4 thoughts on “China’s influence in Australia”

  1. From the blurb:

    “From politics to culture, real estate to agriculture, universities to unions, and even in our primary schools, he uncovered compelling evidence of the Chinese Communist Party’s infiltration of Australia. Sophisticated influence operations target Australia’s elites, and parts of the large Chinese-Australian diaspora have been mobilised to buy access to politicians, limit academic freedom, intimidate critics, collect information for Chinese intelligence agencies, and protest in the streets against Australian government policy. It’s no exaggeration to say the Chinese Communist Party and Australian democracy are on a collision course. The CCP is determined to win, while Australia looks the other way.”

    Their game is subversion. Russians are still at it too, as shown by recent Congressional investigations into their interference in the elections, and in energy policy. Bezmenov explained it many years ago:

    Russia and China, whether or not you still consider them Communist, are authoritarian states that want to weaken the Western democracies, whom they see as rivals, and as subversive of their own, unfree societies.

    Clive Hamilton has long been a climate catastrophist (see here: clivehamilton.com/) , but it seems he is now waking up to some more definite and immediate threats to our society. May his enlightenment continue!

  2. May his enlightenment continue indeed David. I certainly agree with the notion that Chinese subversion in Australia and their increasingly belligerent stance toward other countries of the region is currently the prime external threat faced by Australia. However I find it a little amusing that Clive, who at one point expressed the notion that democracy be suspended in order to better fight “climate Change”, now expresses concerns about the threat of the totalitarian Chinese regime. Whether the “new world order” totalitarians of UN/EU ilk would be any better than Chinese ones I’m not sure. Probably to much to hope that Clive has had his road to Damascus moment but who can tell.

  3. From the time Deng Xiaoping turned China towards the light from the mad and murderous chaos of Mao and walked the capitalist road most in the west have assumed the Chinese political system would eventually tend to merge parallel with that of the west and would grant more freedoms to Chinese people.
    For decades China has had access to western markets and by hard work and planned investments have grown their economy at stellar rates.
    Like Dr Hamilton I was surprised too in 2008 when the Chinese used coach-loads of supporters to nullify Tibetan protesters in Canberra around the Olympic torch relay. What was this that most had not realized was in our midst?
    Jumping ahead to 2014 the west was surprised that China decided to construct their fortified islands in the South China Sea. (A body of water that might have been named the East Cochin Sea or the West Phillipines Sea)
    I am not aware there was any change in any threat level to China to warrant the sudden militarization.
    Nobody was threatening China.
    The main change in “threat level” I can detect around Asia is the aggressive development of nuclear arms and rocketry by North Korea which of course has been aided and abetted for decades by China and Russia. Something the complacent and foolish west failed to address when opportunity hammered on the door in the 1990’s.
    Back to 2014 and the South China Sea – it is surprising that the littoral nations have not come together in joint freedom of navigation transits and exercises.
    Recently in 2017 we see China taking a step away from the political path leading to a merge nearer to western systems and regressing to the days of dictatorship and permanent communist party state with elements of a police state. How much clearer do we want the political signals to be? Additional to all that and we have China acting exactly as if it is wanting war.
    Yet China expects all the advantages of participation in the centuries long western built system of global trade and prosperity, expects the west to do nothing while China pillages western intellectual property – just for one example – running a weak currency is another.
    Now we have President Trump who makes it plain he is awake to all this.
    A quick focus back to Australia and many here were stunned to learn in 2015 of the lease of Darwin Port to a Chinese entity related to the communist party – words fail but there are several blogs.
    Many have been aware for a few years now that Bob Carr runs the Australia China Relations Institute at UoTech Sydney – something of a cheer squad for China.
    Then last year various news items broke exposing political contributions by various well heeled Chinese player here and the surprising revelations around an ALP Senator.
    So how does little Australia plot a course through all this? I think the new book will be an interesting and important read.

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