australian Government and many Australians, like the story of China wanting a naval base in Vanuatu, which his government has denied.
MAKING AUSTRALIA MORE INTERESTED
China and the United States face a wider trade war after Beijing vowed on Wednesday to retaliate over Washington’s threat to impose $200bn in additional tariffs on Chinese goods.
Blaming China for Abbott’s inexcusable dumping of the Pacific Islands. How easliy forgotten. Abbott dropped the ball and the ADF did too. Breach of trust. (ODT)
Defence chief Mark Binskin says Beijing’s broken promise not to militarise the South China Sea means it has squandered the trust of its neighbours and undermined its aspirations to regional leadership.
In his final interview before he hands over command of the 80,000-strong Australian Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Binskin also urged countries such as China that are moving into the South Pacific: “Don’t destabilise the region.”
Correction Robb secured the ALP’s FTA’s he merely was a minister who signed on the dotted line. The ALP did the hard yards. (ODT)
Former trade minister Andrew Robb has attacked United States policy towards China, saying both sides of politics in Washington were obsessed with a “futile and counterproductive” effort to contain the rising Asian power.
Mr Robb, who has received a large salary as a consultant to Chinese firm Landbridge, launched the broadside against Australia’s major ally during a speech to the mining industry on Monday night.
The former minister, who secured several free trade agreements during his time in government, including that with Beijing, said both China and India were re-emerging as major players in Asia and would “share” power with the US over the course of this century.
The influential Pakistani military is heavily dependent on the US for its equipment and arms, while Pakistan’s wobbly economy may soon need a loan from the US-led International Monetary Fund (IMF).
However Pakistan also owes China a lot of money, and in truth America and it have been drifting apart at least since the Obama administration. Therefore the growing quarrel between its two patrons puts Islamabad in a tricky geopolitical position. For all the advantages of being able to play each off against the other in the short term, Islamabad will be hoping it can avoid having to choose between them.
China’s “Helmsman” President Xi Jinping wants the 1.4 billion people he leads to enthusiastically embrace the teachings of German philosopher Karl Marx, as part of a broader revival of the Communist Party.
“”He believes even though China should go around the world with an open-door policy, the party-state apparatus should still be largely in control of the economy,” he said.”
Question who promotes “we” over “me” thinking and rational economic and social planning for 1.4 billion people better America, China, India, or Russia? (ODT)
The Chinese Ministry of Commerce says China would fight unilateral US protectionism “at any cost” in response to Donald Trump’s announcement that he had instructed trade officials to consider $US100 billion ($130 billion) in additional tariffs.
Why is the US (and Australia) ideologically clinging to last century’s energy sources and technology? How dumb are we?
USA & Australia = Dumb and Dumber a History of Energy transformation live (OD)
China has already stolen a march on the US with regard to trade with Africa. Beijing does $200 bn a year in trade with the continent, while the US does only $100 bn. The next time an American firm is competing with a Chinese one for a contract and the offers are similar, you could well see a tilt away from the US on the basis of Trump’s filthy language.
By Sam Morgan | ( EURACTIV.com) | – – China eclipses Europe as 2020 solar power target is smashed. China …
Three months before the 2013 election, Stuart Robert organised a dinner in his Parliament House office with Tony Abbott and Chinese business mogul Li Ruipeng at the request of his donor mate, Paul Marks, so Mr Li could meet senior Liberals including shadow resources minister Ian Macfarlane. Also present at the gathering was the then president of the Liberal National Party, Bruce McIver, a party powerbroker who was later appointed as a director of Australia Post.That was the dinner where they were all gifted Rolex watches which they thought were “fake”.
The average sea level around China is at its highest level
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Hundreds of billions in new green investments.
United States President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to dump or renegotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a gift for the Chinese in their drive to control the world economy.
They come over here. They buy up all the farmland that we stole. And they don’t assimilate. I am, of course, referring to the impossibly clever Chinese. And we’ll get to the perennially screwed over First Australians in a minute. Reports out today cast some doubt on the never-ending xenophobia of Australians when it comesMore
Saying they no longer had the support of people in powerful places, the Chinese Government have announced that they will leave the South China Sea as early as next week.
“With Sam Dastyari no longer on the shadow front bench in the Australian parliament, we’d be nothing more than a toothless tiger,” a Chinese spokesperson explained today.
He said it would be too risky to go it alone. “Mr Dastyari had the ear of the leader of the Australian opposition for goodness sake. There’s no way we’d be able to sway global public opinion now”.
The departure will mean many of the man-made islands in the area will be left half-built, providing an opening for savvy resort owners or Immigration and Border Protection ministers.
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On any conventional reading, Australia’s economic development has gone backwards and is too reliant on shipping iron ore to China. This at a time when the Middle Kingdom’s debt bomb is set to detonate.
China is considering aggressive new curbs on coal consumption as it accelerates efforts to transform its economy and tackle climate change.
China will be helping out the Syrian government in the fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS) by sending “military advisers,” media reports have claimed.