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Johnson seeks “great” free trade deal with Australia

Posted by seumasach on July 30, 2017

“Mr Johnson said he expected a “great” free trade deal with Australia which would cover the issue of visas.” Wow! “Great deals” all round! It’s looking very much like TTIP-Trans-Oceanic Trade and Investment Deal, a new British Empire based on the old values of “free trade”. But there may be a fly in the ointment:

Ms Bishop said: “We discussed Brexit and the potential for Australia to enter into a free trade agreement with the European Union, and subsequently a free trade agreement between Australia and the UK.”

Britain’s TTIP -type deals are not compatible with free trade deals with the EU since the EU will not allow the UK to become a conduit for GM crops and other dangerous or substandard products. Johnson looks full of confidence but as Britain crashes out of the EU we will see if they have any realistic basis.

Express and Star

27th July, 2017

Australia’s foreign minister has said the country is hoping to strike a “high-quality, comprehensive free trade agreement” with the UK following Brexit.

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South China Sea: Britain to deploy ‘colossal’ warships

Posted by seumasach on July 30, 2017

Standing up “for the rights of the people of Hong Kong” and sending warships into the South China Sea: dramatic confirmation of my characterization of Brexit as a repost to China-led globalization, as the “upholding of the international liberal order” as Johnson puts it with, of course, the City of London at its head. Add to that the push for the neutralization of the Trump presidency, the enforcement of the new Munro Doctrine in South America and the co-option of Australia and other former colonies and we are well on the way to a London-led Oceania.

MSN

Australia’s oldest ally has vowed to challenge Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea by sailing two new aircraft carriers through the disputed waterways on a freedom-of-navigation operation.

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Australia could align with Asia in Trump era

Posted by seumasach on November 21, 2016

So much for  Oceania! The dominoes are falling in Asia, firstly, with the Philippines and several other countries moving into China’s orbit but now with Australia seemingly poised to exit the Anglosphere. This comes as a blow to the idea of an orderly retreat from empire. The facts on the ground point in a different direction. Hopefully the new US presidency will take an equally pragmatic approach and embrace the rising powers rather than continuing to go against the flow of history.

 

Straits Times

18th November, 2016

SYDNEY • For Australia, the election of President-elect Donald Trump has raised fears about the previously unthinkable: the fracturing of the more than 65-year-old alliance between Canberra and Washington.

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Why American military doctrine Is doomed for fail

Posted by seumasach on October 3, 2016

This article provides some background to the Pentagon’s recent coup against the White House. Their goal is not so much to have a war with Russia but to scupper peace so that they can prepare the military for an eventual confrontation. They know that the current balance of forces is unfavorable. In the meantime , as Theresa May along with the other  Brexit ministers made clear to the Tory Party Conference, it is about using “soft power’ and the “world’s best intelligence services” to advance imperial aspirations. Foreign Secretary, Johnson’s anti- Russia speech made clear that the Brexit government is now aligned with the Pentagon. The war party seeks to consolidate it’s hold on Oceania, an alliance of Anglo-Saxon peoples plus South America whilst preparing for a final showdown with Russia and China.

Federicao Pieraccini

Strategic Culture

An analysis of US generals’ growing dissatisfaction with the political leadership in Washington sheds new light on the direction in which the American military machine is heading. In particular, it is interesting to observe the military planning for the future of the sea, air, space, cyberspace, and land forces.

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‘Australia woos U.S., Canada after rejecting Chinese bids for Ausgrid’

Posted by seumasach on September 14, 2016

“While China is Australia’s biggest trading partner and a major investor, Canberra cooperates closely on intelligence matters with Canada and the United States.”

As with Brexit the message is clear: never mind trade and investment, lets cement security ties with the Americans. Australia can now take it’s place in Oceania, an extreme right-wing neo-feudal remake of Orwell’s dystopia alongside kindred spirits such as Brazil’s Michel Temer and our own Theresa May. The end of globalisation is the talk of the town now that it is being led by China.

Asia Times

14th September, 2016

SYDNEY (Reuters) – North American bidders will not need an Australian partner to bid for Australian electricity distributor Ausgrid, an advisor on the potentially A$10 billion ($7.46 billion) deal said, after the government rejected sole offers from Chinese interests.

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Brazilian politician who led Rousseff impeachment is expelled from office

Posted by seumasach on September 13, 2016

Guardian

13th September, 2016

Brazil’s political bloodletting claimed another high-profile victim on Monday when the lower house voted to expel its former speaker Eduardo Cunha for perjury, corruption and obstruction of justice.

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Australia must choose between US and China

Posted by seumasach on September 1, 2016

Asia Times

 

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A senior U.S. soldier said on Thursday Australia must choose between a stronger U.S. alliance or closer ties with China, and urged Canberra to take a tougher stance against Chinese claims in the South China Sea.

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Chinese political donations highlight Australian anxieties

Posted by seumasach on August 25, 2016

Since the anglo-saxon economic model is simply incapable of generating investment in the real economy Australia, like the UK and the USA, has become dependent on inward investment from China. It is now rebelling against this dependence, biting the hand that feeds it, along with it’s kith and kin in the USA and Britain in an alliance of losers. In this Oceanic dystopia “security concerns” trump economic interests. At the same time the notorious role of big money in running the political system suddenly becomes a problem when it’s a question of China rather than the homegrown oligarchy, or the Americans, buying politicians.

Asia Times

24th August, 2016

MELBOURNE–An influx of political donations from Chinese concerns has focused anxieties about the rising superpower’s growing influence here, while sparking calls for reform of the country’s lax political finance laws.

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Could Trump pull off a post-party coalition?

Posted by seumasach on August 19, 2016

I think this is a credible outline of the Trump agenda: it ties in with the Brexit agenda and the emergence of an anti-China front which curiously replicates the Oceania of Orwell’s 1984. Essentially, it envisages a reconstruction policy without engagement with China. It is extremely questionable that such an Listian economic nationalist program can work in today’s conditions. It presupposes that capital goods and commodities can be imported for an ever devalued dollar. It presupposes that the USA still possesses the skills base and the national ethos for such a program, that it can accept sacrifice and a massive shift from consumer to capital spending. It presupposes that the US financial system can be adapted to productive capital investment and that the managerial, bureaucratic basis for a centrally directed economy can be put in place. And, above all, it presupposes that oligarchical interests can reconcile themselves to the dirigiste model which has hitherto been a taboo, that the political conditions for a latter-day New Deal exist. Is this, in the end, the last illusion of a USA which is rejecting a globalisation which it no longer controls?

Pepe Escobar

Sputnik

17th August, 2016

Hillary Clinton, Queen of Chaos, Queen of War, Golden Goldman Girl, for all practical purposes is by now the official bipartisan candidate of US neocons and neoliberalcons alike.

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China warns ‘protectionist’ Australia on investment

Posted by seumasach on August 17, 2016

Asia Times

SYDNEY/BEIJING (Reuters) – Australia’s decision to block the A$10 billion ($7.7 billion) sale of the country’s biggest energy grid to Chinese bidders was a protectionist move that would negatively affect investment in the country, China’s Ministry of Commerce said on Wednesday.

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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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