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China: the bold bully boy at work

China: the bold bully boy at work

Object to China’s arrogant expansionism at your front door and it will be met with bullying. Australia’s objection to their position in the South China Seas, and let’s not forget the ugly exposure caused by the repugnant Labor weasel Sam Dasyari who rubbed China’s nose in the poo over political influence to a foreign power has won retaliation. They are bullying on many fronts despite Mr Turnbull’s ‘close’ relationship President Xi Jinping. His close relationship with Donald Trump, sort of thing, and French Emannuel Macron who peed in Mal’s pocket while chiding him about climate change. The vagaries of international politics has got the government scrambling. They should have opened the fortune cookie at the Xi Jinping banquet. Having drunk Malcolm’s Kool-Aid, Trade Minister Steve Ciobo is now emulating his boss with nautical platitudes. Remember, the good ship Australia, sails filled with prosperity, scudding over the briny of adversity, sailing into the future of jobs ‘n growth, through innovation and waffle? Well… the doldrums are upon us.

Source: news Corp

Australia extends olive branch to Xi Jinping

The Turnbull government has ­extended an olive branch to President Xi Jinping in an attempt to ­repair the China-Australia bilateral relationship, with Trade Minister Steve Ciobo urging both sides to “bring our boats together and help each other to find a way to the other shore of the ocean”.

In a milestone speech in Shanghai last night, Mr Ciobo, the first Australian minister to visit the communist nation this year amid a diplomatic freeze, described China as a “true global giant”. He said its relationship with Australia had developed into “something more”.
Speaking to business leaders at the AustCham Westpac Australia-China Awards, Mr Ciobo referenced Mr Xi as he lavished praise on China.
Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce deputy director Xiao Yang and Australian ambassador to China Jan Adams were also in attendance.
“President Xi Jinping’s speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos last year was one that the world noticed,” Mr Ciobo said.

“I particularly remember President Xi said, ‘One should not just retreat to the harbour when encountering a storm, for this will never get us to the other shore of the ocean’. For the partnership between Australia and China, if we find ourselves in choppy waters, we should bring our boats together and help each other to find a way to the other shore, avoiding the storm.”
Despite Australia snubbing Beijing’s attempts last year to link the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility with China’s Belt Road Initiative, Mr Ciobo complimented Mr Xi’s BRI without shifting the government’s position.
“One year ago last week I travelled to Beijing for the Belt and Road Forum, to ensure the Australian government engaged constructively and collaboratively with China on the landmark Belt and Road Initiative,” he said.
“The Australian government is working to identify and facilitate access to commercial opportunities resulting from BRI. Australia can bring much to the table … we are looking forward to working on such projects where they are in the national interest of both our countries.”
Mr Ciobo, who travelled to Shanghai to attend tomorrow’s AFL match between Port Adelaide and the Gold Coast, will sign an agreement for an upcoming export summit.
The Australian first reported on the diplomatic freeze between the two nations in February and Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop are yet to confirm any plans to travel to China despite it being their “turn” to visit Beijing, as their respective counterparts visited Australia last year.
Universities, iron ore miners, casino operators and China-linked businesses have been most vocal in criticising the government’s approach to China.
China-based Australian businessman Geoff Raby — a former ambassador to China and director of Yancoal — dramatically called for Ms Bishop to resign this week over the tensions.
In contrast to US claims of Chinese economic aggression harming American business, Mr Ciobo struck a conciliatory tone in his speech tonight.
“Speaking plainly, our partnership is benefiting both sides and making Australians and Chinese richer together,” he said.
“Australians are not making gains at the expense of Chinese, and Chinese are not making gains at the expense of Australians.”
Mr Ciobo — a vocal opponent of trade protectionism — said contrary to “scare campaigns”, Chinese investment in Australia was “modest”.
“While we are now seeing stronger Australian investment into China, and we would like more.”
“Likewise, our trade flows see Australian and Chinese citizens both enriched from our relationship, with prosperity being boosted for both countries.”
He also said China’s “rise and growth” was good for the China-Australia partnership and “good for our people”.
“Our relationship is mature, broad, and anchored in respect for our respective histories and world view. A comprehensive commitment to ongoing dialogue is critical to maximising the benefits that flow to us both from our partnership.
“That is not to say there won’t be occasions when we may differ in our views of events and implications. Indeed, in all of Australia’s relationships, we have our differences from time to time and we manage these with respect, and in the context of a positive, mutually beneficial relationship.”
The speech came as Treasury Wine Estates conceded there had been a slowdown in shipments of its wine to China, saying the nation had introduced additional red tape that was also being applied to a number of other Australian companies.
To date, the government has argued there has been no impact on trade as a result of diplomatic tensions, but some in the business community have argued otherwise.
Treasury Wine stopped short of blaming the political situation but conceded there had been a slowdown in shipments of its wine to China as blockages and red tape at key ports delayed it getting its wine into the hands of distributors and buyers.
“Regarding separate commentary on certain industries in Australia, seeing a slowdown on clearance of imports into China, Treasury Wine confirms it is also experiencing delays for some of its Australian country of origin shipments being cleared by the General Administration of Customs China to replenish its inventory levels.’’
Asked about the Treasury statement ahead of the speech, Mr Ciobo said: “The questions that are being asked relate to certificates of origin.
“Having this brought to my attention in the last 36 hours my office is mobilised, the Australian diplomatic mission here is mobilised and we will look at precisely what the situation is and if we can get to the bottom of it.”

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  • Zoltan 18/05/2018, 7:21 am

    Off topic, it’s hard to believe when seeing pics like that at the top that Malc was a Rhodes Scholar, supposedly the intellectual cream. What on earth must his fellow statesmen think of “selfie man” the overly excited schoolgirl!

    • Lorraine 18/05/2018, 8:03 am

      Malcolm has nothing else going for him, he will be remembered for the selfie

      • Joe Blogs 18/05/2018, 8:58 am

        Yes – with and without a camera.

  • TommyGun 18/05/2018, 9:16 am

    I can say that we aren’t the only ones having a problem with the infiltration of Chinese by stealth. I am in Irkutsk at the moment, only about 70km from the mightly Lake Baikal,
    Yesterday we hired a car and drove to the lake. Stunning scenery and miles of clean forest. It’s still very undeveloped but we stopped at a town called Listvianka and saw signs of investment. I then learnt that the Chinese have seen the potential and are in on the act, buying up land around the lake and putting up hotels to bring in their stinking friends.
    Worse; tour guides are now telling the Chinese tourists that Baikal “always was Chinese territory. We are now getting it back.”
    Of course, the local administration thinks the Chinese investment is wonderful and has ignored a petition from locals to stop it.
    One day, the Russians will be outnumbered on their own land.

    Sound familiar??

    • Botswana O'Hooligan 18/05/2018, 10:42 am

      Nice spot alright TG, years ago when the annual horde of spring and summer Celestials coming over the border with citrus fruit to trade etc. the Russians would thin them out a bit by either blaming them for bringing cholera in and also testing them for AIDS weekly so that the poor bastards could hardly get around from loss of blood.

      • TommyGun 18/05/2018, 11:38 am

        Were the blood samples taken using an AK-47?

    • Ozisceptic 18/05/2018, 2:40 pm

      my daughter worked near there at a university in Siberia (Chita ) teaching languages. On mondays the boys would not attend as they had Vodka hangovers. Supermarkets had an entire aisle of Vodka. Interesting.
      Also interesting getting the trans siberian express. All the work times on the train are on Moscow time, so cleaners barge into your cabin at 2 in the morning, because in Moscow that is during the day.
      On trade, our trade minister has been captured. The Americans think China is gouging about $500 B a year from them in cheated patents and ideas. We are naive. I do remember here, they bought an Australian designed aircraft, shipped it back, dismantled it to reverse engineer it, but could not put it together again!

  • DT 18/05/2018, 9:20 am

    I have observed that he is what used to be called a copycat, his favourites are Kevin Rudd the politician stunts and Tony Abbott initiatives that Chairman Mal rejected at the time but later adopted.

  • Clarion Call 18/05/2018, 1:58 pm

    It’s what the orientals call: Chinese checkmate. It’s a game where they break every rule in the book, threaten all other players and steal their pieces in plain sight. All while stridently declaring they are fair and worthy competitors. The slanties are five steps ahead of the Europeans and Yanks in the world game. And they’ve now got the balls to net all of their goals against an outplayed and docile opposition.

  • angry 18/05/2018, 4:11 pm

    China tells Qantas to toe the Communist Party line or face having its website blocked | Daily Mail Online

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5685703/China-tells-Qantas-toe-Communist-Party-line-face-having-website-blocked.html

  • angry 18/05/2018, 4:12 pm
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  • angry 18/05/2018, 4:13 pm

    Brain Surveillance Technology: It’s Real And It’s Being Used In Chinese Workplaces

    https://www.inquisitr.com/4883977/brain-surveillance-technology-its-real-and-its-being-used-in-chinese-workplaces/

    FRIGHTENING !!!!!!!!

  • luk1955 19/05/2018, 7:55 am

    Frightening all right. That’s why our governments are so fascinated with the chinks.

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