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Over recent years, it has seemed that China has been entrenching strategic bases in increasingly far flung areas.

I am not an expert in these matters, nor am I a conspiracy theorist, so I am merely drawing possibly erroneous conclusions from observation, and I leave it to you to judge.

The Belt and Road initiative, building on the Silk Road concept, has provided China with a base in many countries, and even countries like Australia, which did not sign up, has had significant Chinese investment in strategic areas.

Darwin leased its Port on a long-term basis to Landbridge. One has to wonder why this was desired by China, because it is patently obvious that business and government in China are firmly entwined. There has to be some plan in the Chinese government’s mind which makes this arrangement of strategic interest.

After it was obvious that Chinese nationals in Australia were sending copious supplies of baby formula back home, if my memory serves me correctly, a Chinese-based firm bought out a significant part of our dairy industry. Remember the contaminated baby formula scandal in China a few years back?

Other large agricultural interests in WA and Queensland have also fallen into Chinese hands and in Queensland, the level of water usage has been damaging to local interests.

Nothing China does, it seems to me, is done in the interests of anything other than China. Reciprocal endeavours would always be weighted heavily in their favour.

Now it seems that our government’s fawning interest in trade with China has caused them to completely take their eye off the ball.

Why are our hospitals now pitifully short of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)?

Because our supplies have been diverted to China.

And this report refers to an earlier incident, so there has been, it appears, a massive transfer of vital resources under the government’s nose.!

We are already querying our government’s competence in not using the experience of China’s handling of the Covid-19 virus pandemic – going in hard – to ensure our own economic impact is as brief as possible.

We now need to query how our regulatory procedures could allow vital equipment to be in short supply here because China was shuffling it, unhindered, out of the country.

Trading with China and, in fact, dependence on trade with China, appears to be a fool’s game, because philanthropy is an unknown quantity in the Chinese government’s lexicon!

With Parliament closed down, this is an issue which cannot be publicly discussed in Question Time to alert the country to yet another serious government failure.

No wonder they are in hiding, as anyone with internet access can research these issues, but the Opposition Leader is not in the National Cabinet to keep the bastards honest!

I end as always – this is my 2020 New Year Resolution:

“I will do everything in my power to enable Australia to be restored to responsible government.”

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  1. John PINK

    If you want to restore Australia back to responsible government look at the web-site – https://BENEFITSofMentalillness.com – and wonder why we have a Mental Health System that is not as good as Third World Countries.

    If you want to do something about it send me an E-mail – pinkii@aapt.net.au.

  2. RomeoCharlie29

    Once upon a time you looked at a cheap article’s place of manufacture to find the word “Japan”. In recent years our retail sector has been dominated by goods made in China. Concurrently our own manufacturing base has been contracting ( our workers are too expensive, right?). But we know, either directly or intuitively, that the reason Chinese goods are cheap is because they either use slave Labour (Uigers, Tibetans, prisoners) or pay poor wages. Now the Chinese are telling the world they have controlled the virus and their manufacturers are cranking up to again flood the world with cheap (often unnecessary) products. The appalling disgrace of allowing our own much needed medical supplies to be sent to China should not be compounded by an open door for Chinese goods. Time for us, when this is over, to boost our own production. The products might even be better quality.

  3. whatever

    What is the purpose of this flakey 1950’s racist outburst?

  4. James O'Neill

    This is an appalling article full of half facts and spurious assumptions, not to mention a ship load of ignorance.
    The author might like to reflect on the fact that the US is the biggest foreign investor in Australia and the extent to which Australia is little more than a colony of the US.
    Her ignorance of what China is actually doing with the BRI is exceeded only by her manifest prejudices. Shame on AIM for publishing such unmitigated rubbish.

  5. New England Cocky

    “the Opposition Leader is not in the National Cabinet to keep the bastards honest!” and that is why we have the first democratically elected Fascist Liarbral Nazional$ COALition misgovernment in Australian history under the pseudonym of “the National Cabinet”.

    There is nothing “national” about it; merely a group of like minded, allegedly Christian inspired, self-serving politicians lining their personal pecuniary interests with everything that is not nailed down. There are no Labor or Greens or Independents as part of “the National Cabinet”, unlike the multi-party cabinets of 1939 to 1945 during WWII. Just self-serving COALition politicians with a penchant for fawning to any multinational corporations and the NE military industrial complex of the USA (United States of Apartheid).

    “Restore Australia to responsible government”is a wonderful ambition but there will be a lot of wrote convince the bogans that they are being financially screwed by the politicians and their undeserving wealthy and corporate mates.

  6. Jack Cade


    What you say about China is probably true. But the USA uses prison inmates to manufacture goods, for no or derisory monetary reward. Is that acceptable to you? The UN Charter apparently forbids it, but who gives a shit about the UN? Certainly not Uncle Sam.
    China is absolutely surrounded by US bases, and the US patrols China’s borders wherever it can. As far as I know, China has no bases world-wide; Uncle Sam has about 800. The Belt Road will bring prosperity to the countries it crosses, but US bases probably don’t bring too much prosperity to the people in the countries that entertain them. The Marshall Islands can attest to that.
    If China sent a war fleet to play wargames or patrol the seas around Cuba or Venezuela, or even Mexico – a sovereign country – Uncle Sam would soil his undies.
    Much of the world now looks askance at the USA, including the Philippines, whose otherwise unpleasant (although still wildly popular) president has said it is his dream to drag his nation out of the US sphere of influence. it wouldn’t hurt Australia to have the same aim.
    The idea that we are under the US defence umbrella is ludicrous. The US just sees us as a lackey. Nobody will invade us anyway – we sell what they might want already, usually at far below market value.

  7. RosemaryJ36

    Whatever: What you see as racist I see as realist.

  8. RosemaryJ36

    James O’Neill: I claimed no expertise and am waiting to hear where my errors lie.

  9. Jack sprat

    Wow are you saying that china is becoming imperialistic like the USA ,UK and Australia . Are they now forming foreign policies that only favor themselves, just like the Anglo powers do ? Gee they learn quickly after suffering defeat and humiliation after previous trade wars (opium wars ,boxer rebellion) in which they lost sovereignty of their country . We in the west should be impressed as imitation is the highest form of flattery .China’s military spending still only a fraction of that of US.

  10. Matters Not

    Yes selling out to China is a problem in the same category as selling our (however that’s defined) many and varied resources to a whole host of multi-nationals which operate loosely (and only sometimes) under the heading of a particular Nation. Take Booking.com owned by Booking Holdings Inc. as an example. It

    owns and operates several travel fare aggregators and travel fare metasearch engines including namesake and flagship Booking.com, Priceline.com, Agoda.com, Kayak.com, Cheapflights, Rentalcars.com, Momondo, and OpenTable. It operates websites in about 40 languages and 200 countries. In 2017, 89% of its gross profit was made outside the United States – most of which used Booking.com.

    Doesn’t pay virtually any tax in Australia (and therefore competes unfairly against those which do) with its headquarters in Amsterdam, Netherlands where it has special economic ‘arrangements’. While I used it all the time when travelling internationally and still do domestically when negotiating with local operators, are we similarly outraged that the Australian government has also taken its eye of the ball? Or should we just focus on the Chinese who are more easily demonised – and identified. What with their …

    Should mention that the dollars aggregated eventually end up in the pockets of US citizens.

    As for China

  11. RosemaryJ36

    We use the word ‘racist’ too liberally. To dislike the policies of another country is no more racist than to dislike the policies of the Australian Coalition government!
    I think we have spent too much time looking after the economy at the expense of looking after people.
    If trade with China boosts our economy but requires us to ignore what is happening to the Uighurs, then I know which way I want to go.
    If we are allowing Chinese owned businesses in Australia to export vital supplies to China to the detriment of our health services, then I oppose that decision.

  12. Matters Not

    RosemaryJ36 – what would you say to Nations who won’t trade with Australia because of the way we treat Aborigines and refugees? Or because there is no carbon tax? Or because … take your pick? Australia is the Deputy of the US in the Pacific? Or invaded Vietnam? Or teaches anti-Chinese propaganda in its Universities? Or won’t all 5G access for …

  13. Ill fares the land

    What sounds like a racist or xenophobic rant is underpinned by fact – Kate McClymont has published an article on this issue and the shipment of 80 tonnes of medical supplies from Australia to China – and not via any formal channel. No-one did anything that is or was illegal, but Chinese living in Australia often do not have any allegiance towards Australia. It would be easy to get caught up in anti-China sentiment, but the reality is that China does act in its own interests and it is well on its way to at least joining the US as a “global thug”. China is perhaps way more surreptitious and duplicitous, whereas the US history is to have democratically elected leaders tossed out of office, often as a result of violent coups, but China’s goals are to quietly increase its power and influence. We have long ago passed the point where China takes notice of any pushback, so in effect, it does what it wants. We need to be much more alert to the fact that we are being progressively colonised by China and whilst that is fine up to a point, we should recognise that Chinese have very different cultural and business values. Their values are not necessarily incompatible with ours, but I have had significant commercial dealings with many Chinese and while they are generally OK, many will cheat and connive if it suits their commercial goals and when it comes to compliance with laws, it is seen as optional. Not that one shouldn’t deal with Chinese in business, but you are a fool if you are not alert to the risks and what they will or might demand of you – you have to be prepared to invite them to bugger off if they are trying to cross the line, but commercial interests often prevail. “Giving in” to them is a sign of weakness and once you do that, they will walk all over you. The ascension of Gladys Liu into the Australian Parliament is, on the one hand, important so that Chinese Australians have a voice in the Parliament (although our indigenous people don’t and the Uluru Statement was rejected by those who thought that it was a demand for a parliamentary “voice”), but it is the “thin edge of the wedge” because the aim is not merely a voice, it is influence. Morrison excoriated Shanghai Sam, but endorsed Gladys Liu who publicly told a lie rather than admit to fault. Nice little piece of political hypocrisy there.

  14. Joseph Carli

    ” . . . What you see as racist I see as realist.”……….The “empire” strikes back ?…..Let us all close our eyes and think of England.

  15. mark delmege

    You know, I hope, that other countries (ie govt owned enterprises) lease port facilities in Australia. Just say’n.

  16. Joseph Carli

    What’s this “loyal to Australia” bullshit?…..since when have the banks, mining, media and energy moguls been loyal to Oz?…Murdoch, who was born, raised and given all the trappings of wealth in this country then went Yankee and betrayed us to his foreign corp’…along with those so-called “loyalists” in the LNP…when they destroyed vital NBN infrastructure and anything that resembled social policy that benefitted the nation….and then we have that arch villian and betrayal by The Crown and their representative in the Whitlam dismissal….it goes on and on with a disloyal upper middle-class scooping the pool of all the Australian sovereign wealth and commodities they can get their hands on!
    And how many 10 pound poms took advantage of the offer and then pissed off straight back to Bognor Regis when they had the chance?…Nah!…about the only ones who are loyal to this country, are those who sing the songs and quote the poetry of the country..be it in any franca lingua or strine….you gotta stand back and have a good, solid butchers at the country before you learn to love it…warts and all.
    To borrow from Muhammad Ali…: I’ve never had any “slope” or “chink” call ME ; “Dago”!

  17. Kate Ahearne

    Rosemay. Whatever the rationale for this article might be, surely the timing is off. You may have had no racist intentions yourself, but you’ve fed the racism of others. Your article reminds me of Donald Trump referring to Covid-19 as ‘the Chinese virus’ or ‘the Wuhan virus’, which he justifies by pointing out that the virus did begin in China. The fact that his insistence on using these terms gives permission to the racism/xenophobia of a great many other people, inflaming racist/xenophobic hatred, doesn’t matter to him at all.

  18. Harry Lime

    Morrison Hypocritical? Get out.Meanwhile, on the home front, it’s looking more like Morrison will have to be blasted out of office if his unscrutinised actions are allowed to go on unchallenged.We don’t need a “nice” opposition, we need one with balls to stand up to the monstrous tripe served up to us daily.This latest disaster is just more cover for an incompetent, unmitigated liar and dickhead.

    Re Dutton,from the worst health minister to the original and worst ever minister for border Farce,never to be topped.Hands up all those dills that voted for this abomination.

  19. RosemaryJ36

    Kate – My concern is that our doctors and medical staff are put at risk because we have a government which is so blind to events elsewhere that it fails to see which way the wind is blowing – ie we would almost certainly be involved in the pandemic from the moment it became a public issue in China – while at the same time it is so opposed to regulations that it has been blind to the exporting of vital supplies of PPE which we should have been stockpiling in expectation of need.
    Perhaps I should have stressed that more.
    Living as I do in Darwin where there have been Chinese people like forever, as well as just about every other nation under the sun, with little or no friction over culture, colour or religion, I certainly failed to appreciate the level of racism which others express or experience.
    I admire the speed with which the Chinese government dealt with the crisis and I deplore the vacillation of our own government in failing to support the health and well-being of Australian citizens who are experiencing not only the risk of infection but the certainty of lengthy unemployment..

  20. Matters Not


    is underpinned by fact

    Sure is! Which demonstrates that while ‘facts’ are necessary in any discussion they are not sufficient in themselves. Insightful arguments et al must go beyond facts (which are a dime a dozen and almost infinite in number.)

    As any historian will tell you – it’s the selection of facts (and the non-selection of others), the relative weight given, the order presented etc that determines the worth of any argument. Just sayin …

    Then again one can’t be held accountable for the ‘meanings’ any ‘other’ will give. Therefore how shall we be judged? By our ‘intentions’? Or by the ‘outcomes’? And how does one reliably determine ‘intentions’?

  21. Kate Ahearne

    Further to my concerns as mentioned earlier, here is a glaring example of what I’m concerned about.
    It is a post that was forwarded overnight to a Facebook group that I belong to:

    Locky Horn
    March 25 at 10:30 PM ·
    The corona Virus travelled entire world from Wuhan but it did not reach Beijing and Shanghai… can anybody put light?

    Looks So Logical….After all Chinese Stock Market didn’t crash….American and European Markets did….

    Destroy other markets and be ready to capture them in every way

    How to dominate the world quickly?


    Create a virus and the antidote.
    Spread the virus.
    A demonstration of efficiency, building hospitals in a few days. After all, you were already prepared, with the projects, ordering the equipment, hiring the labor, the water and sewage network, the prefabricated building materials and stocked in an impressive volume.
    Cause chaos in the world, starting with Europe.
    Quickly plaster the economy of dozens of countries.
    Stop production lines in factories in other countries.
    Cause stock markets to fall and buy companies at a bargain price.
    Quickly control the epidemic in your country. After all, you were already prepared.
    Lower the price of commodities, including the price of oil you buy on a large scale.
    Get back to producing quickly while the world is at a standstill. Buy what you negotiated cheaply in the crisis and sell more expensive what is lacking in countries that have paralyzed their industries.

    PS: Pl read the book by Chinese colonels Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui, from 1999, “Unrestricted Warfare: China’s master plan to destroy America”, on Amazon. It’s all there.

    Worth pondering..
    Just Think about this…

    China will say that their drastic initial measures they took was very stern and Wuhan was locked down to contain the spread to other areas. I am sure they are using the Anti dode of the virus.

    Why Beijing was not hit? Why only Wuhan? Kind of interesting to ponder upon.. right? Well ..Wuhan is open for business now. America and all the above mentioned countries are devastated financially. Soon American economy will collapse as planned by China. China knows it CANNOT defeat America militarily as USA is at present

    THE MOST POWERFUL country in the world. So use the virus…to cripple the economy and paralyse the nation and its Defense capabilities. I’m sure Nancy Pelosi got a part in this. . to topple Trump. Lately President Trump was always telling of how GREAT American economy was improving in all fronts. The only way to destroy his vision of making AMERICA GREAT AGAIN is to create an economic havoc. Nancy Pelosi was unable to bring down Trump thru impeachment. ….so work along with China to destroy Trump by releasing a virus. Wuhan,s epidemic was a showcase. At the peak of the virus epidemic. ..

    China’s President Xi Jinping…just wore a simple RM1 facemask to visit those effected areas. As President he should be covered from head to toe…..but it was not the case. He was already injected to resist any harm from the virus….that means a cure was already in place before the virus was released.

    Some may ask….Bill Gates already predicted the outbreak in 2015…so the chinese agenda cannot be true. The answer is. ..YES…Bill Gates did predict. .but that prediction is based on a genuine virus outbreak. Now China is also telling that the virus was predicted well in advance. ….so that its agenda would play along well to match that prediction. China,s vision is to control the World economy by buying up stocks now from countries facing the brink of severe ECONOMIC COLLAPSE. Later China will announce that their Medical Researchers have found a cure to destroy the virus. Now China have other countries stocks in their arsenal and these countries will soon be slave to their master…CHINA.

    Just Think about it …’

    The Doctor Who declared this virus was also Silenced by the Chinese Authorities…
    59KOxford Laura, Meg Birley and 59K others

  22. Jack Cade

    Harry Lime

    Almost all of the cabinet and many of the LNP members of the government have committed ‘crimes’ that under the Whitlam, Hawke and Keating governments would have seen them forced to resign.
    The lack of integrity, of honour, is entirely absent – from the top of the government down to the meanest MP (‘meanest is an entirely appropriate adjective with these people).

  23. Phil Pryor

    What a great day without footy and races, but with wierd China and viruses and usa imperialism rumours, blasts, challenges, gossip, assertions. Something for research and investigation, but not now, while the heat of passion and imagination and guess is on…

  24. RosemaryJ36

    MN – I would have every sympathy with them.
    RomeoCharlie29 – I totally agree

    As a dual citizen, I am not proud of the way in which my first country, Britain,colonised the world, subdued the people in the lands it took over and later, as part of a consortium of nations, redrew boundaries of countries in the Middle East, having also done so in the Far East (see how Empire lives on in the language of the colonisers) and Africa, separating and mixing tribes and laying the foundations for later violence and unrest. I an not proud of Australia in the way it treats its First Nations and desperate refugees. I think battles for dominance, over space and trade, are to be deplored and there are times when I genuinely feel that this planet would be so much better off without its greatest predator – mankind.
    And then I think of some of our great creations, in architecture, the arts and music and just wish we could learn to respect beauty more and abhor the lust for power which drives hate and disunity.
    We will never be perfect but we can be a hell of a lot better.

  25. Matters Not

    RosemaryJ36 – there’s no easy answers when it comes to what was originally labelled – One Belt One Road (OBOR). Indeed, there’s the bigger problem of defining exactly what the problem(s) might be (or not).

    Been to a few of the Nations affected (and also effected in many good and bad ways) and it depends on how one conceptualises those ‘developments’. Certainly, the Chinese are motivated by ‘self-interest’ but whether that can also be described as enlightened self-interest – defined as:

    Enlightened self-interest is a philosophy in ethics which states that persons who act to further the interests of others (or the interests of the group or groups to which they belong), ultimately serve their own self-interest

    might only be properly judged in hindsight. Even then it will probably be a matter on on-going debate.

    PS, it might be argued that Britain at least left a ‘legacy’ when compared to other ‘colonisers’ such as Belgium etc.

  26. Kaye Lee

    As we all place ourselves in some form of isolation, I am keeping in touch with family and friends – phone calls, texts, emails. It’s so hard not seeing each other and hugging.

    I am also finding that there is a lot of misunderstanding of what each other are saying, and that is with people who have known each other for a lifetime.

    We are all concerned, and we all need to be gentle with each other. I am guilty of not always responding well. We need to forgive each other during this time. It’s f#cking stressful. Rosemary is NOT racist OR ignorant.

  27. Kaye Lee


    I have a young friend in Queensland who didn’t receive her postal vote. She has a young baby. I told her I would pay her fine. DON’T GO.

  28. Matters Not

    KL, not really worried about any fine – indeed I would welcome any attempt to impose same. (What an unrivalled opportunity to have an ethical debate in the local media. Why it might even keep me kicking for a little longer.)

    What I am mainly concerned about are the structural obstacles in place that prevent or at least discourage nominal democratic participation (even every three years). After all, this is not the United States where democratic participation is at a premium.

  29. Kaye Lee

    My son and his partner have come home to get out of Sydney. They are both able to work from home at least for now. I couldn’t help myself. I needed a hug. We are facing weird times when you must wash before and after hugging your own child.

  30. Joseph Carli

    All this talk about a “Chinese Empire”….one would trust such a thing would be recogniosed by the wise in any rising economic power that such things are a dream of past eras…for unless one’s border is shared with another nation, there is little to no hope of securing a permanent colony in an over-seas/over-air location no matter how big the army…history shows the practicalities of such enterprises are beyond both administration and military capabilities of any nation.

    Besides. I see the “One belt, one road” initiative NOT as a empire building project, NOR as a economic domination project, but rather as a social initiative to give security and a sense of future cooperation to those many smaller communities on the fringes of the Pacific and Asia Proper.

    After all, while the “road” may start in Beijing, it can be joined with at any number of locations along its length…from the Indian side to the Russian side…one need not deal direct with the Chinese govt’…and the socialising that will give opportunity for is immesurable…better…MUCH better that the current haphazard free-market system we have now that precludes so many struggling smaller nations.

    Rather than suspect or judge the Chinese govt’s intentions on the actions of a current crop of speculators and capitalists that surely will in a time to come have had their day…I would rather think there is a grander plan to bring more secure food/produce production to our area of the globe in a time of growing population and environmental uncertainty.

  31. Joseph Carli

    Allan…are you the eponymous “K”….in Kafka’s ; “The Trial”?

    Oops!..he’s gone!

  32. Allan K

    Hi Joe, haven’t read Kafka so don’t know. Re ‘gone!’, what happened to the last post I dropped in here? Maybe a site glitch or maybe AI don’t like anything revealing of the plan. It wouldn’t be the first time I was shadow-banned, which is a good thing, it proves I’m on the right track. Will repost when I find where I saved it. Eponymous has a nice ring to it. Can I say covid19 is eponymous?

  33. Allan K

    Found it, have removed a couple of words AI takes offence to:
    Thanks for this article Rosemary, and Kate Ahern, that logic fits. China is our future unless enough people wake up. The ideas of internet censorship using the surveillance capacity of the IoT (specifically 5G) to identify and lockup enemies of the narrative, the push to entrench slavish working conditions for the masses, the locking up of minorities in ‘re-education camps’ because they practice a faith other than jack-boot communism, etc, is not a future I want to support.
    Our so-called ‘democracy’ is a smoke screen, our mummy and daddy politicians are supposed to represent us and ensure the functioning of a stable economy, well, how’s that working out for us? The opportunity to deal with this virus outbreak (by channelling resources into protecting the most vulnerable sections of the community and ring-fencing them to the utmost degree) has passed and instead our PM & Ministers have decided to play into the hand of the 1% and throw the whole economy under the bus. What we are witnessing is the creative destruction of the economy & our liberties.
    The communal panic over covid19 shows me just how deep-seated is the fear of death. This is a function of shallow thought and it looks like very few people have contemplated to any great depth the question ‘what is death’ and as a consequence they live in fear of it. I’m not saying ignore warnings nor practice good hygiene, but how easy the masses have folded, lapping up the media’s fear-laden analysis.
    I used to watch Aussies on the football field and think what a tough bunch we are in general. Now the average person is scared of catching a cold and is willing to believe and accept anything the manipulative media tells them. Who wants to be a future slave to a system you would never want all for the cost of doing a little more research? No-one in their right mind wants that, but
    Author Patrick Wood (Technocracy) outlines how the Western elite since 1974 have planned the demolition of the West, its economies, its lifestyles, its values.
    Website: https://www.technocracy.news/
    We are being led down a path of ‘sustainable development’ intended “to take control of all resources, all production and all consumption on planet earth, leaving all of its inhabitants to be micro-managed by a Scientific Dictatorship. . . Those elite who hate the bedrock of American liberty and its time-tested Constitution have pulled out all the stops to destroy both, and it’s time for citizens to stand up to reject them.” ( https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42892479-technocracy )
    As a footnote, I doubt if the Chinese President needed a vaccine protection, he looks too healthy. The virus seems to be mainly effecting people who are auto-immune compromised.

  34. Joseph Carli

    ” Hi Joe, haven’t read Kafka . . . “……Ah!..Then , Allan…your education on the matters you write so confidently about is incomplete….your opinion is compromised.

  35. Matters Not


    used to watch Aussies on the football field and think what a tough bunch we are in general

    What an extraordinary extrapolation from a rather dubious starting point and now you’ve fallen under the sway of one Patrick Wood who:

    maintains a Biblical world view and has deep historical insights into the modern attacks on sovereignty, property rights and personal freedom. … epitomized by the implementation of U.N. policies such as Agenda 21, Sustainable Development, Smart Growth and in education …

    Allan K, methinks both your initial reflections as cited and your claimed ‘progress’ to date are somewhat problematic.

  36. MikeW

    I don’t see anything racist in what Rosemary wrote just facts.

    As for the those people who think the Chinese aren’t taking over the country, here’s just a few things to think about:

    I’m sitting here in my home office typing on a keyboard made in China, the screen I am looking at made in China,
    speakers, laser printer, colour printer, home phone, mobile phone, modem, main computer and external hard drive all made in China.

    Oh and by the way the shoes, shorts, undies, T shirt and jumper I am wearing are all made in…. sorry no prizes for guessing.

    And that is just in the office, I’m sure if I had a good look I could find a lot more.

    At least my car is made in Japan.

  37. Matters Not

    MikeW re your phone being made in China. Are you sure or are you just looking at what’s stamped on the case?Consider the Apple I phone and its production..

    China, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia are the main countries that participate in the manufacture of the iPhone. While several Asian countries assemble the iPhone, the phone is mostly assembled in China.

    Check out the production of Aldi razors. The cutting blades are from Germany, the plastic casings are from China while the whole box and dice is packed in Mexico. It’s why Trump’s tariffs are an international joke. Because so many things are manufactured in so many different locations, assembled in so many others and then packed and repacked elsewhere, it’s very difficult to keep track.

    Have one son who is involved in tap ware and other plumbing supplies which are sourced from various manufacturers and assemblers in China (many in Hubei Province including Wuhan – the reputed source of this virus) involving complex ‘partnership’ arrangements (seemingly with lots of mistrust and double dealings on all sides).

    Increasingly the Chinese producers are shifting their operations to Vietnam and other Asian locations because the cost of labour in China is rising too rapidly. So in the near future you will be relieved to know that instead of the Made in China stamp it will bear the Made in Vietnam label. Presumably, you will then rest easy.

    Perhaps you might read the article linked to March 27, 2020 at 5:56 pm which outlines the complex possibilities, intentions, motivations and the like of OBOR.

  38. MikeW

    Matters Not, even my lantern pendulum clock ticking away hanging on my office wall is made in China….

    I could go on and on, I am at a loss to find anything made in Australia.

    I bought some JBL stereo speakers many years ago, thought they were made in America, great speakers, tiny little sticker, Made in Mexico.

    Only thing I can find made in Australia is some food produce, guess who is buying up these farms?

  39. ajogrady

    MikeW :Only thing I can find made in Australia is some food produce, guess who is buying up these farms?
    Guess who is selling those farms at a healthy price? Australians!

  40. Matters Not

    Worth remembering that Australian politicians (and their constituents) have a short-term focus, with eyes fixed firmly on the next election. Thus the emphasis is on the tactical rather than the strategic. Same with the United States.

    When you think about President Trump, he thinks in terms of tweets. The President of China thinks in terms of centuries.’


  41. Lisa C

    Allan K, I love the word ‘sustainable’.
    Please don’t tar a good word with a bad brush, or we’ll be left with no words to speak.

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