be honest, abandon the double standards, the artificial speech-acts
that have blindsided reality for the sake of Australia's likeness and
dependence on China.
Think about it. If our own elected leaders are told they are not to
shake hands with the Dalai Lama because it will upset the Chinese State
Government... then I think the story ought to have started there.
As a nation we, as Australians have lied to our national selves, been
fickle with ourselves as a public, by using the idea that trade could
forever help resolve the pressing moral, political and personal
questions we have struggled with regarding a) China's role in the UNSC,
b) Chinas coercive international deals made under (so called)
soft-power loans and Development Aid. With comparative interest to the
absence of EBA. (‘Everything But Arms’ trade-aid related initiatives).
Pivotal, (need I say), that swapping 'Arms for Trade
' behind the scenes is not a soft power. Secondly, Trading Arms
for the right to legally (and illegally) exploit resources is as serious a the practice of super-trawl Fish has displaced the livelihood
of many subsistence global villagers
Land economic-grabs, including wherever Trading Arms for the use of the Land, Rare Earths
and Minerals are among a wealth of strategic resources
that by now has provided China the economic-political international
might and power to intimidate smaller emerging nations, as it pillages
their potential wealth at the cost of their own local income and jobs.
All the while claiming some expedient antic's that we recognise in the
1648 Westphalia Treaty or (Peace Westphalia Treaty
) as some have us say.
The truth is China has played the world (big and small) at its own
economic and political game. We oversight the parts we want to believe
and disregard the rest
. Optics, where are the rules, really?
I believe it is time to join the dots Australia. Our identity as a
middle power in the Asian Pacific has never been more important.
Additionally, it is critical we acknowledge the power and plunder China
displays in Africa. I believe it essential to put our eyes back on the
The question being; What does this kind of exploitable future mean for younger generations across the entire globe?
Do we choose to disregard what we can see and know is occurring in broad daylight?
While Australia, as a developed nation carries-on with words of war, we
miss the point. Our self-identity erodes at the cost of a visualised
absolute truth. A recognition of an opportunity. The opportunity to
become the nation we seek to be. A manufacturing nation, an
authentically trustful nation. Thirdly, a smart economic diverse
The fact that China states now that it 'indefinitely suspenses all
activities under the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue', is a
perquisite toward a clean-up within an international and domestic
truth. Admit that Australia has been fanciful about 'how it can
chew-gum and walk' at the same time in prolonged reference to
friendships, partnerships and or alliance... That our own degree of
soft authentic power wanes.
Admit Australia, as we see, by allowing China to come clean first,
China got to spell out the capricious substance of past peripheral
rhetorics that actually now abstract the nature of failed international
diplomacies, exposing for a present, an observed sequence of
encapsulated actions, events and motives with an historical context
that has led us, as all Australians, to this point.
The test here is to acknowledge “The Folly of Fools,” and make sure
that the memory we choose to address has not the power to further trick
us. As I said above, it is time Australia to join the dots. Be it
Myanmar, Hong Kong or Taiwan we can't ignore Africa and what is going
on within the UNSC. If history is our past, we have good reference to
help us reshape this change we are all experiencing for the future. My
links below are but a brief snippet that underwrites oh but a taste of
what I know we are up against. Remember Bob Hawks tears at the sight of
the Tiananmen Square Massacre. We all knew those tears and the depth of
what they meant and why they were shed.
Tiananmen Square Massacre
Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong sentenced over Tiananmen Square vigil
Australia's Taiwanese community rally behind WHO push, a move that has as much to do with politics as public health
South China Sea
Beijing suspends China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue
The Peace of Westphalia and it Affects on International Relations, Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
by Steven Patton
Preferential Market Access – European Union Everything But Arms Initiative
Human rights impact assessment of the EU Everything But Arms initiative in Cambodia – includes EU response
Chinese Arms Sales in Africa
- Andrew Hull and David Markov
China’s arms trade: a rival for global influence
Africa-China’s debt diplomacy
China's Debt-trap diplomacy
Are Chinese infrastructure loans putting Africa on the debt-trap express
? - South China Morning Post (2019)
China-Africa Relations Democracy and Delivery
Is China's fishing fleet taking all of West Africa's fish
? - BBC News
Gambians torch Chinese fishmeal plant
Chinese Fishmeal Plants leave many Gambians at Sea
The Future of Rare Earth Elements in Africa in the Midst of a Debt Crisis
Rare Earths: Africa, an alternative to China?
Why China's control of rare earths matters
China’s Arms Sales Philosophy in the Arab World
- Columbia SIPA Journal of International Relations
Cambodia to move closer to China as EU suspended EBA
TRENDS IN INTERNATIONAL ARMS TRANSFERS, 2020
- SIPRI Fact Sheet
The China - Africa Relationship is increasingly critized across the continent
Why China Will be the Big Winner of the 2020 Crisis
The 2021 Fragile 15: Upheavals in a time of COVID