IS CHINA OUR FRIEND OR FOE?
1 VOTERS OPINION on AUSTRALIAN POLITICS
The Chinese Invasion By Stealth
CHINA - Friend or Foe? pg 3 of 3
I'm old enough to remember the sanctions against the 'Springbocks' and how the world viewed Idi Amin in Uganda. We railed against Pol Pot in Cambodia and what about sanctions against Iraq were a near-total financial and trade embargo imposed by the United Nations Security Council on Ba'athist Iraq. BUT we are OK with ignoring Chinese atrocities against their own people. We smile and take their money in the name of economics when we could take another direction. I also remember when Australia was fairly self-sufficient.
Should we compromise our values and morals and go with China or stand our ground? Is this even feasible given Chinas' might?
Chinese interest has been in industries like the dairy industry and farms in southern Australia, and again they are smaller acreages but perhaps more productive
SIZE OF FOREIGN AGRICULTURAL LAND INTERESTS BY COUNTRY
Quote” The British still own Australia when it comes to agricultural land, according to a national survey of foreign-owned farmland.
The Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land was prepared by the Turnbull government in response to growing concerns about Chinese investment in Australia’s agriculture sector.
In April, treasurer Scott Morrison blocked the sale of Australia’s largest cattle business, S. Kidman and Co., which covers 100,000 square kilometres of the Australian outback – 1.3% of the country’s total land area, and 2.5% of its agricultural land – to a Chinese majority-controlled consortium on national interest grounds for a second time.
Foreign investment further south tends to be smaller but of higher value, such as the 19,000ha Tasmanian dairy business Van Diemen’s Land Company (VDL), which was bought last year by a consortium that included two Chinese companies with a 70% stake. The remaining 30% is owned by a company owned by the Melbourne-based Lempriere family, who also have a 20% stake in the 96,000 ha Chinese-owned cotton farm, Cubbie Station, in south-west Queensland.”End Quote
Foreign ownership is 13.6pc or 52.1 million hectares of Australia's total agricultural land
Of these foreign-owned hectares, 9.4 million was freehold, 43.4 million hectares held as leasehold
Highest use of foreign-owned agricultural land by area was livestock production with 45.8 million hectares or 88pc of the foreign-owned total
This is followed by cropping at 1.5 million hectares or 2.8 per cent of the total
FOLLOWING THE MONEY: WHERE CHINA'S $40BN INVESTMENT IN AUSTRALIA IS GOING
Mining is the main industry receiving Chinese investment followed by real estate and transport infrastructure
Quote” The new data by the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University has found that in the four years from 2014 through to 2017, just over $40.4bn worth of direct investment in Australia came from Chinese-owned companies.
Mining is the major industry receiving Chinese investment. From 2014-17 it received $9.9bn worth of investment, with real estate coming in second with $8.7bn
Mostly here we are talking about commercial real estate rather than residential. In 2015, which was the year that saw the largest amount of investment in real estate with just over $4.5bn, only $84.5m was for residential sites, and the largest single investment was the purchase of Investa Office Portfolio’s nine office towers by the Chinese sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corporation (CIC):
Other large irregular investments occurred in 2016, such as the purchase of the Port of Melbourne by investors including CIC, and the purchase of Pacific Hydro by the state-owned State Power Investment Corporation.
Both of these purchases saw the highest level of investment in both the transport and electricity industries over the four years". End Quote
Australias limp attempts to out-play China in the Pacific:
Chinese influence drives Australia's multi-billion-dollar pivot to the Pacific
By Pacific affairs reporter Stephen Dziedzic 9 Nov 2018,
Scott Morrison unveiled his pivot to the Pacific 9 Nov 2018:
Quote" The plan was ambitious, and the list of promises was long.
Australia will open five new diplomatic missions in the Pacific.
The Government will also ramp up military cooperation, with more Navy deployments in the region and a permanent Defence Force team tasked with training their counterparts in the Pacific.
A $2 billion infrastructure bank for Pacific nations is the centrepiece of the plan
Until now, Australia has largely funnelled aid into health, education and governance projects
Most important of all, the Prime Minister announced Australia will also get into the infrastructure game in the Pacific, plunging billions of dollars into projects across the region through grants and soft loans.
It's a seismic shift in Pacific policy that will reverberate through the region for decades.
In around 2006, China entered the fray. It started to offer Pacific nations large amounts of money and build up its political influence across the region.
And now the Pacific is slowly morphing from a calm expanse of water dominated by Western interests into a choppy ocean churned by global headwinds.
So, is this all about China?
Yes. This is largely all about China.
While several nations have ramped up their engagement in the Pacific since 2000, Beijing has built diplomatic and financial muscle in the region with surprising speed.
Some defence and intelligence analysts worry that China is engaged in "debt-trap diplomacy", accusing Beijing of searching for assets in the Pacific that could be converted to military bases.
China fiercely contests those claims. And some experts are deeply sceptical that Chinese lending presents a big problem.
1 VOTERS COMMENT9- CHINA IS A DANGER TO AUSTRALIA -
IMO all indicators say yes. Finally, the Coalition has recognized the threat from China in the Pacific and is planning to increase Australia’s influence there. Too little, too late. These Coalition initiatives are suspiciously similar to the Labor Party’s Policies for the Pacific, and will involve throwing money at our neighbors in an attempt to buy their loyalty, that is until a higher bidder comes along (China?).
Are we closing the door after the horse has bolted? Yes.
We have ‘played footsies’ with China and allowed their purchase of vital infrastructure and resources in Australia. We have welcomed Chinese migration here in huge numbers. We have recognized China's attempts to influence policy and government and acted very late to block this. And, all this despite knowing the Chinese Communist Parties extensive denials of human rights in China and recognizing the Chinese mindset. Do we trust China, No.
We have permitted our exports and imports to be dominated by China. I would be amazed if it is possible to back-pedal on all of this. At the very least we should be questioning the successive Australian governments of both persuasion who have facilitated this; starting with Gogh Whitlam, Keating etc. The Australian public has been hoodwinked and cheated by politicians that should be labelled as treasonous. But, the bottom line is that the public voted for this! How stupid are we?
We have sold out to Communism and it remains to be seen if it is possible to put the genie back in the bottle! I doubt it. The 'Chinafication' of Australia is inevitable.
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