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Remember back in August when China’s Deputy Head of Mission Wang Xining made that extraordinary speech at Canberra’s National Press Club outlining how Australia had wronged the Communist state?

It was a pointed attack at Australia over its decision to back an independent inquiry into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic – a decision the diplomat compared with the stabbing of Roman emperor Julius Caesar.

The rift over where coronavirus originated has dominated the relationship between the two previously strong allies. But it is far from the only reason China is “angry” at Australia.

A deliberately leaked document delivered by the Chinese embassy in Canberra to The Age newspaper reveals 14 disputes that are “poisoning bilateral relations”.
China is angry,” an official said after the leak on Tuesday. “If you make China the enemy, China will be the enemy.”

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Linked to what @#comcom was talking about here: https://defencehub.live/threads/indonesian-economy-and-updates.1273/page-5#post-27520
 

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Things are really heating up lately because of the twitter incident. I am going to change the thread title to "australia china tensions" as this likely goes on for quite a while.


 

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Australia seeks conciliation with China after dispute over graphic tweet​

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
DEC. 3, 2020
3:51 AM
WELLINGTON, New Zealand —
A war of words between Australia and China over a graphic tweet seemed to cool Thursday as Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison struck a much more conciliatory tone.

 

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@#comcom the guest agrees Perth, Darwin and Singapore are the likeliest candidates for (new) US 1st fleet like I thought before:

 

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@#comcom the guest agrees Perth, Darwin and Singapore are the likeliest candidates for (new) US 1st fleet like I thought before:

I wonder what will the dudes in Jakarta think of having another US fleet in Darwin.
 

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I wonder what will the dudes in Jakarta think of having another US fleet in Darwin.

Singapore Changi always hosting a bunch of USN from time to time right now. I don't think its overall a huge change (in Jakarta thinking)

Besides it will push China to improve relations in genuine way with Indonesia and not harrass around natuna I feel....because there is literally going to be a number of USN ships permanently traversing SCS for them to deal/confront/track etc.
 

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Singapore Changi always hosting a bunch of USN from time to time right now. I don't think its overall a huge change (in Jakarta thinking)

Besides it will push China to improve relations in genuine way with Indonesia and not harrass around natuna I feel....because there is literally going to be a number of USN ships permanently traversing SCS for them to deal/confront/track etc.

There are talks that TNI will participate in a joint amphib operations with Australia and the US in Darwin. After secretary Miller visited Jakarta yesterday.

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There is fairly strong bipartisan resolve in Australia to act firmly and unitedly against the Chinese escalation.

Among other things in this video was this (I believe Victoria was the only Australian province that joined BRI):

"Labour will support federal power to overrule the BRI in Victoria"
 

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There is fairly strong bipartisan resolve in Australia to act firmly and unitedly against the Chinese escalation.

Among other things in this video was this (I believe Victoria was the only Australian province that joined BRI):

"Labour will support federal power to overrule the BRI in Victoria"
I wonder where's Twiggy . Haven't heard much from him lately.
 

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Pretty significant, 2021 will be interesting year to watch @Jackdaws @Madokafc @Paro @#comcom et al


From the horses mouth (Bill Browder):


TLDR, Essentially:

Australia, EU, Japan, NZ all going through (or are likely soon going to go through) likely magnitsky act adoption (in addition to countries like US and Canada which already have this statute). They would all have to add specific CCP officials specifically to the existing sanctioned individuals though. We shall see.

Some CCP officials could very well be sanctioned by such for such things as genocide (in Xinjiang) and kleptocratic policies ( IP theft, trade violations etc).
 

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Pretty significant, 2021 will be interesting year to watch @Jackdaws @Madokafc @Paro @#comcom et al


From the horses mouth (Bill Browder):


TLDR, Essentially:

Australia, EU, Japan, NZ all going through (or are likely soon going to go through) likely magnitsky act adoption (in addition to countries like US and Canada which already have this statute). They would all have to add specific CCP officials specifically to the existing sanctioned individuals though. We shall see.

Some CCP officials could very well be sanctioned by such for such things as genocide (in Xinjiang) and kleptocratic policies ( IP theft, trade violations etc).
I don't see the point for sanctioning some individual Chinese officials, do they care? it generates more heat than light. it's more of a symbolic gesture. No countries are able to sanction China, the west has to change their superior atitude when dealing with China.
 

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This will spurr arm races in the region, big countries like Indonesia, Australia and so on who usually doesn't put much into defense spending right now signicantly increasing their budget
 

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This will spurr arm races in the region, big countries like Indonesia, Australia and so on who usually doesn't put much into defense spending right now signicantly increasing their budget
China's defence budget only accounts for a very small percentage of her GDP, around 2%. China will never enter a arm race with anyone, we saw what happened to USSR, arm race only bankcorrupts countries, first USSR, now US.
 

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Pretty significant, 2021 will be interesting year to watch @Jackdaws @Madokafc @Paro @#comcom et al


From the horses mouth (Bill Browder):


TLDR, Essentially:

Australia, EU, Japan, NZ all going through (or are likely soon going to go through) likely magnitsky act adoption (in addition to countries like US and Canada which already have this statute). They would all have to add specific CCP officials specifically to the existing sanctioned individuals though. We shall see.

Some CCP officials could very well be sanctioned by such for such things as genocide (in Xinjiang) and kleptocratic policies ( IP theft, trade violations etc).
China basically thinks it is a genuine global power and can bully other nations like the US does or the UK has in the past. The Chinese belief is laughable because while it does have considerable leverage in African and Asian nations where it has invested heavily - it is a matter of time before these countries just nationalize their own assets and give China the middle finger.
 

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China basically thinks it is a genuine global power and can bully other nations like the US does or the UK has in the past. The Chinese belief is laughable because while it does have considerable leverage in African and Asian nations where it has invested heavily - it is a matter of time before these countries just nationalize their own assets and give China the middle finger.
China doesn't want to bully anyone, US is sanctioning China but this year China became the biggest trading partner of EU, US, ASEAN, India..., exports surge, surplus booming, foreign reserve hit a new high every month, Yuan hit new high every week, their bullying tactic ended up as the biggest joke in 2020.
 

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China doesn't want to bully anyone, US is sanctioning China but this year China became the biggest trading partner of EU, US, ASEAN, India..., exports surge, surplus booming, foreign reserve hit a new high every month, Yuan hit new high every week, their bullying tactic ended up as the biggest joke in 2020.
Of course the US is a bully. China is trying in vain to be one. That's the whole point.
 

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China basically thinks it is a genuine global power and can bully other nations like the US does or the UK has in the past. The Chinese belief is laughable because while it does have considerable leverage in African and Asian nations where it has invested heavily - it is a matter of time before these countries just nationalize their own assets and give China the middle finger.
China has been the most hated country in Africa way before the pandamic. And thanks to COVID the trend follows all around the world soon.
 

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