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China’s Threat to Bomb Australia Shows Need for Aussie Nuclear Deterrent

I fear “they” (western governments) are not taking this issue seriously enough. mrossol

The Epoch Times – 5/11/2021  By Anders Corr

China’s state media recently threatened a military attack against Australia with both long-range H-6K bombers and missiles. The threat came the same day that Australia’s prime minister expressed support for Taiwan and said that, “We always have stood for freedom in our part of the world.”

China’s latest threat, made on May 7 by the editor-in-chief of the Global Times, Hu Xijin, reveals Australia’s military vulnerability to a far larger and more powerful nuclear-armed China. The Global Times is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Given Hu’s threat, which is consistent with the larger pattern of China’s aggression, the United States and allies should immediately support Australia in obtaining an independent submarine-based nuclear deterrent, so that Australia can join countries such as the United States, France, Britain, and India as powerful global defenders of freedom and democracy. The independent strength of individual members of an alliance improves the overall strength of the alliance.

Australia has a limited window of opportunity in which to go nuclear, after which China’s rising power and regional hegemony will make an independent nuclear Australia impossible. At that point, which could be as soon as 5 or 10 years, the window will close and China could more effectively use nuclear brinkmanship, control of Asian seas, check book diplomacy, and its economic trading power, to break Australia from its allies, and bring it under Beijing’s dominance.

NATO should welcome Australia into its alliance as a full member, before China has a chance to create a territorial dispute down under, and thereby make Australian accession more difficult. If Washington came under the influence of Beijing, the bilateral U.S.-Australia alliance would be useless to Australia’s defense.

NATO should no longer be a purely Atlantic affair, given globalization and the rise of China. What matters today in choosing our closest allies is not geography, but shared values in support of democracy, as well as the inclusion of a broader diversity of allies, including countries like Saudi Arabia and Vietnam, that will strengthen the alliance in resisting Beijing’s growing preponderance of power. Today, China has strong alliance partners in Russia, Iran, and North Korea. Welcoming Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, and other autocratic powers into an alliance with democracies will keep them from turning against us, and strengthen us all.

The Global Times article includes a prominent photo of an H-6K nuclear-capable bomber flying in formation with two Chinese military Su-35 fighter jets. The caption notes that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force (PLAAF) conducted “patrol training over China’s island of Taiwan on Friday.” The planes reportedly flew over the Bashi Channel for the first time, marking a “new breakthrough in island patrol patterns.” China almost daily threatens Taiwan’s sovereignty with fighter jet flights that force Taiwan to scramble, and thus degrade, its own jets in defense. China also frequently pushes its land, maritime, and air boundaries against Japan, India, Bhutan, Myanmar (Burma), Vietnam, and the Philippines. The same may soon be true for Australia.

“Given that Australian hawks keep hyping or hinting that Australia will assist the US military and participate in war once a military conflict breaks out in the Taiwan Straits, and the Australian media outlets have been actively promoting the sentiment, I suggest China make a plan to impose retaliatory punishment against Australia once it militarily interferes in the cross-Straits situation,” writes Hu. He therefore thinks that China has a right to attack Australia, and apparently believes that a war over Taiwan is not a question of if, but when.

“The plan [to attack Australia] should include long-range strikes on the military facilities and relevant key facilities on Australian soil if it really sends its troops to China’s offshore areas and combats against the PLA,” Hu writes. “If they [Australian hawks] are bold enough to coordinate with the US to militarily interfere in the Taiwan question and send troops to the Taiwan Straits to wage war with the PLA, they must know what disasters they would cause to their country.”

Such fighting words follow the Global Times’ demonization of Australia, and the entire Five-Eyes Alliance (United States, Britain, Canada, and New Zealand) as an “axis of white supremacy.” This characterization is obviously false given the multiethnic nature of these democracies’ leadership, including former U.S. President Barack Obama, current U.S. Vice-President Kamala Harris, and current New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta. Yet, the accusation will have currency with some given the colonial history of the Five-Eyes countries, and their current very public and laudable attempts to combat racism within their borders.

Protestors attend a rally for the Uyghur community
Protestors attend a rally for the Uyghur community at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, on March 15, 2021. (Sam Mooy/Getty Images)

Conversely, China’s all-powerful 7-member Politburo Standing Committee are all Han males who resolutely deny the existence of racism in China while at the same time engaging in genocide against their Uyghur minority. The real “axis of racial supremacy” is therefore not between the Five-Eyes, but between Beijing and Moscow.

Australia is not the only country that needs an independent nuclear deterrent and membership in NATO. A similar logic applies to other democracies, including Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, New Zealand, Ukraine, and Georgia, that are under threat from powerful nuclear-armed dictators. All of these countries should be encouraged to join NATO and obtain independent submarine-based nuclear deterrents.

NATO should also strengthen itself by encouraging its most powerful and democratic members, including Germany, Italy, and Canada, to obtain independent nuclear deterrent forces. Against a nuclear-armed foe, no country can entirely rely on another for its defense. Frequent breach of contract between democratic allies, such as the United States and Canada, Britain and the European Union, and Italy and Ireland, over vaccines and personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic, proves that even democracies violate agreements with each other over issues of far less consequence than military conflict in the nuclear age.

Only democracies should have nuclear weapons, because only democracies have the sovereign legitimacy that free and broad-based political participation provides and that tends to (but unfortunately has not always) limited the use of such weapons against civilian targets. But democracies should come to the defense of allied autocracies, for example Saudi Arabia, which is under military pressure from Iran, and Vietnam, which is under threat from China. Maintenance of global political diversity requires the protection of these less powerful autocracies, with all their failings, from larger autocratic threats. Less powerful autocratic allies will eventually undergo a natural and peaceful political evolution towards democracy and improved human rights.

Democracies must not only defend themselves, but the international system of diverse nation-states, in order to keep China and Russia from creating a sufficiently powerful alliance to fold the world’s less powerful states into their plans for regional hegemony and the resulting balkanization and destabilization of the post-1945 rules-based international system. States under threat from these aspiring illiberal hegemons must band together in a powerful alliance, but be sufficiently strong individually, to independently defend their own sovereignty.

Anders Corr has a BA/MA in political science from Yale University (2001) and a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University (2008). He is a Principal at Corr Analytics Inc., Publisher of the Journal of Political Risk, and has conducted extensive research in North America, Europe, and Asia. He authored “The Concentration of Power” (forthcoming 2021) and “No Trespassing,” and edited “Great Powers, Grand Strategies.”

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China’s Ban on Australian Exports Requires a Unified Response by Allies, Especially the US and Canada

It is super disappointing when the West does not support its own allies in the fight against CCP. Why are we backfilling supplying China when Australia is paying the price?? mrossol

The Epoch Times.  Updated 5/3/2021,  By Anders Corr

Allies really shouldn’t throw each other under the bus when it comes to China. Just the opposite.

China banned Australian coal exports in October, and over the next five months, those exports dropped from over 3 million tons per month, to zero. American coal producers lifted some of those sales, with quantities sold increasing from about zero that month to 663,000 tons in March, according to China’s customs data.

China’s increased coal exports from the United States thus hit two birds with one stone. First, by punishing Australia, in part for rejecting Huawei (at America’s request, awkwardly), and second, by helping China meet its obligation to purchase another $52.4 billion of U.S. energy from 2020 to 2021, per former President Donald Trump’s Phase One trade deal of January 2020.

Trump put America first with his trade deal, but ignoring America’s allies as China’s punitive tariffs thrash each in turn like oxen on Beijing’s plow, making them suffer, and driving them in China’s preferred direction. Where America was first with its allies, it could now come in last.

On April 28, Japan was the latest country to approve Beijing’s Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which excludes the United States. All of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, known as ASEAN (Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand), plus South Korea, New Zealand, and Australia, are also in the process of joining RCEP. The agreement is another step towards Beijing’s dream of hegemony in Asia, which would push U.S. military bases and trade completely out of the region.

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President Joe Biden (L), with Secretary of State Antony Blinken (2nd L), meets virtually with members of the “Quad” alliance of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on March 12, 2021. (Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images)

Canada also benefited from Australia’s loss. That cold nation to our north exported 2.2 million tons of barley to China from the 2020 to 2021 harvest. This more than doubled the 2019 and 2020 exports, according to the Canadian Grain Commission. Meanwhile, Australia lost about 15 percent in unmilled barley export revenues to China (A$90 million). Why? China’s deep-cutting 80.5 percent “anti-dumping” duties levied against the back of Australian barley in May.

You can be sure that Australian barley and coal producers are screaming bloody murder to their elected representatives in Canberra (the ones that listen, because they get paid to). They will be asked exactly what Beijing wants them to be asked. Australia must cave to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s wish list. Invite Huawei into Australian information networks. Stop being friendly to Taiwan. Stop complaining about genocide against the Uyghurs. Stop encouraging the United States through joint naval operations in places like the South China Sea. In other words, stop being Australian.

There is a better alternative to the kowtowing of Australian sovereignty to Beijing in order to sell it the coal it will use to power its industry, build its military, and claim hegemony over Asians, Pacific-Islanders, Aussies, and Kiwis. Not to mention, pollute the world into catastrophic environmental decline.

Allies like the United States and Canada, instead of throwing Australia under China’s bus when it’s down and out, should support all their exporters, of whatever nationality, when they are sanctioned by Beijing.

The governments of the three countries, as well as other big allied exporters to China, like Japan, South Korea, Germany, Brazil, Vietnam, and Malaysia, should form a government-backed exporters’ confederation that guarantees the purchase of exports when those exports suffer due to sanctions from Beijing. This amounts to official insurance for exporters against the CCP’s trade tantrums. It could be self-funding through minor international levies imposed on exports to China in good times. This would be an international sellers cooperative to pressure Beijing into being a reasonable international citizen, rather than an aspirant to hegemony, at no cost to taxpayers.

Next time China sanctions Australia’s barley producers, for example, the export federation would work to find alternative markets at the same or greater price as China would have paid. Failing which, the federation would guarantee to buy the barley outright, or make the farmers whole.

Barley harvest
Barley harvest in Grenfell, New South Wales, Australia, on Nov 12, 2007. (Greg Wood/AFP via Getty Images)

This would remove a vector of Beijing’s influence on the governments of our democracies. No more would these barley producers be put in the unenviable position of needing to sinicize Australian government policies in order to ensure their barley sales.

Free the barley!

Anders Corr has a BA/MA in political science from Yale University (2001) and a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University (2008). He is the principal at Corr Analytics Inc., publisher of the Journal of Political Risk, and has conducted extensive research in North America, Europe, and Asia. He authored “The Concentration of Power” (forthcoming 2021) and “No Trespassing,” and edited “Great Powers, Grand Strategies.”

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Google Threatens to Remove Search Engine in Australia Over Proposed Law

Bravo! to Prime Minister Morrison. Don’t let Google tell you how to operate in your own country. If it applies to you, let me ask: Why are you still on gmail? You are giving Google information about everything you do, interact, say on that email platform. If you don’t think they are using that information, then I believe you are fooling only yourself. mrossol

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Trump Loss Bad for US and Australia

The Epoch Times – January 19, 2021
David Flint

David Flint, CONTRIBUTOR

The effort to impeach the U.S. President has grave consequences for Australia, as it will only empower China.

Whether President Trump is found guilty by the Senate of incitement to insurrection is almost as crucial to Australia as it is to the United States.

He is the first real obstacle to world domination by the sinister multibillionaires who control the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), responsible for the deaths of millions.

With little love for Australians or for that matter the ordinary Chinese people, especially Muslims, Uyghurs, Christians, Falun Gong, the free people of Hong Kong and indeed anyone who does not bend the knee to the Party, a world under their control will be a bleak place.

We Australians have long lived in a world in which a friendly and benign dominant power, first the UK and then the United States, has observed the rule of law and honored fundamental natural rights, prevailing over both Nazis and Soviets.

The problem is that the CCP has applied on a grand scale the realism once attributed to Lenin: “Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.”

The CCP has lured a greedy American establishment with the wealth that can be made in a country of almost 1.5 billion.

Appropriately then, the House impeachment hearing was worthy of a Stalinist show trial: no investigation and no evidence.

There was no evidence for the simple fact that there is none.

He had specifically called for his supporters to be peaceful. Had he called for the crowd to storm the Capitol, there would not have been a few hundred, there would have been tens of thousands—more than could fit in.

Moreover, the FBI warned the police the day before that a planned invasion was likely, which is consistent with emerging evidence that it was encouraged by some police inviting them in as well as by agents provocateurs. The violent behavior of a few was totally inconsistent with thousands—indeed millions—of supporters in every Trump rally.

Nor is Trump a fool.

An invasion would have blocked the very investigation he craved for, an investigation of the mountains of detailed, verified evidence of fraud some very respected lawyers had assembled, as well as of unconstitutional changes to electoral laws. He wasn’t going to risk that.

As to fraud, Australians with minimal experience in electioneering will understand the core of his case, that his lead only evaporated when scrutineers were tricked into leaving by a claim that counting had to be suspended in several states.

That no judge, including a Supreme Court majority, would actually hear these reflects badly on the independence and/or courage of the American judiciary.

Admittedly, there had been an eight-month reign of terror—looting, burning, torching and 30 deaths over eight months in Democrat-run cities, approved by the Democrats, and lavishly so by the Vice President elect.

So why do Democrats and RINOS (Republicans In Name Only) want a Senate conviction which requires the “concurrence of two-thirds of the Members present?”

If a trial is actually held, it will be when Trump is a private citizen and will thus be of doubtful constitutional validity.

The reason is the elites are terrified of Trump and his support base of over 75 million, so they want him disqualified from standing, and they want this as an example to anybody else who dares try to drain the corrupt Washington swamp. This is, after all, only a continuation of the long campaign to overthrow him through the fiction that he had colluded with the Russians, where they even lied to a special court to wiretap his campaign.

Trump is not one of those politicians who go to the Capitol and are soon multi-millionaires, Joe Biden being a classic example.

And unlike most politicians, Trump spoke in 2016 about real issues that concern rank-and-file Americans; out-of-control illegal immigration; globalism; loss of manufacturing jobs; low wages; going soft on Beijing’s breaches of international law; aggression and brutal breaches of human rights; the manipulation of international trade rules and the currency with the theft of intellectual property; the global warming dogma, which punishes the United States and advantages Communist China; energy dependence on the Middle East; endless wars; the extraordinarily generous deal with the U.S.-hating Iranian mullahs; freeloading allies; declining educational standards; the large number of African-Americans imprisoned for lengthy terms over relatively minor drug offences; and activist judges making the constitution mean what they want it to mean.

The unusual fact is he honored more of his promises than any president, respecting the limits on his office and federalism.

If he is disqualified, the elites will hope there is less chance of the swamp being drained.

The managed decline of the United States will be resumed and a CCP-dominated world more likely, if not inevitable. And Australia will surely suffer.

David Flint, A.M., is an Emeritus Professor of Law and served as chairman of the Australian Press Council and of the Australian Broadcasting Authority.

This article first appeared in The Daily Telegraph.

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