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Cadence Column: Asia, November 19, 2018


In Taiwanese politics, a mayor candidate’s comments about his own benefits from drinking honey-lemonade sparked retribution from the medical community. After a lump under his eye went away, apparently from a vegetarian and honey-lemonade diet, he actually said so. A professional from a hospital was quick to weigh in. It’s understandable. If people learned that … Continue reading

Businesses don’t like it, but the Australian government is dead right about China


Business and China Lobbyists can jump up and down, but the government has handled the aggressive and brutal Chinese dictatorship well. The China Lobby has various groupings, and a strictly accurate China Lobby Watch should note which wing is behind which statements. Today, it’s the business wing pushing the pro-Beijing line. The Financial Review‘s Jennifer Hewett … Continue reading

Is China really out to rule the world? The Greentown ‘Ruling Class’


Is China educating an elite class of students with the plan of seeding them into positions of power in Western democracies? In his book Silent Invasion, Professor Clive Hamilton talks about a meeting in 2004 where Chinese Communist Party Secretary Hu Jintao instructed envoys from around the world that Australia was to be brought under China’s … Continue reading

Duterte in between China and Quad


“Australia, the United States, India and Japan are talking about establishing a joint regional infrastructure scheme as an alternative to China’s multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative in an attempt to counter Beijing’s spreading influence …” reported by Reuters on Feb 19, 2018. These four countries are commonly referred to as the “Quad”, the driving force … Continue reading

Should Australia treat China as friend or foe?


On Saturday, on the front page of The Australian, there was an article declaring that Australia’s spy agency had identified 10 local and state political candidates with ties to Chinese intelligence, part of China’s plans to interfere in Australian democracy. The politicians were not named and the sources were anonymous, but the tone was clear: … Continue reading

China is ‘unsettled’ by Australia’s justified criticism and showing ‘outright hostility’


International relations between China and Australia have “soured” and the Asian powerhouse’s mistrust of us is growing — an expert in the field has claimed. Nick Bisley, a Professor of International Relations at La Trobe University, says the country was once reserved in its criticism of Australia but a series of perceived provocations means the … Continue reading

Australian taxes helping to finance Chinese military capability


For several years the Chinese party-state has been pursuing a co-­ordinated program to acquire from abroad advanced military and ­industrial technology, and to do so by fair means or foul. It now emerges that Australian universities inadvertently are helping to give China the technological leadership it craves. The Australian Research Council is funnelling Australian taxpayer … Continue reading

Devastating coral loss in South China Sea


Scientists are warning of another “devastating” loss of coral due to a spike in sea temperatures. They say 40% of coral has died at the Dongsha Atoll in the South China Sea. Nothing as severe has happened on Dongsha for at least 40 years, according to experts. Anne Cohen of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in … Continue reading

Australia is the leader in the Asia-Pacific region, not China or Japan


Forbes recently wrote that the leading power in East Asia will be Japan, not China. While this is probably true, Australia should not be forgotten as already being the de facto leader in the greater Asia-Pacific region, and could be a greater power than Japan or future economic giant India, who are both contenders as … Continue reading

Australia has not changed their position on the South China Sea, despite what media says


A recent article in the Australian Financial Review claims that Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has changed her position on the South China Sea, and that Australia is now more in step with China’s stance. This is not necessarily true, and seems to reflect the desires of some elements of Australian business to portray Australia … Continue reading

China must be stopped from blocking supply in the South China Sea


Australia and other countries are currently pushing for freedom of navigation patrols in the South China Sea, in response to China’s aggression and illegal claims in the region. For the immediate future, these countries should have a permanent presence in this area to ensure freedom of navigation for international trade vessels and local fishermen. The … Continue reading

US, Philippines launch joint South China Sea patrols


The US said Thursday it has launched joint South China Sea naval patrols with the Philippines, escalating its presence as it accused Beijing of “militarising” a region which is locked in territorial disputes. In a show of strength, US defence secretary Ashton Carter also announced that 275 troops and five A-10 ground attack aircraft currently … Continue reading

Chinese navy silently obtains access to important ports around the world


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: Chinese news site mil.news.sina.com.cn reports that the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) navy has been making great efforts to obtain access to ports abroad so that it may become a true blue water navy. Its most important recent achievement is the … Continue reading

China says it should join TPP, even though it wasn’t invited


China should join at an appropriate time the U.S.-backed regional trade accord the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as its broad aims are in line with China’s own economic reform agenda, an influential Communist Party newspaper said on Sunday. China is not among the 12 Pacific Rim countries who earlier this month agreed the trade pact, the … Continue reading

Rising India is vital to allied hopes to contain China


With Australia firmly in the geopolitical mix, no one is publicly talking about China and containment, but all strategies are going in that direction. A recent cover of India Today magazine has Prime Minister Narendra Modi dressed up as Superman, fist outstretched, flying around the planet and restoring his country to its rightful position as … Continue reading

China told to behave in the South China Sea … or else


The most powerful navy officer on earth, US Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift, has fired a broadside at China and other regional nations who are flouting international law in the South China Sea. Speaking to a high-powered audience that included senior navy officers from more than a dozen countries at the Pacific 2015 expo … Continue reading

China not fit for global leadership


Australia’s top public servant has dismissed any prospect of China leading the world, saying the economic giant is neither willing nor able to solve global problems. Michael Thawley, secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, said China had shown itself to be more interested in challenging the existing order than building a better one. … Continue reading

China says neither Japan nor Australia supports US South China Sea ‘provocation’


The following is based on translations of reports in Chinese media: A report in Chinese media says that Japan and Australia were the only two countries that expressed concern about China’s land reclamation in the South China Sea, along with US Defence Secretary Ash Carter at the Shangri-La Dialogue, but the United States cannot rely … Continue reading

US to deploy nuclear-capable bombers to Australia to send message to China


The United States announced that it will deploy nuclear-capable strategic bombers in Australia as China becomes increasingly concerned about US interference at what China claims is its borders. The United States will station B-1 strategic bombers in Australia, US Assistant Secretary of Defense David Shear told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday. The move … Continue reading

US “grand strategy” for war against China


The advanced stage of discussions in US foreign policy circles over the pursuit of an ever-more aggressive policy toward China has been revealed by the recent release of a chilling report under the auspices of the influential Council on Foreign Relations. Entitled “Revising US Grand Strategy Toward China,” the report is nothing less than an … Continue reading

Where do we draw the line on balancing China?


Is it time for the United States to get serious about balancing China? According to Robert Blackwill and Ashley Tellis, the answer is an emphatic yes. In a new Council on Foreign Relations report, they portray China as steadily seeking to increase its national power, reduce the U.S. security role in Asia, and eventually dominate … Continue reading

Productivity, not reproductivity, must be the new driver of Chinese growth


Around a quarter of China’s remarkable economic growth over the past three decades or so was delivered by the dividend from its demographic structure, with a young population augmenting the workforce and lifting output in new jobs. A large proportion of the population were of working age; the proportion of the young and the old … Continue reading

US, Australia and Philippines start war games in South China Sea amid China tensions


More than 11,000 soldiers from the Philippines, U.S. and Australia began joint drills in the South China Sea, as the Philippines’ military chief called China’s building work on disputed reefs “worrisome” and a source of friction with its neighbours. The reclamation “will cause tensions among claimant countries not only because it could deter freedom of … Continue reading

‘Fear and greed’ drive Australia’s China policy, says Prime Minister


Tony Abbott has admitted at the highest international level that Australia’s policies towards China are driven by two emotions: “fear and greed”. The Prime Minister’s candid appraisal of Australia’s primordial motivations, given with a grin in private conversation with Germany’s Angela Merkel last November, is a long way from the prolix platitudes of official documents. And it … Continue reading

China’s coming war with Asia


China recently announced its military budget this year would increase by 10 per cent, to about $US141 billion ($180bn), marking the 21st consecutive year in which its military spending has grown by a double-digit increment. It is now the second biggest military spender in the world, after the US. The difference is the US has … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, March 23, 2015


The conflict is already here. As it seems, China always planned to invade Taiwan and upset the teetering Pacific balance. Myanmar and India won’t have any more. Declassified notes (last week) suggest China was lying about their intentions with Hong Kong since 1958 and Thatcher knew this in her confidential talks with Beijing in the … Continue reading

Britain, Germany, France, Italy and others considering joining China-led investment bank, against US advice


The United States urged countries on Tuesday to think twice about signing up to a new China-led Asian development bank that Washington sees as a rival to the World Bank, after Germany, France and Italy followed Britain in saying they would join. The concerted move by U.S. allies to participate in Beijing’s flagship economic outreach … Continue reading

Australia and China sign landmark free trade deal


China and Australia on Monday sealed a landmark free trade agreement more than a decade in the making, significantly expanding ties between the world’s second largest economy and one of Washington‘s closest allies in Asia. The deal, which Australia called the best ever between Beijing and a Western country, will open up Chinese markets to … Continue reading

In veiled message to China, Obama renews commitment to Asia-Pacific pivot


President Barack Obama sought on Saturday to reassure Asia-Pacific allies about Washington’s strategic shift toward the region as he sent a veiled message to a rising China with a vow to “deepen our engagement using every element of our power”. Speaking in Australia on the final stop of a three-country regional tour, Obama insisted that Asia’s … Continue reading

How much did Australia sacrifice to China in deal to export one million live cattle per year?


Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott should reveal the negative impacts of free trade with China, Oposition Leader Bill Shorten says, accusing the government of “selective leaks to soften up the electorate” for painful concessions to Beijing. The Australian this morning revealed one million beef cattle valued at more than $1 billion are set to be … Continue reading

The two-cow theory: Capitalism in America, China and around the world


Traditional Capitalism: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies and the economy grows. You sell them and retire on the income. American Capitalism: You have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, … Continue reading

Three major nations absent as China launches World Bank rival in Asia


As Japan and the US will not allow China to increase its stake in the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and World Bank, China set has set up a multinational rival bank called the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). 21 countries in the region, all of them except Japan, Australia, Indonesia and South Korea, attended the … Continue reading

Australia set to help China seize assets of corrupt Chinese officials


Australian police have agreed to assist China in the extradition and seizure of assets of corrupt Chinese officials who have fled with hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit funds, the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported on Monday. The joint operation would make its first seizure of assets in Australia within weeks, the newspaper quoted … Continue reading

China’s neighbours are going on a military shopping spree – in Japan


It’s no secret that China’s rise as an economic power has been miraculous. Over the past few decades, hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of poverty, BMWs have replaced many bicycles on the streets of Beijing, and China’s is now the second-largest economy in the world. This economic explosion has in turn boosted … Continue reading

China seeks to be centre of Asian Union, world’s largest Free Trade Zone


As far back as January 2012, I pointed out “China’s desire to establish an East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere,” which Japan shed a lot of blood to establish decades ago, but failed. ASEAN plus China, Japan and Korea (APT – ASEAN Plus Three) will be its embryo. If Australia and New Zealand, who both already have free trade … Continue reading

The Great Chinese Exodus; 64% of China’s rich plan to leave


Many Chinese are leaving for cleaner air, better schools and more opportunity. But Beijing is keeping its eye on them. Even when the emperors did their utmost to keep them at home, the Chinese ventured overseas in search of knowledge, fortune and adventure. Manchu Qing rulers thought those who left must be criminals or conspirators … Continue reading

If Australia wants to avoid regional turmoil caused by China’s sea claims, it needs to turn to Asean


Sitting as far from its European roots as possible, perched on the southeast tip of Southeast Asia, Australia has for so long searched for security from our region. Now it needs to, and is, seeking security in the region. Traditional security threats, like territorial disputes in the South China Sea, are disrupting the Asia-Pacific. What … Continue reading

Australia’s grand plan to feed China for the next 100 years


Andrew Forrest’s grand plan for a China food deal will progress next week when the Business Council of Australia hosts a forum with industry representatives and state and federal farm ministers led by Barnaby Joyce. The meeting in Sydney on Thursday will be hosted by BCA chief executive Jennifer Westacott and will include representatives from … Continue reading

China’s actions in hunt for plane are hurting more than helping


When a Chinese government vessel took the world by surprise this month with its announcement that it had detected underwater signals that might have come from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, China suddenly looked like the hero of the multinational search effort. Within days, however, the Chinese claims were discounted, and attention shifted to another … Continue reading

China has no official role in plane investigation


As the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 enters its second month, an all-too-rare glimmer of good news has been found: On Sunday, an Australian navy vessel reported signals “consistent” with those emitted by an airplane’s black box in the South Indian Ocean. These aren’t the only signals, or “pings,” that have been heard. At … Continue reading

China ship detects “pulse” signal in plane search; fails to notify Australian search coordinators


Searchers looking for the data recorders from missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370 said Sunday that they were investigating underwater “acoustic events” in two distinct areas of the Indian Ocean – one picked up by an Australian vessel and two others recorded by a Chinese patrol ship. The Australian military vessel Ocean Shield, towing a sophisticated … Continue reading

Australia denies Chinese journalists access to plane search media briefings


Chinese journalists covering the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 from Canberra are furious at what they see as Australian government control of the media. On Sunday, two Chinese crews decided to chase Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss into a car park at the Australian Maritime Safety Authority after being denied access to an AMSA briefing … Continue reading

Australia’s diplomatic dilemma as China intervenes in Indian Ocean plane search


The Australian government faces a potentially delicate diplomatic balancing act as China seeks a greater role in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Under pressure from the families of the 153 Chinese citizens onboard, China has sent three navy vessels to join the Australia-led search in the so-called southern corridor, according to state … Continue reading

Australia scrambles planes in response to Chinese warships near Australian waters


Australia scrambled an air force surveillance plane earlier this month to monitor an unannounced Chinese military exercise that took the emerging superpower’s ships closer to Australian territory than ever before. In what observers say is a significant strategic development, China carried out combat simulations at the beginning of the month between Christmas Island and Indonesia … Continue reading

China’s land grab in Australia hidden by “corporate veil”


Chinese investors may own less than 1 per cent of Australian farmland, but the true level is not known because it is hidden behind a corporate veil, according to a new report that offers support to the establishment of a formal register of foreign land ownership in Australia. A joint report by accountants KPMG and … Continue reading

Australia neglects militarisation of Antarctica by foreign powers, including China


Australian academics have pointed to dangers that Antarctic bases are for the first time being militarised, despite the continent officially being called a land of peace and science. Satellite systems at polar bases could be used to control offensive weapons, according to a report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and little could be done … Continue reading

Hong Kong signs up for Australian undergraduate study and internship plan


Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has signed up the fourth and final destination, Hong Kong, for next year’s trial of the government’s New Colombo Plan, which will send Australian undergraduates into the region for study, internships and long-term diplomacy. “Australian students will benefit from the opportunity to study at Hong Kong’s world-class institutions and the … Continue reading

Australian government sees Asia as priority over US


Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey has expressed doubts the world has seen the last of the US debt impasse as he urged the United States to get its house in order and signalled a renewed focus on opening more markets in Asia as a response to ongoing instability. In an interview with Fairfax Media, Mr Hockey … Continue reading

Australia’s Governor General meets top Chinese leaders


Australia’s Governor-General Quentin Bryce has met with China’s top political leaders in one of her final overseas tours in the post. Mrs Bryce held meetings last night with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. It was Mr Bryce’s first visit as the official head of … Continue reading

Australia backs Japan’s military buildup at risk of upsetting China


Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop threw Australia’s support behind Japan’s attempts to shift its military to a more “normal” defence posture in a speech in Tokyo yesterday. Australia’s backing for Japan’s proposed move away from a purely defensive military runs the risk of sparking resentment in China, which retains deep suspicion of the hawkish Abe … Continue reading

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