China - and the dangerous drift to war in Asia

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Two big China stories in the last few days, first up article & thread on the Chinese Internment Camps


Second, a Chinese Intelligence Agent has defected to Australia


The last defection was 2005 I think.
 
Both sensationalist and alarmist but, if you cut through that, indicative of pol/mil trends in China. Is the rest of the world in a position, individually and collectively, diplomatically, militarily and/or economically, to call China out, or are we looking at the real politick of the 21st C?

'China’s Chairman Xi Jinping has gone rogue. His agents have infiltrated the US and Australia. He’s unashamedly engineering his own people. His scientists are building clones and killer AI. What next?

'Things are not going how Mr Xi anticipated. He got his spectacular 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic parade through central Beijing. But his international standing is in free fall. He wants to prove he’s been making China great again. He wants to show he can reshape the world. He wants to push the US to the sidelines. And he won’t budge an inch on the multitude of crises afflicting his authoritarian rule.

“Our determination and resolve,” China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi declared, “are as firm as iron when it comes to defending our national interests and dignity on issues about Taiwan, maritime affairs, Xinjian, Tibet, Hong Kong as well as trade rifts. No one should expect China to swallow the bitter fruit that would damage our own interests.”


 
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(...) his international standing is in free fall. He wants to prove he’s been making China great again. He wants to show he can reshape the world. He wants to push the US to the sidelines. And he won’t budge an inch on the multitude of crises afflicting his authoritarian rule. (...)
But Mr Xi thinks he has it in hand. He’s casting aside all norms. International rules, regulations and restrictions are meaningless hurdles in his path. As a result, China appears on track to rapidly become the next rogue state.
So Xi is Trump-lite? MCGA (Make China Great Again)? I thought that was supposed to be a good thing, unless you were a "snowflake"?

Oh, and the spin the author puts on the gene edited baby story is at the hypersonic level. "The man behind China’s gene-edited baby outrage has vanished." Vanished? A reputable newspaper might have more accurately phrased that as "fired from his position in disgrace, tried in a court of law, and sentenced to three years in prison for conducting illegal research on humans". No doubt the author will excuse having left that bit out of his account by blaming the lizard people and the illuminati.
A year later, the man behind China’s gene-edited baby outrage has vanished.

Trained in the US, He Jiankui tinkered with genes associated with HIV-Aids resistance – and intelligence. Several modified babies have been born.

Perhaps the state-funded scientist’s worst offence was being caught. His story came to light as he sought to announce his breakthrough to an international gathering of his peers.

That hasn’t been the end of it.
 
So Xi is Trump-lite? MCGA (Make China Great Again)? I thought that was supposed to be a good thing, unless you were a "snowflake"?

Oh, and the spin the author puts on the gene edited baby story is at the hypersonic level. "The man behind China’s gene-edited baby outrage has vanished." Vanished? A reputable newspaper might have more accurately phrased that as "fired from his position in disgrace, tried in a court of law, and sentenced to three years in prison for conducting illegal research on humans". No doubt the author will excuse having left that bit out of his account by blaming the lizard people and the illuminati.
Never let the facts get in the way of a good 'journo conspiracy' theory!
 
Never let the facts get in the way of a good 'journo conspiracy' theory!
According to Mr Seidel, the facts are:

What’s all the point of such brutal new weaponry?

China is the world’s number-one guzzler of energy. And most of its oil and gas comes from the Middle East through narrow maritime chokepoints.

These can be closed off by a determined enemy.

Chairman Xi wants to control the Straits of Tiran on the Red Sea, the Malacca Strait of Singapore, the Karimata and Sunda Straits of Indonesia, the Taiwan Strait and the East China Sea.

That’s if his expensive diplomatic and economic Belt-and-Road initiative proves inadequate.
He seems to be asserting that their development of weapons to rival their potential opponents' is a bet-hedging in the event their main strategy of developing neighbouring nations' infrastructure fails. The reason he ascribes for them doing this is to prevent their opponents choking their resource supplies off should things go pear-shaped.

And that's apparently 'going rogue'?
 
According to Mr Seidel, the facts are:



He seems to be asserting that their development of weapons to rival their potential opponents' is a bet-hedging in the event their main strategy of developing neighbouring nations' infrastructure fails. The reason he ascribes for them doing this is to prevent their opponents choking their resource supplies off should things go pear-shaped.

And that's apparently 'going rogue'?
I don't know the Australian press that well, but I was under the impression that news.com.au was a tabloid of the most melodramatic sort.
 
I don't know the Australian press that well, but I was under the impression that news.com.au was a tabloid of the most melodramatic sort.
tldr; the largest circulated papers in OZ press are owned by Murdoch/ News corp., with a few indies here and there.

And the current gov't seems to be hell bent on cutting funding for the ABC News....just like the BBC news in the UK.
 
I don't know the Australian press that well, but I was under the impression that news.com.au was a tabloid of the most melodramatic sort.
Affirm. I only use it as a lazy gatherer site for wider articles. Which is why I provided the 'health warning' at the start of my post.
 
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