China - and the dangerous drift to war in Asia

That Youtube channel don't exactly look like a paragon of decent news to me. Those are their most popular videos in the last four months:

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You must be a CCP stooge.

How come we missed each other at the last meeting?
 
The ‘Fleet’ or to be more precise the Royal Navy carrier group is about to ‘go’/deploy to the S China Sea to emphasise to the Chinese the freedom of navigation.

That is where our ‘fleet' is heading. But then that’s probably news to you.:rolleyes:
 
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The ‘Fleet’ or to be more precise the Royal Navy carrier group is about to ‘go’/deploy to the S China Sea to emphasise to the Chinese the freedom of navigation.

That is where our ‘fleet' is heading.

Do you seriously think this is a credible source of news?

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Do you seriously think this is a credible source of news?
Not my best choice... however, that aside, do you think it is credible that China is reacting badly to demands for an inquiry on COVID?

Perhaps a more credible source.
 
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Speculation, but if it turns out to be accurate, a good example of China's military ambition, even in the face of a significant economic downturn with attendant impact on quality of life for its citizens.

'China, facing what it sees as increasing military pressure from the United States, is likely to shrug off the pall hanging over its economy from the novel coronavirus and increase its defence budget again this year.

'China’s military spending, due to be announced at the opening of the annual meeting of parliament on Friday, is closely watched as a barometer of how aggressively it will beef up its military capabilities. China set a 7.5% rise for the defence budget in 2019, outpacing what ended up as full-year gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 6.1% in the world’s second-largest economy.

'Its economy shrank 6.8% in the first quarter of 2020 from a year earlier, as the novel coronavirus spread from the central city of Wuhan where it emerged late last year, and the government has said economic conditions remain challenging.'


 

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Not my best choice... however, that aside, do you think it is credible that China is reacting badly to demands for an inquiry on COVID?
I think they're acting very badly.
 
As eyes are (mostly) drawn elsewhere, trouble seems to be brewing in Mordor:


A criminal offence to disrespect the Chinese National Anthem? How very egalitarian.
Where could they have got that idea from? Careful, you'll have Jonesy in here about 'taking the knee'!

'Since 1998, federal law (viz., the United States Code 36 U.S.C. § 301) states that during a rendition of the national anthem, when the flag is displayed, all present including those in uniform should stand at attention; ...'

 
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Interesting security features, if the reporter knows what he/she is on about. Though, to be fair, it's on eth continent of Africa, so not a bad idea.

'The Chinese Navy is building a massive base in Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, that looks very similar to the Great Wall of China, Forbes magazine reported.

'The magazine said the base, which has been built from scratch, is designed to be highly defendable on a scale rarely seen, even in war zones.

'China began building the base’s outer wall in early 2016 and completed it in the spring of 2017. Since then, construction of the base has been underway. Forbes said the base walls are made out of Hesco Style barriers with razor wire along the top. “Inside the Hesco wall is the main wall built out of concrete. It has crenelations, meaning the up-and-down style battlements familiar from medieval castles. There are also gun loops, which are holes to fire weapons through. And there are tall towers on the corners,” it added.'


 
Where could they have got that idea from? Careful, you'll have Jonesy in here about 'taking the knee'!

'Since 1998, federal law (viz., the United States Code 36 U.S.C. § 301) states that during a rendition of the national anthem, when the flag is displayed, all present including those in uniform should stand at attention; ...'

Minus the fact that you won’t be arrested here, just socially ostracized.
 
Don't anyone tell Resasi that it's not real.
This is real, the need for an investigation has now been supported by New Zealand, Indonesia, Japan, the UK, India, Canada, Russia, Mexico and Brazil, and, is to be put before the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday.

Along, of course, with the expected furious Chinese response.


Smart Carrot now in hiding?
 
Smart Carrot now in hiding?
I'm still reeling in awe at your ability to remain on the bleeding edge of things.

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There's just no getting the bleedin' obvious past you, is there?
 
Given the geography, does it really come as a surprise to anyone?

'The United States just lost a battle to save Taiwan from a Chinese invasion and it’s not the first time.

'A series of intensive war-games are revealing deep-set flaws in its fighting ability. It’s a nightmare, but apparently increasingly likely, scenario: Beijing making good on its threats to invade its island neighbour. It’s a sinister scenario the United States and its allies have become increasingly concerned about as China’s military expands and modernises at an extraordinary rate.

'Unnamed US defence sources reportedly told The Times that such a conflict was the scenario of a recent intensive war game session conducted by the Pentagon. The results, they say, were “eye-opening”. The scenarios were different and diverse. Some involved clashes in the South and East China Seas. One – the worst-case scenario – was an out-and-out war in 2030. The US reportedly came out second-best every time.

“Every simulation that has been conducted looking at the threat from China by 2030 have all ended up with the defeat of the US,” CSIS’ China Power Project director Bonnie Glaser told The Times. The war-games revealed that the US risked “capital losses” even under current circumstances.'


 
China’s actions against Australia a ‘punishment’ for calling for and supporting a global enquiry.





However Australia...and 62 other countries are standing firm. Answers are needed.
(Main points made at the beginning)
 
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China has changed regulations regarding the import of iron ore. Seems innocuous but could affect Oz badly.

Iron ore production in Australia is expected to grow slowly over the next 10 years as compared to the previous 10.
Fitch forecasts iron ore production in Australia to grow minimally over 2020-2029, averaging an annual 0.7% growth, compared with 8.7% growth over the previous 10-year period. This is due to mothballing of mines from junior miners, while major players will stick to their production growth targets to crowd out high cost producers.
Overall, global growth in iron ore consumption is expected to be slower in the coming decade than it has over the past couple.

This is going to be a problem for Australia, as iron ore is their biggest export, and most of it goes to China. Australia has been flush with cash recently on the back of iron ore and coal exports.

Given this environment, China don't have to stop importing iron ore from Australia. They just have to make life a bit more difficult for the miners so that Australia's competitors get what market growth there is.
 

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