Gregory Copley: China’s massive encroachments into Australian political life—buying off politicians incl a recent Australian foreign minister who became a lackey of Beijing. . . A nation can’t be sovereign if it can’t control its food supplies.
The May Fourth Movement (Chinese: 五四运动; pinyin: Wǔsì Yùndòng) was an anti-imperialist, cultural, and political movement growing out of student participants in Beijing on 4 May 1919, protesting against the Chinese government's weak response to the Treaty of Versailles, especially allowing Japan to receive territories in Shandong which had been surrendered by Germany after the Siege of Tsingtao. These demonstrations sparked national protests and marked the upsurge of Chinese nationalism, a shift towards political mobilization and away from cultural activities, and a move towards a populist base rather than intellectual elites. Many political and social leaders of the next decades emerged at this time
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Gregory R Copley, author, Sovereignty in the Twenty-first Century; ed and publ of Defense & Foreign Affairs; in re: China. Confrontation between Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, and US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. Wang had a temper tantrum, threatened the US Navy, Taiwan, and the US-North Korea conversation. In this era, the world is entertaining thoughts on national sovereignty.
China always understood that there’d be a need for a showdown; with the European Union, which evaporated into a pile of jelly; now is having to rebuild its strategy to confront and push back against Trump, who stopped the inexorable rise of the PRC and the inexorable decline of the US [and kowtowing to China]. Beijing talks globalism and is a profoundly nationalistic government, incl control over it resources and food supplies, of which the PRC has inadequate supplies, esp food. A nation cannot be sovereign if it cannot control its food supplies; in WWII, Britain went from being a net food exporter to being a net food importer.
Chinese people flocked to authoritarian leadership in the knowledge that it was restoring prestige and pride to China such as hadn't been seen since the last empress. . . .
Australia has prospered for these last decades as China’s demand for resources . . .
China has made massive encroachments into Australian political life, literally buying off politicians incl a recent Australian foreign minister, who became a lackey of Beijing; China is also buying lands and agricultural capabilities. Australia is now starting to import foods, which is ot healthy for either China or Australia. Australia is massively urbanized – 89.6% - so voters think in short terms, not in the longer term, as farmers do.
Australia’s GDP has been growing less rapidly than its neighbors, such as India and certainly China (930% bigger than Australia’s); and Indonesia. In relative terms, Australia’s capabilities have radically declined; it had lots of oil refineries, but now has only a 15-day supply.
Coral Sea: Chinese inroads in PNG, Vanuatu, and others. Australia is not yet seeing it being as dire a threat as is needed.