China, China, China

David Archibald has been pointing towards a coming confrontation with China for quite a long time, and it seems that his concerns are reflected at the very top in the United States. Never mind what I or David say, this is what the new Acting American Secretary of Defence says.

Now that he is acting secretary of defense, the civilian Shanahan now has only one layer of command to defer to and can be his own man, it seems. For the first words from his mouth on taking command were “China, China, China” — no agonising over terrorists whose faith will not be named, no handwringing over global warming, no apologia for allies who shirk paying for their defense, and no histrionics on the subject of the impoverished kleptocracy that is Russia.  The Mattis era is over.

And if you go to the link in the para above, this is what you come to:
‘China, China, China’: Trump’s new Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan sets US defence priorities
. The article begins:

Patrick Shanahan, the acting US defence secretary, singled out China as a key priority in a “great power competition” on his first full day in his new role at the Pentagon on Wednesday, continuing a course set by his predecessor.

“While we are focused on ongoing operations, Acting Secretary Shanahan told the team to remember China, China, China,” an anonymous defence official was quoted as saying….

Shanahan provided his view of long-term competition with China and Russia while speaking at an Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association event last February.

“We all hear about how our competitiveness has eroded,” Shanahan said. “Our strategy is about how to sharpen and strengthen our competitiveness.”

He told the audience that “there are no such things as fair competitions – there’s just competition”.

If this really is the real thing, worrying about deployment of a couple thousand in Syria is an absolute nothing.

Meanwhile, China is becoming more centre stage. These are minor items at Drudge today, but the issues are becoming more visible.

Xi Orders Military to ‘Enhance Combat Readiness’…
Tests its own ‘Mother of All Bombs’…
Chinese agents knock on doors, demand users delete tweets…

We certainly do live in interesting times.

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37 Responses to China, China, China

  1. Terry

    Why is Australia not “gearing up” (militarily) big time to be able to enforce Antarctic “claims” over the next 2-3 decades?

  2. Stimpson J. Cat

    Oh we are Terry, we are.
    Our new Subs should be ready in 2-3 decades.
    And then it’s watch out world!

  3. Sinclair Davidson

    So the war on terror is over. Did we win?

  4. Rossini

    Do we still import towel heads!

  5. Rossini

    Or rather why do we still import towel heads?

  6. bollux

    We are just working on getting the transgender and female quota up in our fighting forces, then LOOK OUT world!

  7. Terry

    “Our new Subs should be ready in 2-3 decades”

    Ah, yes. Our potentially great subs of The Malcolm Class.

    A day late, a dollar short and entirely obsolete on arrival (if they arrive and whenever that is).

  8. Terry

    “So the war on terror is over. Did we win?”

    No, no. We’re still busy breeding and expanding cells and enclaves in the suburbs of our major cities.

    Patience. We’re in this for the long game. Australia is always a decade or two behind on these things. Look to Europe/The UK. Don’t worry, we’ll get there.

  9. Confused Old Misfit

    So the war on terror is over. Did we win?

    It’s all part of a cunning plan, Sinc.
    Woven into the fabric of “The Great Game”!
    All part of “The Never Ending Story”.

  10. C.L.

    Chinese agents knock on doors, demand users delete tweets…

    Always aping the West; in this case, the British police.

  11. Behind Enemy Lines

    Anyone who’s been paying attention knows that Australia’s already in a very difficult place versus China.
    The Chinese strategists have been playing a very smart long game, and the ‘long’ end of it will be upon us in ten or twenty years.

    For decades, the Chinese have been buying up Australian politicians and businessmen, while steadily building a fifth column of expats and local hirelings. So long as the corruption keeps flowing, Australia’s political class will cheerfully keep selling the rest of us down the river. It will go on behind the scenes, right up to the point where our new masters call in the favours and start cracking the whip for ‘tribute’.

    As an example, one of China’s key strategic goals (wrt Australia) is to split us from the US alliance. High-level government insiders like Hugh White have been busy on that account for a couple of decades. And — just like it was with the Soviet Union — China’s local supporters will start crawling out of the woodwork as Beijing increasingly throws its weight around in the region.

    Given the essential treason of the ALP and Greens, and the weakness and complicity of the Libs, it’s time for smart Australians to get passports and residence visas in order. Laugh if you will, but I don’t see heritage Australia getting out of this intact.

  12. John Constantine

    If you consider redfilth gillards open boast that to australia’s political class:

    “We are Us”.

    Then, indeed, “The We” did indeed win the war on terror, being able to create a Squandertopia of taxfunded contracts and empire building.

    The bollards of cravenness protecting our political class, but not our kindergartens couldn’t have happened without the war, neither could have the State have created and armed paramilitary death squads, units now to filled by imported mercenaries and foreign fighters with no compunctions against the crushing of old australia, by force and on the streets.

    “The We” class have fiddled the books while rome burned.

    Comrade bastaaaaaards.

  13. Roger

    Laugh if you will, but I don’t see heritage Australia getting out of this intact.

    Spot on. But one thing you haven’t factored in is the US winning a war with China, which it most likely will if that war is engaged sooner rather than later given that China still has some way to go to achieve military parity with the US.

    Then Australia might be in a position to examine our recent history and deal out some justice for the litany of perfidy you have outlined.

  14. Big_Nambas

    Can’t imagine anyone trying to actually take over America as more than 50% of the population is armed, in many cases very well armed. But Australia is open for the taking, small poorly equipped armed forces and very few armed citizens. Politicians who continue to feed the crocodile hoping to be eaten last!

  15. Sinclair Davidson

    Those evil Chinese just want to sell us goods and services and get rich. Luckily the government is onto them.

  16. rickw

    But Australia is open for the taking, small poorly equipped armed forces and very few armed citizens.

    The very few armed citizens will be targeted immediately because:

    The Chicoms already have a complete copy of Firearm Registries via hacking. (Likely).

    OR

    The Australian Government shared the Firearm Registries with the UN as part of “International Obligations”, so the Chicoms and everyone else has them. (Likely)

    OR

    An Australian Government Quisling will give the Chicoms access at first request. (Likely)

    The Australian Firearm Registries should be scrapped post-haste as a matter of National Security and likewise the 1996 bans revoked and in fact revoked back to pretty much 1920.

  17. Crazyoldranga

    Interesting read over at Steyn Online today regarding China.

  18. rickw

    Those evil Chinese just want to sell us goods and services and get rich. Luckily the government is onto them.

    You need to listen to what the Chinese Hawkes have been saying for almost 20 years and in fact even talk to Chinese who have gotten out, most are out because they are pretty concerned at the trajectory.

  19. egg_

    So the war on terror is over. Did we win?

    We’ve moved on the war on weather.

  20. egg_

    Confucius Mark Twain say ‘It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.’

  21. Snoopy

    Those evil Chinese just want to sell us goods and services and get rich.

    The ChiComs in Africa are unaccountably lucky. I think that old saying about touching a Chinaman for good luck could be grounded in fact.

    Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube said government will refund and exempt China Jiangsu International from Value Added Tax (VAT) and income tax dating back to 2012.

  22. mh

    …The agents handed over a printout of 60 posts the engineer had fired off to his 48,000 followers. The topics ranged from U.S.-China trade relations to the plight of underground Christians in his coastal province in southeast China.
    When the engineer didn’t comply after 24 hours, he discovered that someone had hacked into his Twitter account – @hesuoge – and deleted its entire history of 11,000 tweets.
    “If the authorities hack you, what can you do?” said the engineer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of landing in deeper trouble with authorities. “I felt completely drained.”

    The guy had some ba lls not to comply. In the West, Big Tech is working hand in glove with the Deep State, so they just shut down your account if they think you are a trouble maker. We don’t even get a knock on the door!

  23. NuThink

    Sinclair Davidson
    #2899839, posted on January 6, 2019 at 10:26 am
    So the war on terror is over. Did we win?

    Sinc, since you travel on the odd occasion. The answer to your question can be answered by you.
    Do you have to pass security testing at the point of departure?
    If we won you would not need to.
    If we lost you will need to pass security testing.

    And it is not as a result of the Cuban hijackings of the 50’s and 60’s.
    What is apparent is that it is not just ME inspired terror. Also Canadian.
    If you watched yesterday evening’s Aircraft Investigations re the 1985 Air India crash off Ireland (killing 329) and the bomb that went off in Narita Airport the same day (killing two baggage handlers), the woman at the end lamented that it was Canadians making the bombs, Canadians planting the bombs, and Canadians dying. But it was actually Sihks with Canadian citizenship who had a beef with the Indian government that made and planted the bombs. They did not care who died.

    Air India Flight 182 was an Air India flight operating on the Toronto–Montreal–London–Delhi route. On 23 June 1985, the Boeing 747-237B serving the flight disintegrated in midair, at an altitude of 31,000 feet, as a result of the explosion from a bomb planted by Canadian Sikh terrorists.

    At 07:13 on Sunday, June 23, 1985 an explosion at the New Tokyo International Airport killed two baggage handlers, and injured four. The bomb was intended for Air India Flight 301, with 177 passengers and crew on board, bound for Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand.

    So much for open borders. These Sihks were welcomed into Canada and repaid the Canadian hospitality.
    BTW the bag containing the bomb was loaded in Vancouver and transferred to Air India in Toronto, so many Canadians were put at risk if the bomb had gone off on the Vancouver to Toronto leg of a different airline.
    Logic tells me that if the bomb had worked correctly it would have taken many more that the two baggage handlers at Narita.

  24. NuThink

    Sinclair Davidson
    #2899888, posted on January 6, 2019 at 11:35 am
    Those evil Chinese just want to sell us goods and services and get rich. Luckily the government is onto them.

    You mean like Sam Dastyari and Andrew Robb and Bob Hawke.
    It must be nice to live in the cloud at a University, try manufacturing in Australia these days with Chinese competition. To you a business closing down may just be a statistic, but to us at the coalface who actually manufacture products, the loss of a customer who closed down because of Chinese competition is hard to take. It is possible to get stuff from China including postage for 1 dollar that would cost me 3 or 4 times that just in parts. Then forget about manufacture and the cost of postage.
    Try thinking outside the academic soap box.
    See the reports about the fighting at a Woolies in I think Dandenong re baby formula. So they don’t just want to sell us stuff and get rich, not even the Chinese want to buy the Chinese melamine enriched baby formula. They want to buy some products which makes it hard for local mothers to get sufficient baby formula.

  25. Behind Enemy Lines

    Roger
    #2899878, posted on January 6, 2019 at 11:20 am
    Laugh if you will, but I don’t see heritage Australia getting out of this intact.

    Spot on. But one thing you haven’t factored in is the US winning a war with China, which it most likely will if that war is engaged sooner rather than later given that China still has some way to go to achieve military parity with the US.

    Then Australia might be in a position to examine our recent history and deal out some justice for the litany of perfidy you have outlined.

    They don’t want a war. They want a victory. My sense is that the present Chinese leadership is slick enough to let us (and the US) hang ourselves with the rope they’re selling us. Their strategy is to keep gently raising the temperature on the frog pot, and adding plenty of new frogs as they go. Of course, there’s always room for error, and Chinese political history is littered with smart hardworking people making epic own goals.

  26. max

    Return of the Yellow Peril
    Idea that Chinese economy or military is a threat to the US is not based on reality.

    The portrayal of China as sleeping giant that is now awakening to take over the world – and take our jobs – is, like most such conceptions, a total delusion. The Peoples Republic of China is weak in almost every sense: politically, economically, and militarily, the PRC is a paper tiger and its rulers are sitting atop a volcano.

    China is a paper tiger that is likely to go up in the flames of its own overheated export-driven inflationary boom. Its present course is unsustainable, and the Chinese leaders know it. It’s only a matter of time before the whole thing goes ka-blooie

    China rides the tiger of debt and bubbles

    China’s Rulers Are the Biggest Suckers on Earth

    They have loaned over $3 trillion to Western governments to subsidize massive deficits of aging countries that will all default. How stupid is this?
    China’s Communist engineers concluded in 1979: “The poverty-stricken Chinese will get rich when the People’s Bank of China sends foreign aid to rich Western governments.” How stupid was that?

    The fall of China’s regime will be spectacular.

  27. Chris M

    Few natural resources and no friends. And I’m not talking about Trump.

  28. OldOzzie

    if

    The Blob Is Lying About Trump’s Sudden Syria Withdrawal

    The president’s shift in policy has been portrayed as a surprise—but America’s foreign-policy machinery was quietly tasked with preparing for it months ago.

    How would we know we are winning?

    NuThink
    #2899950, posted on January 6, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Sinclair Davidson
    #2899839, posted on January 6, 2019 at 10:26 am
    So the war on terror is over. Did we win?

    Sinc, since you travel on the odd occasion. The answer to your question can be answered by you.

    Do you have to pass security testing at the point of departure?

    If we won you would not need to.
    If we lost you will need to pass security testing.

    Since all the security personnel at Sydney International are Middle Eastern – the Answer is No – currently running 4 from 4 on latest trips through Sydney Intnl Airport for Full Body Scan (would scare the heck put of any one looking)

  29. Dr Fred Lenin

    Anything ordered today to be delivered in 20/30 years time is bound to be antiquated by the time you get it.can you remember 20/ 30 years ago ? What has happened since ? A hell of a lot , the whole world has changed , politically and technically ,it was like the stone age compared to today . Any fool who thinks otherwise is eeluded ,there is no way these subs will compete with real future conditions . The money should be put into Australian made missile technology air and sea defence and response to attack . Defence and jobs think about it .our own Missile Defence Force a specialised group ,you know its sense .

  30. Fred Lenin:

    Defence and jobs think about it .our own Missile Defence Force a specialised group ,you know its sense .

    How about three mile long rail guns pointing north.
    Launch a thirty tonne titanium/DU Rod from God clad around a guidance package and a steel core at 100,000 km/hr.
    Bruce can do the maths.

  31. Rockdoctor

    Crazyoldranga
    #2899896, posted on January 6, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Spot on with Steyn & my reading of the situation too. Think at last look I saw reputable figures that put 300mil Chinese considered Middle or Upper class, close to 700mil still below the poverty line with most well below. The new 2 child policy isn’t going to fix this.

    There are other factors as well that may spark a hot conflict, mainly being the nation no longer relies on Communism to control the masses, it is nationalism now but under the same totalitarian banner. Some sleight say on Taiwan or from Japan and the masses may demand action from the Government & to keep control they may be compelled to act. 2 incidents notably the bombing of the Chinese Embasy in Sarajevo & the Japanese 2012 moves on the Diaoyu Islands caused riots that troubled authorities then and they were a fair bit more level headed than the hawks running the show now. What happens when events tumble out of control because of some unknown/unknown as happened in 1914 with Arch Duke Ferdinand…

  32. Jonesy

    Have been noticing blogs getting through on youtube showing things aren’t 100% rosey within the PRC…If you are winning, why the need for ten billboards outside bumferk, Guizhou proclaiming how wonderful dear leader is. Belt and Road is a con to tighten the rope, no doubt of it…but why invest that type of money when your own citizens in the southern provinces are dirt poor peasants..and there are millions of them. I get the two centuries of humiliation by the west but a little history will show what happened with the last long.

  33. Jonesy

    The Chinese are creating their own world of class warfare within their borders. How much pressure will there be with this new middle class wealth(by Chinese standards) if the communists start cracking down on discent. How enriched will the southern provinces feel with the obvious wealth and largess around Beijing and Shanghai on display and they have nothing but toil and mud?

  34. OldOzzie

    Why Xinjiang outrages fail to move the Muslim world

    There is abundant evidence the Chinese Communist Party is operating an expanding system of extrajudicial mass detention in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region — or East Turkestan, as many Uighurs prefer to call it. Researchers estimate the facilities — ­labelled “vocational training centres” — hold perhaps two million Uighurs out of a population of 12 million.

    As limited as these responses may be given the scale of the repression in Xinjiang, they nonetheless appear notable in contrast to the relative silence from the Muslim world. At China’s UPR, for instance, the ­Organisation of Islamic Co-operation — the world’s second-largest intergovernmental organisation, which aims to act as “the collective voice of the Muslim world” — remained ­silent, despite 53 of its 57 members being Muslim-majority countries.

    Some point to the contrast between this silence and OIC’s statements on behalf of the Palestinians or more recently the Rohingya in Myanmar to suggest, at the very least, the hypocrisy of the Muslim world.

    However, such an assertion is based on a simplistic understanding of the dynamics at play. Ultimately, the relative silence of the Muslim world on China’s repression of the Uighurs is based on four major factors.

    The first is historical. While Beijing claims the region has been an “integral” province of China since the Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 24), it often remained beyond Chinese control due to its geopolitical position as a “Eurasian crossroads” abutting present-day Russia, Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and because of the ethno-cultural dominance of Turkic and Mongol people. Historically, this made the region, and the largely Turkic Muslim peoples that inhabited it cultural, political and economic intermediaries between East and West.

    The second main factor is culture and ethnicity. Much commentary on China’s ­repression of the Uighurs has highlighted their Muslim faith. However, for Beijing, Islam is but one troubling aspect of Uighur identity, alongside Turkic ethnicity, culture and language. Each of these marks the Uighurs out as fundamentally different from the Han Chinese majority population of China.

    The third and fourth factors are economics and geopolitics. Core parts of the Muslim world from Southeast Asia through to the Middle East and North Africa have been the focus of much Chinese investment.

  35. old bloke

    If the government truly wanted to defend Australia’s waters, they should cancel the order for the Chrissy Pyne class submarines and lease some American submarines. These were offered to us by the Americans at a fair price, we should have taken them instead of committing to spend $50 Billion to $200 Billion to save Chrissy Pyne’s seat.

    Our first line of defence are the seas around us, if we can’t secure them we are done.

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