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Australia faces fresh test on Chinese investment

Posted by seumasach on August 4, 2016

“In March Australia tightened its foreign takeover rules to ensure all sales of ports, electricity networks and other public infrastructure were scrutinised by the Foreign Investment Review Board. This followed the contentious A$506m sale to China’s Landbridge Group of a 99-year lease on Darwin port — a strategically important area as US marines are stationed at a nearby naval base — without a formal review by Firb.”

“Mr Xenophon expressed concern about State Grid’s market dominance if its bid was successful. He also asked whether Canberra had sought the advice of the intelligence and defence forces in relation to the proposed sale, adding that he intended to table a bill to tighten Australia’s foreign investment rules when parliament resumed.” 

FT

24th July, 2016

The newly elected government of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is set for its first big test on foreign investment, with two Chinese companies bidding for control of the country’s largest electricity network.

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New Argentina president to put deals with China under the microscope

Posted by seumasach on August 3, 2016

The May government is only one of a series of new governments which are reviewing their relations with China. We now have Argentina, Brazil, the UK, , possibly Australia and, of course, the USA.

Dialogo Chino

27th November, 2015

Change is promised in a number of areas of government by Argentina’s new president-elect Mauricio Macri and foreign relations – in particular the country’s links with China – will be no exception. Macri has left open the possibility of reviewing, even cancelling, theraft of deals on energy and infrastructure signed by the two countries earlier this year.

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A Zimbabwe politician says all the Chinese in his country should be deported

Posted by seumasach on August 3, 2016

Quartz

16th May, 2016

A member of a Zimbabwean opposition party has called for all Chinese nationals to be kicked out of the southern African country.

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China’s defense minister stresses preparedness for “war at sea”

Posted by seumasach on August 3, 2016

Xinhua

2nd August, 2016

HANGZHOU, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) — Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan has warned of offshore security threats and called for substantial preparation for a “people’s war at sea” to safeguard sovereignty.

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Once again on the meaning of Brexit

Posted by seumasach on August 2, 2016

Cailean Bochanan

2nd August, 2016

“Brexit means Brexit!” but what is Brexit? Well, now we know. It is the alignment of the UK with the policy which will dominate the next US presidency:  the strategy of containment or isolation of China.

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Hong Kong democracy campaigners demand return to British rule

Posted by seumasach on August 2, 2016

Post hoc, ergo, propter hoc? Three days after the Brexit vote a report comes in of “democracy” protesters in Hong Kong waving union jacks. Actually, I don’t think the one caused the other. Rather they are both caused by the US foreign policy shift to containment of China which will dominate the next presidency rather than cold war with Russia.

Telegraph

26th June, 2016

lly Chiu first gained public attention in Hong Kong when he waved the British colonial flag at protests three years ago.

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Japan defence review expresses ‘concern’ at Chinese coercion

Posted by seumasach on August 2, 2016

Asia Times

2nd August, 2016

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s annual defense review on Tuesday expressed “deep concern” over what it sees as China’s coercion as a more assertive Beijing flouts international rules when dealing with other nations.

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Three-quarters of Australians back naval challenge to China in South China Seas

Posted by seumasach on August 2, 2016

It was once faith versus reason but now it’s identity versus reason and identity is winning hands down. Never mind that their relationship with China is a core economic interest for Australians, thev are prepared to jeopardise it on the basis of a pro-western, anglo-saxon identity.

Sydney Morning Herald

21st June, 2016

Three-quarters of Australians believe the country’s Navy should follow the United States in challenging Beijing’s expanding military activity in the disputed waters of the South China Sea by carrying out so called “freedom-of-navigation” operations, a poll has found.

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Is Britain’s Theresa May reversing David Cameron’s China policy?

Posted by seumasach on August 2, 2016

The coup in Brazil bringing into question both the BRICS and Mercosur, Brexit and the dismissal of Osborne, the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission report on human rights in China, the Hague ruling on the South China Seas, the weakening of Australia-China ties, the renewed protests in Hong Kong including demands for secession: all these point to the policy of “containment” of China as the dominant theme of US foreign policy under the next presidency. Detente with Russia should be viewed within this context.

Asia Times

2nd August, 2016

Prime Minister Therese May’s decision to delay approving a new nuclear power station partly funded by China at Hinkley Point may be an indication that she will soon be dismantling many of  Cameron government’s policy plans. Hinkley Point being China’s first nuclear power project in the West, Beijing will lose its face if it is canceled.

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BRICS should prepare for ‘Braxit’: a Brazilian exit

Posted by seumasach on August 2, 2016

RBTH

4th July, 2016

Will the new pro-American government in Brazil force a Braxit and bring down the BRICS wall? According to Oliver Stuenkel, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) in Sao Paulo, “many Brazilian analysts believe it is time to leave” the BRICS

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Hong Kong groups want their own Brexit

Posted by seumasach on August 1, 2016

Brexit is part of a general shift against rising Chinese influence. We see that in the Austrlia. Brazil and , of course, the UK. Next is Hong Kong. Last time the Cameron government, not wishing to disturb Anglo-Chinese relations, was fairly indifferent to the Freedom House protests in Hong Kong. This time we can expect the the British government’s response to be more proactive and provocative.

NZHerald

30th July, 2016

Britain had its Brexit. Now some in Hong Kong are dreaming of their own version.

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