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 Did the navy know about the Chinese navy visit??

04.06.19.  Not only does communist China’s naval taskforce steam into Sydney Harbour, decks bristling with heavily armed sailors, but the Premier of NSW Gladys Berejiklian knew nothing of the visit—but the Chinese community did!. This is ridiculous—had it been an American port the show of arms would have indicated an attack and been swiftly fired upon. The good ship Australia clearly shows there is nobody at its bloody helm. The government of Australia and the Opposition are otherwise occupied—the government still drunk with euphoria over its surprise victory, and the Opposition laser stunned into shock by its surprise drubbing. Please, God I humbly beseech the to save Australia from the damned fools charged at great expense to keep us safe!
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian was not informed of the arrival of three Chinese warships until the vessels steamed into Sydney Harbour yesterday morning, with Labor challenging Scott Morrison to explain why he did not ­announce the visit.Source: Andrew Clennell, News Corp

Great squall of China: storm over surprise warship visit

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian was not informed of the arrival of three Chinese warships until the vessels steamed into Sydney Harbour yesterday morning, with Labor challenging Scott Morrison to explain why he did not ­announce the visit.
Defence experts said it was ­important there was transparency about engagement with China, ­arguing the decision not to form­ally announce the arrival of the biggest Chinese naval taskforce to Australia in years was “a bad look”.
The Chinese naval taskforce is comprised of the frigate Xuchang, the auxiliary supply replenishment ship Luoma Hu and the landing platform dock Kunlun Shan, with about 730 officers and sailors in total.
The Defence Department confirmed the taskforce was conducting a “routine port visit” until June 7, with strategic analysts saying the visit was a symbol of China’s growing naval strength in the Indian and Pacific oceans.
The department received a ­request for a port visit from Beijing in April, and the Prime Minister conceded yesterday that the arrival of the warships had caught people off guard.
“It may have been a surprise to others, but it certainly wasn’t a surprise to the government,” he said. “They were returning from counter-drug-trafficking operations in the Middle East. That is a further demonstration of the relationship we have, and this had been in train for some time.”
Labor defence spokesman Richard Marles took aim at the government for its failure to ­announce the arrival of the ships in advance. “The visit is entirely appropriate. I’m just not sure why the government wouldn’t bother to let anyone know it was happening,” Mr Marles said.
Videos on Chinese social media platform WeChat showed members of the Chinese-Australian community coming out to greet the ships, with dozens of people lining the harbour.
Executive director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Peter Jennings, questioned why the “goodwill’’ visit from the Chinese navy was not properly ­announced. He said Defence “should do a better job of being open about engagement with China”.
“There’s been a pattern over years where we only find out about senior PLA generals visiting after they’ve left,” he told The Australian. “I know from my time in ­Defence that that happens at China’s request. But I think ­domestically this is a bad look — that our government doesn’t ­appear to be able to find ways to advise of a major warship visit ­before the ships are up against Garden Island.
“It strikes me as bad for our own domestic situation.”
A Defence spokesman told The Australian that the navy “liaised with the NSW government”.
“Defence co-ordinates the diplomatic clearance process for all visiting warships on behalf of the Australian government,” he said.
“It is the ­visiting foreign navy’s responsibility to appoint a ship’s agent to co-ordinate all logistic requirements for a ship’s visit.
“As is normal, Defence provides support to visit arrangements through liaison with appropriate state and federal government departments and agencies, including with NSW police and the Port Authority of NSW.”
Mr Jennings said the taskforce was “probably the biggest to visit” Australia and argued the public should start to “expect almost every year that there will be some sort of Chinese naval visit”.
Speaking in Honiara yesterday, Mr Morrison said it was a “reciprocal visit because Australian naval vessels visited China”.
He also downplayed the timing of the visit, with the ships arriving the day before the 30th anniver­sary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. He cautioned against engaging in “over analysis”.
Senior research fellow at the National Security College at the Australian National University, David Brewster, said the timing of the visit was a “bit of an embarrassment for the Morrison government both in terms of the anniversary of Tiananmen Square and the fact Morrison is currently in the Solomon Islands trying to shore up Australia’s position vis-a-vis the Chinese”.
“What we’ve been seeing over the last few years … is that these Chinese task groups basically have become much more focused on naval diplomacy, meaning that they tour the whole of the Indian Ocean and some of the Pacific to assert a Chinese presence,” he said. “It’s interesting that these task groups are getting larger and they will continue to get larger.”
Defence confirmed the visit was part of an extended deployment after the Chinese warships completed anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.
HMAS Melbourne was the most recent Australian warship to visit China. It arrived in Qingdao in late April for the People’s Liberation Army-Navy’s International Fleet Review.
The PLA-Navy last stopped in Sydney for a similar visit in 2017. It comes days after Australian navy pilots were the target of laser ­attacks over the South China Sea and Australian ships were tailed by Chinese vessels. Helicopters from HMAS Canberra were forced to land as a precaution last week after they were targeted by lasers from fishing vessels.

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  • Penguinite 04/06/2019, 8:19 am

    Of course Glad knew about the visit! The RAN knew too! Why else did they ensure there were no RAN vessels of any consequence at Garden Island?

    • luk1955 05/06/2019, 7:47 pm

      Just like the US Navy pulled all its aircraft carriers from Pearl Harbor 3 days before the attack of 7 Dec. 1941. All noted on the US Congressional Record.

  • DT 04/06/2019, 8:28 am

    On the eve of the Tiananmen Square massacre anniversary, three Chinese warships make a surprise visit to Sydney Harbour.

    The unannounced visit took everyone in Sydney by surprise, yet Prime Minister Scott Morrison insists he’s known about the visit for weeks.

    “The arrival is being seen as a display of power by the Chinese Navy,” Ben Fordham says.

    However, retired Major General Jim Molan tells Ben Fordham he doesn’t think there needed to be much publicity about the arrival of the warships.

    “It’s commendable that the government didn’t use this for its own political benefit,” says Senator Molan.

    The arrival of these warships coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, which saw soldiers open fire on students.

    Senator Molan acknowledges the timing seems like a clash but is likely due to an oversight, and doesn’t believe there’s any link between “the visit of the three ships and the Tiananmen Square activities”.

    • Bushkid 05/06/2019, 9:51 am

      Sorry Mr Molan, but the Chinese never do anything by chance or oversight.
      Whatever they do, they intend to do.

  • Jarrah 04/06/2019, 8:36 am

    Little turds visiting Sydney, I wonder if any representatives will go see the big turd ensconced in Point Piper. Whichever way you look there are turds everywhere.

    • Austin Ayforti 04/06/2019, 9:23 am

      No doubt they will be picked up from the wharf and chauffeured around by Scumbag Dastaryi.

      • Greg 04/06/2019, 9:47 am

        No Austin, “Scumbag Sam” will not be doing anything for the Chinese on this visit – he hasn’t been paid anything from Beijing for some time now.

  • Austin Ayforti 04/06/2019, 9:28 am

    …”the public should start to “expect almost every year that there will be some sort of Chinese naval visit”.”
    Until the time that will eventually come where on departure day the Chinese announce, ” Nup, we’re staying”.

  • Biking Voter 04/06/2019, 9:34 am

    The Chinese now know how easy it really is to invade Australia, do it on a Monday when the country is still suffering mondayitis and no one gives a damn.

    People are asking when did Morrison know, given that he wasn’t supposed to win government it surely must follow that silly Billy would have had a heads up as the new Prime Monster elect.

  • Albert 04/06/2019, 9:37 am

    Whether anyone knew about this “surprise” visit or not is irrelevant according to Jim Molan. What is relevant is that Morrison apparently knew about it and didn’t bother to inform anyone and that includes the NSW Premier. It is totally unacceptable that those arrogant Chinese arrived in our harbour bristling with armed military personnel upon the deck. It is obvious that they wanted to demonstrate to the Australian people that they can go anywhere they please and will do it how and when they like armed to the back teeth.
    You wouldn’t trust our political idiots or their bureaucratic bum boys with your lunch money.

    • Neville 04/06/2019, 7:00 pm

      As mentioned earlier, it’s quite common nowadays to see armed guards on the decks of the warships of rational nations, just in case of an outbreak of that medical condition known as Sudden Jihad Syndrome.
      So, confronting perhaps, but not unreasonable.
      ( but like other commenters here, I still don’t like seeing it )

      • Albert 05/06/2019, 9:41 am

        Neville, in line with ordinary circumstances I would agree with you but we are not dealing with ordinary circumstances when it comes to the Chinese. They are not here on a ‘goodwill visit’. As i said, they are here to flex their muscles and that is something we should all be worried about.

  • Thunder 04/06/2019, 5:41 pm

    One thing to be thankful for…………

    If Billie Two-Tits had been PM and his Mates they would have been at the Heads waving Giant White Flags of SURRENDER…………

  • bluelagoon 04/06/2019, 6:12 pm

    Famously, Jim Killen allegedly once remarked that we could be invaded and probably captured by a boatload of Scouts rowing into Sydney Harbour on a weekend afternoon.

  • GTD 05/06/2019, 4:35 am

    Of course they knew.
    Reciprocal arrangement, Australian ships visited China

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