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Australia exports to China: new figures show Canberra caught in election trap as Washington and Beijing do business

A large screen in Beijing shows talks between Xi Jinping and Joe Biden in November.

Singapore: Australian cattle farmers and abattoirs lost half a billion in exports to China in the last two years, cotton producers were down $870 million, copper exporters $1.5 billion.But the Chinese importers did not miss those products. Australia’s great Indo-Pacific ally, the United States, was happy to make up for the shortfall.The same happened with timber and coal. As Australia’s coal exports fell by $11 billion, the US added $1.8 billion to its usual load over the same period. Russia, Canada and Indonesia also sent more.Markets are unsentimental; when there is a gap they fill them. The US and Australia have made much of their united front on China’s economic coercion, but the truth is American exporters have been eating Australia’s lunch.

Source: Australia exports to China: new figures show Canberra caught in election trap as Washington and Beijing do business

Australia Is Lobbying for a New Cold War Between China and America

The LNP has used war as a weapon to maintain it’s political power domestically. Used it ‘against’ Australia not ‘for’ us. Korea, Russia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria have been tools of fear to promote and retain power. The same can’t be said of the ALP who in most instances withdrew us from these conflicts. Should we be surprised at the degree to which we have attached ourselves increasingly to the American hip. Our domestic politics, our culture, every aspect of our post WW2 lives has the star spangled banner imprinted on it. Close examination shows it to be no accident much of the planet has been its pawns. They have 150 bases outside their borders.

Currently history has been a domestic struggle between Democracy and Autocracy between the Australian Labor Party and those that have always believed they were born to rule the LNP. Any true Liberal views in the LNP gone and swung Right. To attempt to mainframe our history in any other terms blurs the underlying reality. The Morrison government is certainly not a reflection of any Democratic progress being fine tuned or even imagined.

Paranoia about Chinese influence in Australia is on the rise — and the Australian ruling class is stoking tensions between China and the United States. For the sake of world peace and prosperity, they have to be stopped.

Source: Australia Is Lobbying for a New Cold War Between China and America

Old Dog Thought- Morrison’s the bag man for Fossil Fuels. “The Morrison Way” The first rule in Morrisonland is there no lies.

Australia Russia and the Saudis sign a pledge

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After 30 Secret Meetings, US and China announce Joint initiative to Combat Global Heating in Diplomatic Thaw

So much for AUKUS,  CHUKUS seems a more apt term for this immediate agreement where China the UK, and the US are in step, Why? It’s patently clear. But not so for the A in AUKUS. However, given China hasn’t invaded anyone recently and the LNP has why are they acting as if China has? How embarrassing for Morrison whose been left out of the loop not advised of 30 secret meetings his besty has had. He will feel the sting of his do-nothing climate policy in the near future well before he gets any submarines. Because America China, and the UK will invest in climate cooperation which translates into much wider cooperation and they will leave the climate laggard, Morrison’s Australia, out in the wilderness.

The US-China competition is much more like European rivalries in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, as between France and Britain or Britain and Germany, where capitalist countries competed for entry into foreign markets on the most favorable terms and for diplomatic and military spheres of influence. Despite President Xi’s sabre rattling, China isn’t at the point where it has taken over other countries (as the US did most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan).

Source: After 30 Secret Meetings, US and China announce Joint initiative to Combat Global Heating in Diplomatic Thaw

Dodgicel: Andy Penn given more billions, this time to beat China to a telco takeover – Michael West Media

Barnaby Joyce, Keith Pitt, coal

Why the blazes was Telstra slotted $1.6bn by Scott Morrison’s government to buy Digicel, and how is it Telstra shares slumped by one-third during the bull market when they are raking in billions in NBN money? Kim Wingerei checks on the charmed existence of chief executive Andy Penn.

Source: Dodgicel: Andy Penn given more billions, this time to beat China to a telco takeover – Michael West Media

Lack of perspective on Taiwan-China tensions

As we can see the Chinese planes were undertaking a short flight in a southeast direction going into the bottom corner of what Taiwan has as its air defence identification zone, not its actual sovereign air defence territory. The fight path is clearly not heading towards the Taiwan coast. It has to be taken into account China is surrounded by U.S. military bases in Asia with a 23-kilometre range. U.S. M1 Howitzers are pointed at China on Kinmen Island, just a few kilometres from China’s coastal city of Xiamen. On reflection, it would be highly likely the U.S. would be flying into such an air defence identification zone if China had guns pointed at Long Beach, California, on Catalina Island, which is just 29 kilometres off the Long Beach coast. This is a perspective that is not taken into account. With this latest reporting of the October incident, there seems to be very little perspective. It seeks to paint a picture of Chinese aggression and arguably promotes war-inciting narratives

Source: Lack of perspective on Taiwan-China tensions

Old Dog Thought- The Great Pre-Election Quid pro Quo in our face. 1) The promise to trade, pay for dodgy US, UK military equipment Subs, Bases, labor and continue to prod China for 2) staying shtum on Mining, Emissions, Murdoch’s blessing and polishing the LNP T..d.

AUKUS, Dreadnought submarine, BAE

Fighting Fake News with REAL 24/9/21; We are witnessing a great political/Industrial-Military Quid pro Quo in the Anglosphere; Morrison gives away Australia

Coal in China: The good, the bad and the ugly

The LNP arguments about not being contributors to the world’s CO2 emissions are rather pathetic. By our exports we are contributors to the largest global emitters.

there is no denying the ugly. As is true almost everywhere else, coal goes hand-in-hand with corruption. The projects commissioned by provincial governments were characterised by crony capitalism, with officials being bribed to provide cheap capital and disregard environmental and safety requirements. Centrally directed anti-corruption campaigns have had limited effects, particularly in provinces like Shanxi and Inner Mongolia where coal mining and new power plants are concentrated. There is little we in Australia can do to influence China. Our only contribution at this point will be to manage a transition away from dependence on thermal coal as an export industry. Sadly, there is no sign that our leaders are willing, let alone able, to undertake this task.

Source: Coal in China: The good, the bad and the ugly

How CDN Providers Break the Internet – » The Australian Independent Media Network

On June 8, an internet blackout was precipitated by one customer updating their settings through a “valid configuration change”. With speed, 85% of the network of the tech infrastructure company Fastly began returning errors. A global outage ensued. “The downed sites,” according to Brian Barrett of Wired, “shared no obvious theme or geography; the outages were global, and they hit everything from Reddit to Spotify to The New York Times.”

Source: How CDN Providers Break the Internet – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Old Dog Thought- ” It’s not a race” 38/38. Praying “Where the bloody hell are you?” vaccines not tourists. Logistics left to others, to blame!

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Chinese Spy Ship Turns Back After Accidentally Picking Up Sky News Transmission | The Shovel

If Rowan Dean were Katy Hopkins he wouldn’t be kicked out of the country he’d be kicked on to the Bolt Report to help Andrew Bolt out.

A Chinese ship that approached the Queensland coast in the hopes of undermining Australian democracy has packed it in after accidentally catching an episode of Outsiders. “We were planning to weaken the fabric of Australian democracy, but then we heard Rowan Dean do a segment on Dr Suess books and we thought, what’s the point? We might just leave you guys to it,” the commander said as he steered the boat around and headed back to Beijing.

Source: Chinese Spy Ship Turns Back After Accidentally Picking Up Sky News Transmission | The Shovel

War with China: zero logic yet the weapons lobby has 42% of Australians believing it – Michael West

Australia China relations, reds under beds,

Incredibly, a survey finds 42% of Australians believe China will attack Australia, this despite exports to China surging 36% over in the last six months, and despite there being no logical rationale for war with China, or an attack by China. Marcus Reubenstein analyses the ludicrous position of Australia’s China hawks and the mainstream media pushing their agendas.

Source: War with China: zero logic yet the weapons lobby has 42% of Australians believing it – Michael West

Old Dog Thought- Dan’s right we have PM for Sydney backed by a private media not yet militia. The ABC differentiates from America along with compulsory voting. But the LNP and GOP are Murdochian twins.

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Old Dog Thought- We hide Iceland, Scandinavia from view, sanction Cuba,Iran, Venezuela and others and can’t live with China’s past 75 years because we can’t examine who we really are doing sweet FA and falling behind socially. Wake up Australia wake up.

The Communist Party of China’s 100th anniversary show last month: The regime is implacably hostile towards the West.

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Dutton Asserts China Is Now the Enemy, Not Islamic Terrorism

Dutton on China

But while the propaganda machine assaults us with nightmarish ideas about the looming threat of Beijing – aiming to inspire the same fear it did in regard to Islamic terrorists – it doesn’t have to worry too much about gaining popular support, as the public has no say in war decision-making. In this country, the National Security of Committee of Cabinet makes the decision on whether our nation goes into battle – that’s unless, as Bolt is concerned, China pre-empts a war with the US by turning its guns on us. The National Security Committee is currently made up of Scott Morrison, Josh Frydenberg, Marise Payne, Peter Dutton, Simon Birmingham, Karen Andrews, Michaelia Cash, and quiet probably as of this week, Barnaby Joyce. From here, it’s just a waiting game to see if the war remains cold, as it did with Russia, or it heats up like our successful ventures into the Middle East.

Source: Dutton Asserts China Is Now the Enemy, Not Islamic Terrorism

Old Dog Thought- Morrison is Trump’s Pivot certainly not Biden’s on China, Climate. We certainly have gone backwards not forwards on his watch. Meanwhile Frydenberg’s yelling we’re the “worker’s Party”. WTF

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China does not want war, at least not yet. It’s playing the long game

Rather than rely solely on the US, Australia should bolster its own defence capabilities. At the same time, it should collaborate more with regional partners across Southeast Asia and beyond, particularly Indonesia, Japan, India and South Korea, to deter further belligerence and mitigate the risk of tensions escalating into open war.

Source: China does not want war, at least not yet. It’s playing the long game

Home affairs secretary Mike Pezzullo urged to ‘tone it down’ after ‘drums of war’ speech | Australian foreign policy | The Guardian

Michael Pezzullo

Pezzullo is tipped to follow Dutton to become defence department secretary, a move that would cement the trend of China hawks being appointed to top defence jobs, despite the Morrison government’s claims it is attempting to reset the relationship.

Source: Home affairs secretary Mike Pezzullo urged to ‘tone it down’ after ‘drums of war’ speech | Australian foreign policy | The Guardian

Jacinda Ardern savaged as UK Parliament declares treatment of Uighurs genocide

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

London: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been savaged for allegedly sucking up to China and turning her back on the Five Eyes alliance during a historic debate in which British MPs unanimously declared that China was carrying out genocide and crimes against humanity.

Source: Jacinda Ardern savaged as UK Parliament declares treatment of Uighurs genocide

Biden defines his underlying challenge with China: ‘Prove democracy works’ | The New Daily

President Joe Biden speaks at the White House in Washington, March, 25 2021. At his news conference on Thursday, the president provided a revealing look into how he viewed the threat from Beijing.

“This is a battle between the utility of democracies in the 21st century and autocracies,” he told reporters at his first news conference as president. “We’ve got to prove democracy works.”

Among the biggest tasks of his presidency, Biden seemed to be arguing, is to prove anew to a skeptical world that both American democracy and its model of democratic capitalism still works – and that it is superior to the very different system Xi is ruthlessly enforcing at home as he tries to extend China’s influence around the world.

Biden defines his underlying challenge with China: ‘Prove democracy works’ | The New Daily

Australia’s ambassador to China blasts Beijing’s ‘vindictive’ trade behaviour

Australia’s ambassador in Beijing has labelled China’s campaign of economic punishment against Australia “vindictive” as the diplomatic relationship between the two countries remains stuck in a rut.

Australia’s ambassador to China blasts Beijing’s ‘vindictive’ trade behaviour

Let’s Stop Pretending Russia and China are Military Threats | The Smirking Chimp

The US will spend, if we want to be purists, $716 billion on the military. It’s actually a lot more because the National Security Agency is part of the military, and the CIA to all intents and purposes is military in nature and between them their secret budgets top more than the $50 billion that was leaked in a Congressional hearing eight years ago, and could be double that now since so much more US military activity is now handled by Special Forces acting under the direction of the CIA, but for sake of argument let’s just leave it at $716 billion. Russia’s military budget is $65 billion, and even if you tripled that to account for how much more expensive everything is in the US from soldiers’ pay to weapons systems would represent less than a third of what the US spends. China’s military budget $183 billion, and again, you could double that if you like to account for different costs and it would be less than half of the US military budget.

Let’s Stop Pretending Russia and China are Military Threats | The Smirking Chimp

What does the splitting of the Pacific Islands Forum mean for Australia? – ABC News

The coastline of the Pacific nation of Tuvalu.
Remember Dutton, Abbott and Morrison at BOOMGATE; They were opening up the Pacific for China

Five Micronesian leaders declared they were quitting the organisation, accusing other Pacific Island nations of treating them with neglect and contempt.

What does the splitting of the Pacific Islands Forum mean for Australia? – ABC News

China, Papua New Guinea and Australia’s Backyard Blues – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It might have made more sense to realise that PNG, precisely in being sovereign, is making its own arrangements. Security cadres in Canberra and Washington take issue with the fact that the natives are showing initiative. Shoebridge even comes close to accusing the country of being a harlot of international relations. “Promises of millions – even billions – of dollars for a remote province are attractive not just for the Moresby government but for provincial leaders who need to deliver funds to local supporters.” The sort of cash, in other words, Australia is simply not interested in supplying.

China, Papua New Guinea and Australia’s Backyard Blues – » The Australian Independent Media Network

War With China So Thank God Those Subs Are On Their Way… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Perhaps my young dog gave me a better analogy. He’s still at a stage where he’s likely to steal shoes or other miscellaneous objects. When he gives them back without a fight, I pat him on the head and say, “Good boy!” This doesn’t mean that I trust him not to steal another one and neither does it mean that I believe I’ll get it back without a fight… I suspect that many of the Australians who gave Morrison a tick of approval feel exactly the same way.

War With China So Thank God Those Subs Are On Their Way… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

How incompetent Boob Trump took down America and launched the Chinese Century

It seems increasingly clear that the 21st century will be the Chinese century. And, China is going to get there sooner thanks to a new isolationism and a paroxysm of ignorant reality-denial for which Donald J. Trump has been the cheerleader and chief implementation officer. The BBC reports that a British think tank predicts that China will overtake the US as the world’s largest economy in 2028 instead of 2033, as a result of its deft handling of the pandemic and as a result of outgoing president Trump’s monumental screw-up, the largest public health disaster in American history.

How incompetent Boob Trump took down America and launched the Chinese Century

The global context of China’s assault on Australian trade and diplomacy

For Australia, lessons can be learned from Japan. New Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga used his first overseas trip to visit Indonesia and Vietnam. Suga signed a defence export deal with Hanoi and provided a $670 million low-interest loan to Jakarta. Suga also deepened security relations with Australia through a defence pact. Suga is making clear and systematic moves to diversify relations and contain Chinese expansion, yet is doing so without the belligerent bluster and crude diplomatic noise found in Morrison’s public displays. Japan has ongoing disputes with China over the South China Sea and tensions remain over Japan’s security arrangements with the United States, yet the two maintain productive and mutually beneficial trade and diplomatic relations. Former Prime Minister and specialist in Sino-Australia relations, Kevin Rudd, has described Japan’s approach as “do more, talk less”. For attention-hungry Morrison, such a strategy is inconceivable.

The global context of China’s assault on Australian trade and diplomacy

Australia pays high price for megaphone diplomacy – Michael West

megaphone diplomacy

The hysteria over the Victorian government’s MoU with China’s Belt and Road Initiative shows a disturbing lack of understanding of the project by media commentators, academics and some MPs, writes Colin Heseltine.

Australia pays high price for megaphone diplomacy – Michael West

An Olddog thought- The IR Bill is certainly something to fight AGAINST

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