China have told us what they want, what they really, really want.
Ok, so I know I’ve gone on about China in recent weeks, but what they did last week was incredible, so I feel like I’ve got to comment on it.
And for my money, this is the most important thing going on for us right now, apart from Covid. It’s radically changing our diplomatic stance, it’s radically changing out economic structure.
Ok, so you know that there’s an escalating trade-war between us and China. China is putting tariffs and import bans on a bunch of products, in measures that have been called coercive diplomacy.
Well, last week, they issued their siege demands.
Not directly of course, but through a “leaked” document that somehow made its way from the Chinese embassy into the hands of the Australian media.
What the document showed was what China is angry about, and by implication, what needs to happen for relations between China and Australia to ‘normalise’ again.
If you haven’t seen it, take a look:
I get that they’re miffed about this stuff, and even if their version of events were right, what are they seriously expecting us to do?
“Unfriendly and antagonistic reports in the media”? Ok, so what? Shut down the media if it doesn’t print stuff the CCP likes?
What about up-start bloggers like me?
That’s how media works in China but it’s not how it works here, and hopefully, praying to the ghosts of the ANZACs, how it will ever work here.
China seriously seems to be suggesting the road forward is for Australia to:
- Muzzle the media;
- Muzzle the Parliament;
- Muzzle the diplomats
- Stop complaining about spies.
- Reinstall Huawei spyware, and
- Let the Chinese Communist Party buy whatever assets it wants.
And that’s not even getting to things like Covid, Hong Kong or the South China Sea. That’s just sticking to how we run things here in Australia.
Are you kidding?
For me, the most amazing, and perhaps scariest thing about this, is that China doesn’t feel any need to sugar-coat any of this.
Effectively it’s shut up and do what the CCP tells you.
(Actually no, the scariest thing about this is that we have Labor grey-beards out there saying we should consider it and get relations back to “normal”. Oh boy.)
That said, it’s relieving that it’s all out in the open now. It’s relieving that we don’t have to pretend, like we were a just few years ago, that there were no problematic consequences involved with selling the economy and democracy out to the CCP.
At least we all know where we stand now.