IS CHINA OUR FRIEND OR FOE? 

 1 VOTERS OPINION  on AUSTRALIAN POLITICS

 The Chinese Invasion By Stealth 

CHINA - Friend or Foe?   pg 2 of 3 

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AUSTRALIA IS VULNERABLE:

CHINA AND THE PACIFIC - DEFENSE & SECURITY

CHINA'S FIRST OVERSEAS MILITARY BASE IN DJIBOUTI LIKELY TO BE A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME

Lowy Institute - David Brewster  2 December 2015

Quote” On 26 November, China confirmed it was in talks with Djibouti to construct its first overseas military base. This represents a major symbolic and practical step in China's emergence as a global military power. “ End quote

LOWY INSTITUTE

Quote"China has long been a claimant to disputed maritime territories in the South China Sea. More recently, it has undertaken a number of activities of concern to its neighbours, as well as the United States and its allies, such as Australia. It has used its coastguard to more actively police its claims in the region; it placed an oil rig in contested waters in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone; and it has undertaken massive land building, reclamation, and construction work on various islands in the region, including building several airstrips long enough to accommodate Chinese military aircraft. “End quote

 

CHINESE POLITICAL DONATIONS , ASIO WARNING

The Age December 3, 2017 - Latika Bourke

Quote”Labor leader Bill Shorten visited Huang Xiangmo at his Sydney mansion in March 2016, to secure political donations several months after Labor officials were warned the controversial business figure was of interest to ASIO over links to the Chinese government.

The visit was well after a 2015 briefing during which representatives of the three major parties - including the then ALP national secretary George Wright - were warned by ASIO of Chinese interference in Australian politics via massive cash donations. Mr Shorten was not personally briefed by ASIO until late 2016 - after his visit to the property.

During the briefings, ASIO director-general Duncan Lewis told party officials the agency was concerned about Mr Huang's opaque ties to the Chinese Communist Party.

Mr Turnbull has been pictured at an event with Mr Huang well after the first ASIO warnings to party officials in 2015.

Since the 2015 ASIO briefing, Labor has accepted $141,000 in donations from Huang-related companies and associates. In that time, the Liberal Party accepted $122,960 and the Nationals $15,000. “End Quote

 

BILL SHORTEN ORDERS LABOR TO REJECT DONATIONS FROM CHINESE BENEFACTORS

Australian Financial Revew -Andrew Tillett Jun 6, 2017

Quote” Bill Shorten stood by NSW Senator Sam Dastyari over fresh revelations by Fairfax Media and the ABC's Four Corners program on Chinese influence,

Malcolm Turnbull said he took threats to Australia's sovereignty seriously.

ASIO has warned Mr Turnbull, Mr Shorten and the chiefs of the Labor, Liberal and National parties not to accept donations from property developers Huang Xiangmo and Chau Chak Wing.

Other revelations include that Mr Huang tried to leverage a $400,000 donation to Labor to get the party to adopt a more pro-Beijing stance on the South China Sea, while Senator Dastyari repeatedly lobbied the Immigration Department over Mr Huang's application for Australian citizenship.

Former Liberal trade minister Andrew Robb, who took a $880,000 a year job with another Chinese developer, Ye Cheng, after retiring from Parliament last year. “End Quote (see Port of Darwin)

CHINESE POPULATION IN AUSTRALIA

1 VOTER- COMMENT6- It would be remis to discuss the influence of China on Australia without looking at the size of the Chinese  populationin Australia. In terms of pure numbers and their probable influence on Australian politics and future direction. Are we already at a critical mass?

Australian Bureau of Statistics - 16 February 2018

526,040 Australian residents born in China (up from 387,420 over the previous five years.)

Australia is home to more than 1.2 million people of Chinese ancestry.

 

Of these, two in five (41 per cent) were born in China, with Australia the second most common country of birth (25 per cent)

Half of Australian residents born in China arrived here since 2008.

Sydney - two out of every five Australian residents born in China (44 per cent) live in the Greater Sydney Area.

Top six suburbs with the most residents born in China – Hurstville (NSW) Burwood (NSW), Campsie (NSW) and Chatswood (NSW).

Melbourne (Vic.), Glen Waverly (Vic.)

Chinese university students make up 22 per cent of all Chinese-born people in Australia.

Over the last 10 years, the proportions increased for people born in China (from 1.3% to 2.5%)

PEOPLE IN AUSTRALIA WHO WERE BORN IN CHINA

13 December 2018 Census Data

People 509,557

Male    224,148

Female 285,409

Australian citizen        36.3%

Not an Australian citizen        62.8%

POPULATION GROWTH RATES- year ended 30 June 2018.

Australia's population grew by 1.6% during the year ended 30 June 2018.

Natural increase                      39.4%

Net Overseas Migration          60.6%

OVERSEAS-BORN AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS

born in England             4.1% **.

born in China                 2.5%  **.

born in New Zealand       2.3%  **.

born in India                   2.2% **.

born in the Philippines    1.1% **.

born in Vietnam                1.0% **.

** Australia's total population at 30 June 2017 **

 

FOREIGNERS LIVING ILLEGALLY IN AUSTRALIA. 

60,000* 2016-17

An internal government report accessed by The Daily Telegraph says more than 60,000* foreigners are living illegally in Australia.

Some of these illegal migrants also have families in Australia and are ‘waiting it out’ till their child turns 10 and acquires citizenship, the internal government report states.

Most of these illegal migrants are tourists and students who have over-stayed their visas.

Country of Origen      Number of Illegals*   

Malaysia / China           15000

Americans                    5170

British                          3680

other                           36150

https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/3101.0

THE CHINA–AUSTRALIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT (CHAFTA) IS A BILATERAL FREE TRADE AGREEMENT (FTA) BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENTS OF AUSTRALIA AND CHINA.

1 VOTER- COMMENT 7- Yes, this agreement does open up more two-way trade between Australia and China, there are several other mutual benefits.  What I fail to understand is the fact that under the Keating initiated “Level Playing Field for Trade” I understood that Australia had removed pretty much all import Tariffs. 

CHAFTA promotions claim that China is removing Tariffs for a range of Australian imports, opening more opportunities for us.  Did I get this right? Australia removed most import Tariffs years ago and China had maintained theirs until now. How stupid are we?

Amongst the various free trade clauses, the primary area of concern is that there is a Work and Holiday Agreement in which Australia will grant up to 5,000 visas to Chinese nationals for work and holiday makers. The free trade agreement was signed between the two countries on 17 June 2015.

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Is Australia toughening up and pushing back against Chinese interference? See following:

AUSTRALIA DENIES PASSPORT TO CHINESE BILLIONAIRE, POLITICAL DONOR

Radio Free Asia  02-07-2019

Quote " Authorities in Australia have rejected the citizenship application of a prominent Chinese billionaire, Huang Xiangmo, and revoked his permanent residency there are concerns about his ties to Beijing.

Huang Xiangmo, has made donations of nearly U.S. $1.9 million to political parties in Australia over the last five years,

The decision came after officials examined Huang's ties to the Chinese Communist Party in Australia and China, the report said.

The article said the denial comes as Canberra begins a crackdown on suspected Chinese Communist Party influencers in the country following the introduction of new laws targeting activities by lobbyists and agents of foreign governments in June 2018.

Former Australian MP Hu Jinming said Huang has been a person of interest for Australian intelligence agencies for a very long time.

 

SILENT INVASION- BOOK  BY Clive Hamilton

Quote" In 2008 Clive Hamilton was at Parliament House in Canberra when the Beijing Olympic torch relay passed through. He watched in bewilderment as a small pro-Tibet protest was overrun by thousands of angry Chinese students. Where did they come from? Why were they so aggressive? And what gave them the right to shut down others exercising their democratic right to protest? The authorities did nothing about it, and what he saw stayed with him.  

 

In 2016 it was revealed that wealthy Chinese businessmen linked to the Chinese Communist Party had become the largest donors to both major political parties. Hamilton realised something big was happening, and decided to investigate the Chinese government’s influence in Australia. What he found shocked him.  

 

From politics to culture, real estate to agriculture, universities to unions, and even in our primary schools, he uncovered compelling evidence of the Chinese Communist Party’s infiltration of Australia. Sophisticated influence operations target Australia’s elites, and parts of the large Chinese-Australian diaspora have been mobilised to buy access to politicians, limit academic freedom, intimidate critics, collect information for Chinese intelligence agencies, and protest in the streets against Australian government policy. It’s no exaggeration to say the Chinese Communist Party and Australian democracy are on a collision course. The CCP is determined to win, while Australia looks the other way.  "End Quote

Published in February 2018

Clive Hamilton is an Australian author and public intellectual. Since 2008 he has been Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University in Canberra.

For 14 years, until February 2008, he was the Executive Director of The Australia Institute, a progressive think tank he founded. He holds an arts degree from the Australian National University and an economics degree from the University of Sydney. He completed a doctorate in the economics of development at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.

Clive has held visiting academic positions at Yale University, the University of Oxford, University College London and Sciences Po in Paris.

AUSTRALIA PUSHES BACK ON BEIJING'S ALLEGED INFLUENCE-BUYING DRIVE

Canberra Strips Chinese Billionaire Of Residency In First Test Of Security Law

Fumi Matsumoto, Nikkei Asian Review Staff Writer February 07, 2019

Quote” The Australian government passed a law in November last year banning foreign nationals from making political donations amid accusations that Chinese living in Australia were trying to sway its policy.   © Reuters

SYDNEY -- Australia has revoked the permanent residency of a Chinese billionaire living in Sydney, and rejected his application for citizenship for allegedly meddling in domestic politics, in what would be the first test of a newly amended security law.

Local media reported that real estate mogul Huang Xiangmo is believed to have links to the Chinese Communist Party and to have made massive donations to Australian politicians to sway policies in favor of Beijing. Canberra's decision is a sign of growing wariness of China's attempts to expand its influence over the country.

Amid a growing political backlash against China's interference in Australian politics, the government submitted to parliament a series of bills to fend off foreign interference at the end of 2017.

New election legislation to ban political donations by foreign nationals and organizations was enacted in November 2018.

Clive Hamilton, a professor of public ethics at Charles Sturt University in Canberra and the author of "Silent Invasion," a book about China's influence over Australia, said Huang was the most prominent agent from Beijing operating in the country.

"Huang stands out as the most active and obvious agent of influence," he told Nikkei. "By banning him from returning to Australia, the intelligence agencies hope to degrade his deep network of influence across Australia.” End Quote

 

WHAT IS CHINA'S BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE?

THE GUARDIAN Frances Eve

Quote” Xi is promoting his signature trade policy, the Belt and Road Initiative, which relies on Xinjiang as a core land route. Countries expecting to benefit from increased development along the route should be aware of the potentially destabilising effects of China’s crackdown in the region.”End Quote

 

Former foreign minister Julie Bishop expressed concern that some of the loans to developing nations under Chinese President Xi Jinping's signature Belt and Road Initiative "will be detrimental to their long-term sovereignty.

 

Just how this view equates with Victoria’s Labor Government signing on to this Belt and Road Initiative to finance Victorian infrastructure is confounding.

The New Silk Road- (The Guardian)

Quote “The project is often described as a 21st century silk road, made up of a “belt” of overland corridors and a maritime “road” of shipping lanes. China is carrying out or planning construction projects in more than 60 countries along these routes.“ End quote

 

LOWY INSTITUTE on Belt & Road

 

Quote “One Belt, One Road consists of two main components: the land-based Silk Road Economic Belt and ocean-going Maritime Silk Road. Officially unveiled in late 2013, the initiative focuses on connectivity and cooperation among countries, principally in Eurasia.

 

The primary purpose of the AIIB, announced by President Xi Jinping in 2013, is to address the infrastructure needs of the Asia-Pacific. It will do this primarily by funding projects in emerging markets that other international banks are unwilling to fund.

 

The Belt and Road Initiative is expected to cost more than $1tn (£760bn), although there are differing estimates as to how much money has been spent to date. According to one analysis, China has invested more than $210bn, the majority in Asia. “ End quote

THE GUARDIAN July 2018

Quote “To date, Chinese companies have secured more than $340bn in construction contracts along the Belt and Road.

However, China’s dominance in the construction sector comes at the expense of local contractors in partner countries.

The vast sums raked in by Chinese firms are at odds with the official rhetoric that Belt and Road is open to global participation and suggest that the initiative is also motivated by factors other than trade, such as China’s need to combat excess capacity at home. End quote

1 VOTER- COMMENT8- ON THE BELT & ROAD INITIATIVE & The China–Australia Free Trade Agreement

 

Whilst the project itself look on the surface to be beneficial to all signatories, when viewed in context with The China–Australia Free Trade Agreement (CHAFTA) it remains to be seen if the Victorian segment will result in jobs for Australian workers, I strongly suspect not. Furthermore, what is the point of a partly completed segment at the lower end of Australia? In all probability China intends strong-arming their way to complete the join-up segments across Australia.

If in the hands of ethical governments, on first look this appears to be a good trade and co-operative initiative across Asia Pacific. But it will be in the hands of a communist dictatorship government- China. What happens when it is completed, countries rely on this route for trade transit and China pulls the plug? A very clever way for China to control trade, and so dangerous.

Unless the Federal Government can either enact legislation that prevents individual State Governments negotiating these types of infrastructure deals with China, in the long-run does it matter what the Federal Government thinks, they are a toothless tiger? See the following:

CHINA CONTROLS (OWNS /LEASES ) MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE,  ENTRY POINTS INTO AUSTRALIA AND PRODUCTIVE FARMLAND

PORT OF DARWIN

From - Australian Financial Review 2018

Quote "Landbridge Infrastructure Australia, the local vehicle which holds the port lease, reported a $31 million loss in the 2017 financial year, according to its latest financial accounts filed with the corporate regulator.

Landbridge, which is controlled by Chinese billionaire Ye Cheng, paid $506 million in 2015 for a 99-year lease over the port.

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