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China has lost significant ground in our region : Comments

By Jeffrey Wall, published 17/2/2023

China has made some serious diplomatic blunders that highlighted its relative inexperience in the South Pacific of this era.

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How about our own Socialist government, which has a Foreign Minister rubbishing UK colonialism, and by default, us descendants of British settlers. Can we trust them on China?

Do China's serious 'diplomatic' blunders matter? China is a bully, not a diplomat; it's what they do, not what they say, that we have to worry about. As for the Pacific Islands, they will always go with the money that they can squeeze out of Australia or China. And, who has noticed this 'spectacular backfiring'?

China is an increasing threat to Australia, no matter what tinpot Islands do - no matter what amateur commentators say.
Posted by ttbn, Friday, 17 February 2023 7:25:45 AM
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If true, good news for Australia and Australians. If less so for our academic elite, who tend to run in the groove of "China good US bad".

This was one area where our scarcely lamented "Bit Of A Bulldozer" had good instincts, and it's interesting to see him re-engage, in his Tokyo speech. Could be worse - he could be spruiking Pentecostalism.
Posted by Steve S, Friday, 17 February 2023 8:04:48 AM
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We will not be told where and how to invest! We already have over a trillion dollars of debt to service. Investments require good security that can vanish with a change of government.

What we can and should do is provide small modular nuclear reactors as MSR thorium and that will enable many small village enterprises to get up and going. And if well managed create total self-sufficiency. Besides, almost every nation on planet earth has some thorium.

Just one handful of Mumbai beach sand contains enough energy to power India for a year. Imagine how long it would power a much smaller Figi, for example.

Moreover, nuclear power coupled to know science/technology can turn seawater into alternative fuels suitable to run any engine very economically! And become the basis of a plastics and or fertilizer industries.

I mean the world is going electric, cars, trucks, buses, trams, trains and even short hop airplanes. After that we need to grow our own economy like, gangbusters. And that will require a transition ASAP to the nuclear energy referenced.

Put the hand out by all means but not for cash but stuff we can and should make here at home, e.g., SMR's as MSR thorium. And those as gifts, will go on giving for decades after receipt!
Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Friday, 17 February 2023 10:23:51 AM
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The bad news is China will takeover more Island Nations in the end, due to:

- patience, much longer than Australia's 3 year electoral cycle. Even if it takea 30 years, Vanuatu and maybe even Fiji will succumb.

- China Inc. having no problem about bribing Islander Parliamentarians, 1000s of villigers, and businessmen.

- China Inc (of Chinese Communist Party directed businesses) is faster moving and has deeper pockets (world's second largest economy) than Australia.

All bad news.
Posted by Maverick, Friday, 17 February 2023 4:57:47 PM
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China is an increasing threat to Australia,
ttbn,
China is threat #2 after the average selfish blasť bogan here !
Posted by Indyvidual, Friday, 17 February 2023 8:26:59 PM
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Indyvidual

Agree with you on the bogans.

Maverick

Do think it is entirely impossible that our politicians wouldn't take bribes from China, too. One Australian Socialist politician had a few bills paid by a Chinese business man with close ties to the CCP, if I remember correctly.
Posted by ttbn, Saturday, 18 February 2023 11:31:57 AM
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