China Shall Strive to Win Over Australia instead of Pushing it to US Side


Chinese ship and helicopter are seen during a search and rescue exercise near Qilian Yu subgroup in the Paracel Islands, which is known in China as Xisha Islands, South China Sea, July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

Chinese ship and helicopter are seen during a search and rescue exercise near Qilian Yu subgroup in the Paracel Islands, which is known in China as Xisha Islands, South China Sea, July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

In its report titled “China irked by ‘wrong’ Australia remarks, Philippine leader eyes talks”, Reuters said that Australian Foreign Minister Julie “Bishop told ABC radio on Wednesday that China’s reputation would suffer as a result of the court ruling, insisting relations with the international community were crucial to its rise as a superpower.”

It quotes Bishop as saying “To ignore it would be a serious international transgression”.

China protested as Bishop said that Australia would keep exercising its international rights to freedom of navigation and overflight, and support the right of others to do the same in the South China Sea.

This blogger believes that China may be overreacting. It must be aware that its construction of artificial islands, though aiming at defense against the US, is regarded as a threat by Australia, especially the militarization of the islands. It pushes Australia closer to US side.

That is just the same as US pivot to Asia. The pivot aims at containing China, but Russia regards it as a threat to Russia’s east and began to seek closer ties with China. China has been greatly benefited by the pivot in having a reliable de facto ally in Russia. Through Russia, it has been able to build closer relations with Central Asia and preventing India and Vietnam from joining the US in containing China.

True, both India and Vietnam have been improving their relations with the US, but they have their hesitation because of Russia. India has even joined Russia- and China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Russian remains Vietnam’s major source of advanced weapons so that it cannot switch to US side unless the US can sell Vietnam advanced weapons with a substantial discount that the US cannot afford.

Therefore, while using US and Australian freedom of navigation operations as excuse to militarize its artificial islands, China shall make diplomatic efforts to bring Australia to its side or at least make it keep equal distance between the US and China. That is certainly possible as China has close business ties, including a free trade agreement with Australia.

China is precisely making efforts to bring over the Philippines. It is lucky for China that the Philippines has a new president who wants to keep equal distance between China and the US to maximize its benefits from both countries.

Reuters says in the report, Philippine new president “Duterte privately told his ministers to be magnanimous and not to taunt Beijing.

“He broke his silence on the issue late on Thursday (yesterday) at a private function and said he wanted dialogue with China and to send former President Fidel Ramos to Beijing to break the ice.

“Duterte added it was important that any overtures toward China would also take into consideration the Philippines’ longstanding alliance with Washington.”

Asia has lots of shrewd leaders such as Russia’s Putin, Japan’s Abe, India’s Modi and Philippines’ Duterte.

The US is stupid to balance China alone with its pivot to Asia that has given rise to Russia-Chinese de factor alliance. It should have watched those leaders playing their game of balancing China and sometimes helped them where there was an opportunity.

However, that may lead to a multipolar world. The US wants to subdue China alone with legal means but has failed as China just ignored the arbitration ruling. The US, instead of China, is isolated as few countries have joined the US in urging China to respect the ruling. China, however, has subdued the US by the development of its military strength to make the US unable to bring China to its knees with its powerful air force and navy.

As the US has got a ruling but cannot get any support in Asia in urging China to respect the ruling, it makes everybody in Asia believe that the US fails to contain China. China has not rises to be number one in the world, but it is now number one in Southeast Asia and no one can contain it.

That is a long topic that I will elaborate later on US geopolitical failure when it has got a ruling to contain China but shows its weakness in failing to enforce the ruling.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Reuters’ report, full text of which can be viewed below:

China irked by ‘wrong’ Australia remarks, Philippine leader eyes talks

China said on Thursday it had issued a formal protest after Australia announced it would continue to exercise its right to freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea following a court ruling against China’s claims.

The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled on Tuesday that China had no historic claim to the waters and it had violated the Philippines’ economic and sovereign rights.

China rejected the ruling, having declined to participate in the case saying the court had no jurisdiction. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said late on Thursday he wanted to start talks with China, although he suggested some careful thinking would be needed first.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop urged all South China Sea claimants to resolve their disputes peacefully, saying Canberra would keep exercising its international rights to freedom of navigation and overflight, and support the right of others to do the same.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China had formally protested against Australia’s “wrong remarks”, and that China hopes Australia does nothing to harm regional peace and stability.

“Honestly speaking, I’m a bit shocked at Bishop’s comments,” Lu said.

Australia should join the majority of the international community in not taking the result of the “illegal outcome” of the case as international law.

“We hope that Australia can set more store by international law, and not treat it as a game,” Lu added, repeating that China respected freedom of navigation and overflight in accordance with international law.

While China and Australia have close business ties, including a free trade agreement, Canberra is also a strong security ally of the United States.

Bishop told ABC radio on Wednesday that China’s reputation would suffer as a result of the court ruling, insisting relations with the international community were crucial to its rise as a superpower.

“To ignore it would be a serious international transgression,” she said.

‘WAR NOT AN OPTION’

The Philippines has been careful not to irk China and has refrained from any celebratory words. In the hours after the ruling, its normally brash and outspoken Duterte privately told his ministers to be magnanimous and not to taunt Beijing.

He broke his silence on the issue late on Thursday at a private function and said he wanted dialogue with China and to send former President Fidel Ramos to Beijing to break the ice.

“War is not an option. So, what is the other side? – Peaceful talk,” Duterte said. “I can not give you the wherewithals now. I have to consult many people.”

Duterte added it was important that any overtures toward China would also take into consideration the Philippines’ longstanding alliance with Washington.

“We do not also want to offend the United States. Why? Because we have indemnified ourselves allied with Western power,” he said.

China claims much of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion of trade moves annually. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have rival claims.

Meeting on the sidelines of a regional summit in the Mongolian capital, Ulaanbaatar, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told his Vietnamese counterpart on Thursday that he hoped Vietnam would together with China jointly safeguard maritime peace and stability, state media in both countries reported.

Li repeated China’s stance that the South China Sea issue should be solved bilaterally “on the basis of historical facts and in accordance with international law”, state news agency Xinhua said.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Additional reporting by Jane Wardell in Sydney, Neil Jerome Morales and Manuel Mogato in Manila)

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13 Comments on “China Shall Strive to Win Over Australia instead of Pushing it to US Side”

  1. Joseph says:

    Australia is already on the verge of total economic collapse because of its attitude towards it Asian neighbors. There is something wrong with Australian people mind to think that they matter toward neighbors. For them, trade with their Asian neighbors is the privilege they may grant their neighbors to their heart contents, while the fact is they need their Asian neighbors in the region much more than their forebears on the bankrupt Europe. They always love to treat their neighbors ‘boldly’, believing that the Asian neighbors need Australia more than Australia needs them. In the past they had abruptly canceled a binding cattle export contract to Indonesia to force Indonesia to buy their overpriced cattle stunners to slaughter the cattle ‘humanely’. When Indonesia refused they insulted Indonesia by ‘granting permission’ to resume the cattle contracts. The contract was never restored, by Indonesia, causing economic hardship for their cattle industry. Australia once had a mining boom with China that saved them from 2008 GFC. But they blowed it up with their manipulative attitude towards China on market price. The Australian bewitched India for Uranium believing that Indian contract would give them an edge to Chinese uranium contract. The Indian, devious as always, promised only to buy but never really bought. Then there was a milk boom with China, in which New Zealand sold Australian milk to China. Without comprehending that their milk export quantity was insignificant to Chinese whole consumption, the Australian loved to insult China by comparing their ‘high quality’ milk to Chinese tainted milk crisis nearly ten years ago, and the Chinese stop buying Australian milk, even through New Zealand. Then Australian dairy farmers had to dump away their unsold milks because no one else bought them. The only thing that still sustains Australian fledgling economy is its property market for Chinese buyers. Chinese property buyers, including SE Asian Chinese buyers, were made scapegoats for Australian housing unaffordability and restricted to buy only brand new apartments, leaving them vulnerable to dodgy property developers. The real culprits for Australian unaffordability were in fact Indian and European buyers, who were not restricted to buy lands and cheap housing to rent out at high price. But now it seems the Chinese government is fed up. There are rumors that Chinese government had restricted its citizens to buy properties in Australia, which has triggered panic selling. Property agents and developers across Australia fear that with the Chinese leaving, Australian property boom could come crashing down, leaving Australian landscapes littered with ruins of unfinished buildings.

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    • alking1957 says:

      I hope your last paragragh is true, serves them right!

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    • James says:

      “..There is something wrong with Australian people mind to think that they matter toward neighbours”
      – it’s called arrogance with a sense of moral superiority over other cultures.
      And there’s only a few countries in the world with a chance to change this arrogance.
      China, if u are listening, whatever you decide to do to change this maligned view, no half measures. 85% of the world’s population wil be better off. The West has already decided they cannot permit the rise of China at its own terms. China will just have to fight its way up.

      Again, China does not need Australia, but Australia cannot do without China.

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  2. simon says:

    We must understand the American strategy in SCS with their fake arbitration case

    Chinese idiom – Point to a Deer and Call it a Horse (指鹿為馬)

    they are probably testing who is USA allies and who is China allies

    Australia need to re assure USA that they are allies of USA. ( calling the deer as horse)

    Would Australia ever respect a ruling made by a foreign court? the answer is NO..

    USA is preparing a war against China.
    China should get ready for such possible scenario.

    USA embark on their massive campaign to portray China as ” bad actor” in the international community, international pariah. out law state

    so that, they would wage war against China with the Support from International World.

    Just war theory

    Chinese strategy – Waging war with Noble Values, in the name of Justice and Good cause to attract international support.

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  3. johnleecan says:

    Agree that Australia will never side with China. But it should be noted that Philippines will also never side with China. Filipinos look at westerners like it’s their god. The only way that China can change this behavior is to defy the Americans and stand up to their rhetorics, intimidations and propaganda. Their fonops should be met with an overwhelming number of military ships, boats, submarines, drones and jet fighters. Ships and planes should perform attack formations against them. And if war comes, demolish the Americans.

    These Americans doesn’t respect China and what the master do, the dogs(Filipinos, Japanese, and Australians) will do. I should add that Vietnamese, Indonesians and Indians also can’t be trusted. Singaporeans(like Hongkongers) who are actually Chinese but thinks they are better than other overseas Chinese should also not be trusted. Yes, mainlanders do have an attitude problem but there is hope for change. But when it comes to war with China, all Chinese should remember their roots and help the motherland.

    China should change their No First Use policy and will not use nuclear arms on non-nuclear armed states. It should warn southeast asian countries that in a war with America, the South China sea may be turned into a nuclear waste sea. Allies of America who host American bases should also be nuked.

    China’s approach of helping other countries economically will not earn their respect. They view the Chinese like money trees that they will take advantage of and will forsake them as fast as you can blink your eyes. Only by destroying American military confidence will earn Chinese respect and fear. Fear means like a naughty child who is afraid of his father and not like the fear of a store owner of the triad, which is what the USA is.

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  4. Simon says:

    Australia is one of the group of “Five Anglo Alliance” that groups America, Canada, Britain, Australia and New Zealand, they all breathes out of the same nostril. You cannot pull the Ozzies to China’s side. Australia keen to impress their bigger brethrens and waste no time to stoke tensions and want to be a little America. The way to deal with Australia is to squeeze them economically, treat them as a nuisance, sail into its waters.

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    • Steve says:

      Agree – Without detailed elaboration, China’s foreign ministry, Lu Kang just lashed out to Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop not to take the illegal award of the illegal arbitration as international law. The Australian foreign minister said something very stupid regards the arbitration and China has forwarded a complain that Australia is not a party to the SCS issue and China has threatened bilateral relations. This is serious because China has warned it will take necessary measures against Australia on its bilateral relationship.

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  5. Steve says:

    That is indeed a very funny heading, ‘Win over Australia instead of pushing it to US side.’ Remember the Vietnam Genocide, Iraq genocide, Libya genocide, Syria genocide and Australia’s very own ‘Perfecto Genocide’ on the Aborigines.? The US and Australia are Blood Brothers in Genocide. They are inseparable Twins, stuck from the head down to toe nails. Australia is shameless in joining any American led invasions.

    Only this week one retired former Philippine Minister said that this one sided Arbitration farce has a strong backing from the US. He said it’s typical of the US snd Western Powers to first condemn a bad boy as in the Iraqi President, Libya, Syria and then gather alliances for invasion. He said the same thing is now happening to China with this one sided arbitration farce. He went further and said Philippines had a bad leader in Aquino allied with the US against China. He and others strongly supported bilateral negotiations with China and hoping that President Duterte will be the man for the Filipinos. In fact I believe Philippines need a Saviour to restore the nation.

    The most important relationship for China are with the Littoral states of the SCS. Australia and US are by standers and may wish to perform FONOPs and Overflights to demonstrate their existence. Australia’s trade are highly dependent on China now than before. In a US/China military confrontation, Australia will Never side with China. The bond between US and Australia is unbreakable let alone wishful thinking of pushing Australia to China’s side……except for trade.

    China should just Sail ahead with it’s masterful economic prowess, FTAs, OBOR, Chinese Dream, Reformation, Research in Science and Technology, Space Exploration and Military Doctrine especially for high end weaponry for defence.

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    • James says:

      Aussies still don’t know which side of their “bread is buttered” FM Bishop may be putting on a talkshow for their US masters. But she could be an idiotic minister. Is Australia prepared to sail and fly within these islands to show solidarity with US? If not then its all bluster. China can economical cripple Australia if she so wishes. But not now. With FTA, China will gradually draw Australia into her sphere. China have lots of options
      China does not need Australia, but Australia cannot do without China. That is a fact.

      In the immediate future, China’s main focus has to be ASEAN. Meanwhile as you said, China must stay the cause to become a great nation again. China has the numbers and brainpower to do great things…

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      • simon says:

        The media keep telling their people that 5 trillion of trades in SCS would been in great danger if freedom of navigation been blocked .

        They dont mention that those 5 trillion of trades go in and go out from China.

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        • James says:

          Only the US and it’s lap dogs are barking about FON. Curiously ASEAN countries have been restraint knowing full well a shooting war in the SCS will economically cripple them. No one in Asia benefits from a SCS conflict within these countries.
          Only beneficiary is the US hegemon. The old game of conquer and divide is alive – stirring up unnecessary shit to create discord among neighbours.

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      • Steve says:

        Well Said.

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      • Joseph says:

        Well, the Aussie are even prepared to denounce Australian own former prime minister Kevin Rudd for the candidacy of UN Secretary General, only because Kevin Rudd was viewed as friend of China, thus traitor to Australian people.

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