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Maybe Mr Xi could fix Mr Turnbull's crappy 3rd rate NBN


Jan 24, 2018 10:31 PM
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China Woos Guinea with Satellite-TV DealPeople watch a television broadcast of the results of presidential elections in Nairobi, Kenya, on Oct. 30. Kenya is one of 25 African nations where the Chinese government is attempting to help more locals access satellite TV. Photo: IC

People watch a television broadcast of the results of presidential elections in Nairobi, Kenya, on Oct. 30. Kenya is one of 25 African nations where the Chinese government is attempting to help more locals access satellite TV. Photo: IC

China has signed an agreement with the oil-rich West African nation of Guinea to bring satellite-TV services to more than 300 villages, reflecting Beijing’s ongoing soft-power push in the continent.

The agreement is part of China’s ambitious plan to provide such services to 10,000 villages in 25 African countries by the end of 2018. The plan builds on a concept introduced by President Xi Jinping in 2015 at the sixth Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, held in Johannesburg.

China’s Ministry of Commerce on Tuesday announced the deal, which was signed last month. Beijing-based StarTimes Group, which offers direct-to-home pay-TV services, will carry out the project, according to the Chinese Embassy in Guinea.

StarTimes will provide satellite dishes for free and is expected to charge the equivalent of a $1 subscription fee per month, StarTimes Vice President Guo Ziqi said.

“Before we entered this market, the average fee for a cable or satellite TV package for a family was about $40 dollars per month,” Guo said. The company, with nearly 10 million subscribers in 30 African countries, said they aim to introduce more Chinese TV series that “combine both African and Chinese cultural elements” and “become a channel for cultural exchange.”

Its packages currently include several local African channels and a wide selection of Chinese news, entertainment and sports programming.

Beijing has rolled out similar trials projects in villages in Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya and Uganda.

“The pay-TV operator is playing a vital role to further China’s soft-power diplomacy agenda in Africa,” Dani Madrid-Morales, a doctoral fellow at the City University of Hong Kong, told news site China Africa Project. “It’s a huge effort to get Africans to understand China.”

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does the TPP affect chinas new silk road project?
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The TPP was always designed to counter the OBOR. but America dropping out set it back, With it now back on albeit with the biggest economy (about 25% of the world) it will try to get back on track. They will now try to get the US involved again. I wouldn't be surprised if it actually happens under Trump, but if not it will happen under the next resident

OBOR is targeting emerging economies with the plan to grow them quickly. What the percentages look like now or in 5 years will be nothing like they will be in 10-20 years with OBOR being maybe 75% or more of the worlds economy
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Australia takes over Solomon Islands internet cable amid spies' concerns about China

Australia's spy agencies were so concerned about the security and strategic risks posed by a plan for Chinese firm Huawei to build an internet cable linking the Solomon Islands to Sydney that the Turnbull government will now largely pay for the project itself.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed it has taken responsibility for the undersea fibreoptic cable, including paying for the bulk of the project – which will cost tens of millions of dollars – through the overseas aid program.

The cable will provide fast and reliable internet to the small Pacific island nation, which now relies on satellites.

The step is highly significant as it shows the lengths to which the Turnbull government was willing to go to ensure the cable project could go ahead without Huawei's involvement.

he Solomon Islands under former prime minister Manasseh Sogavare signed up Huawei Marine to lay the cable connecting to Sydney. But Australia made it clear to Honiara that it had security concerns about the Chinese telco plugging into Australia's internet backbone, with Nick Warner, the head of spy agency ASIS, personally warning Mr Sogavare last June.

Huawei has previously been banned on the advice of security agency ASIO from being involved in the National Broadband Network.

Mr Sogavare was replaced as prime minister in November by Rick Hou, a former senior World Bank adviser who is well respected in Australia. Mr Hou had been highly critical of the circumstances in which Huawei Marine was awarded the contract under his predecessor.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs told Fairfax Media the government has entered a contract with the Australian telecommunications firm Vocus to carry out the initial work.

"They will undertake a scoping study and identify potential solutions to bring high-speed telecommunications to Solomon Islands," she said.

"The bulk of the funding for this project will come from Australia's Official Development Assistance program."

She said the Solomons project would be consolidated with a project to lay a new cable connecting Papua New Guinea with Australia, creating "significant efficiencies on cost". The cost of the Solomons project alone has previously been estimated at $86 million.

According to the federal government's AusTender website, Vocus is being paid $2.8 million for the scoping study for both the Solomon Islands and PNG. The department spokeswoman said that this study would define the final cost.

Fairfax Media understands Australia was concerned about the security implications of Huawei being involved in connecting to Australia's critical infrastructure, but also more broadly about a Chinese firm – even a private sector one – extending Chinese influence into the Pacific through the cable project.

The Solomons originally identified a British-American company to do the work and had secured backing from the Asian Development Bank. But the previous government abruptly switched to Huawei, prompting the ADB to pull out, saying that the "Huawei contract was developed outside of ADB procurement processes".

A Huawei spokesman said: "We've been advised by the Solomon Islands Submarine Cable Company that Vocus has been contracted to undertake a scoping study but that's all they have said to us."

Jonathan Pryke, a Pacific islands expert at the Lowy Institute, applauded Australia's move, saying that it made strategic and security sense while also providing much-needed development.

"There's clearly a strategic objective to this project. It's to make sure there's no opportunity for third players like China or a Chinese company like Huawei to swoop in and provide a cable to PNG or the Solomons that could affect strategic interests and compromise Australia's security."

He said Chinese development would be welcome in the Pacific if it were more transparent and added there had been concerns in the Solomon Islands about the opaqueness of the Sogavare government's deal with Huawei Marine.

The cable company's CEO, Keir Preedy, was not available for comment. Mr Hou's office did not respond to email requests for comment.

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Should I get rid of my Huawei mobile phone Isaac? Do you think they are listening in?
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Probably Thumbs Up  Listening in, I mean.
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I would be shocked if they weren't listening in where they could AA, just as we listen in on anyone we can or the US or Russia Britain, or anyone does. 
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and what would you have to hide pt? nothing as you are their friend.
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Kiwis are listening too, as are Nth Koreans. Nothing to hide here Isaac. Anyone who wants to can listen to me

What are you hiding, and from whom?
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hiding?LOL

just keeping  a finger on the china pulse, as you do in the potus thread.

but i suppose im more interested in the interests of aus, than you are.

and keeping those unheard readers of tbv informed.

a matter of balance, i believe.
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Prime Malcolm Turnbull at odds with New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern over refugee offer


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PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern are at odds over claims Australia’s neighbour is encouraging people smuggling.


According to a report yesterday people smugglers have been taking advantage of New Zealand’s offer to take in refugees.

The Australian Prime Minister backed those claims and moved to inform New Zealand they were benefiting from his country’s border protection policy.

Mr Turnbull said a number of people-smuggling boats had recently been intercepted by Australian authorities, with their crews suggesting they were planning to go to New Zealand.

“The people smugglers are absolutely ruthless,” Mr Turnbull said.

“They use all of the social media we use and they use it very skilfully and market any scrap of information that they can and so they were very busy marketing and promoting New Zealand as a destination recently.”

However The Australian reports Prime Minister Ardern moved to defend her offer to resettle refugees from Manus Island and Naura, claiming it was “not new” and had been made as far back as 2013 under former Prime minister John Key.

“Chatter among people-smugglers has ebbed and flowed for many, many years … keeping in mind of course that Tampa was over 15 years ago, so that’s not a new issue.”

The Australian has also reported that a boat was intercepted by Australian authorities just prior to Christmas, and that smugglers on board the vessel had said New Zealand was their destination.

Sri Lankan police had also reportedly stopped two other vessels who said they were attempting to get to New Zealand.

Intelligence officials also said that increased “chatter” in the past few months had put New Zealand as a prime destination for asylum seekers.

An intelligence source reportedly said that the rise in people-smuggling was down to the fact that the Ardern government’s proposal to take refugees from offshore detention centres.

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I am very interested in Australia and the post WW11 world order remaining in place. Pointing out the bleeding obvious Chinese global activity isn't supporting them. 

You on the other hand claim to be anti China, yet support Trump who is doing his best to make China/Russia great again, handing the world order to them and building real and economic walls to isolate themselves from China 
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No need for anyone to listen in to much .
With the UK falling behind in
the highest migrant slots to Australia we are now being populated by China & India in the main.

Our people with ancestry from those Areas appear to integrate very well and are a bonus to our Growing Nation.

I can't comment on how many from there,    wear Burkas ( for obvious reasons )      " Yoke Yoyce "
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What does NZ have to do with China? Confused
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Originally posted by Passing Through Passing Through wrote:

What does NZ have to do with China? Confused

Well for a start I think their real estate values ( as in principle) differ.
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I dont think Isaac's article had anything to do with real estate values unless he thinks that a heap of asylum seekers moving into neighborhoods would draw down his Chinese friends investment property values LOL
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I'm glad you backed a winner PT, but for future reference the 4th horse was a little stiff, The Gavel , fwiw.
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you brought nz into it pt by suggesting nz were listening in to.

took the opportunity to  expand the topic.LOL careful what you wish for.....
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China tells world: It’s us or the United States ahead of President Trump’s Davos speech

BEIJING’S message to world leaders was loud and clear and comes as US President is set to take the world stage with his own message.

Debra Killalea@DebKillaleaCHINA has given the world a blunt choice by asking global leaders to choose between Xi Jinping’s global outlook and that of US President Donald Trump.

In a strongly worded editorial by the state’s news agency, Beijing said the world needed to choose between “two fundamentally different outlooks” which included the Chinese President’s shared future and Mr Trump’s America First policy.

The commentary, by Xinhua, comes as global leaders and policy makers gather in the Swiss town of Davos for the World Economic Forum which draws to a close on Friday.

Mr Trump has already attended a gala reception and dinner with European business chiefs.

The US President is due to address the forum on its closing day at the end of a week that saw his administration announce a new package of trade tariffs targeting China and South Korea, and spark upheaval on the currency markets.

The glitzy annual gathering at a Swiss Alpine resort has drawn politicians, CEOs and celebrities to ponder public policy and global co-operation for more than 50 years.

Mr Xi last year delivered the first address by a Chinese leader at the forum where he took up the torch of global trade to the delight of the well-heeled audience then anxious about Mr Trump’s inauguration.

He was absent from this year’s forum, but that didn’t stop China from delivering its own message to the world.

Xinhua said the world can either choose between China’s vision or Mr Trump’s “self-centred America First policy (which) has led his country away from multiple multilateral pacts and infused anxiety into both allies and the broader world”.

“Although what he is about to say at the globalist brainstorming feast on Friday remains guesswork, few believe this particular pulpit would be able to make him turn his back on the poster boy of a rising isolationist tendency that many fear is fragmenting the world,” the editorial reads.

It goes on to say the “Xi-style collaborative approach” is the only way forward because of “the interests of different countries have become so closely intertwined that mankind has no future but a shared one”.

China and the US have had a testing relationship in recent months with tensions increasing over Mr Trump’s push for China to do more over North Korea.

During the US election campaign, Mr Trump was outspoken about his opposition to Beijing’s global trade policy.

In 2016 he told a rally in Indiana the country was responsible for “the greatest trade theft in the history of the world”.

“We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country, and that’s what we’re doing,” he told the crowd.

Beijing has made no secret of its ambitious plans for global growth in the past.

In a 3 ½ hour speech given while opening a five-yearly national congress in October last year, Mr Xi set out his country’s ambitious plans to become the world’s biggest superpower within the next 30 years.

The Chinese President spelt out his time frame for the country to become a “global leader” with international influence and said “it was time for his nation to transform itself into a mighty force” that could lead the entire world on political, economic, military and environmental issues.

US OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Earlier this week White House officials said the President was going to the World Economic Forum to promote his economic policies.

Top Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn said the President was going to Davos to “tell the world that America is open for business”.

Administration aides say he will use his maiden appearance to play salesman-in-chief, making the case for investment in a revitalised America.

“(This trip) is about an America First agenda but America First does mean working with the rest of the world,” US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

“It just means that President Trump is looking out for American interests, no different than other leaders look out for their own.”

Mr Trump’s business-friendly tax cuts and a record-breaking bull run on Wall Street have wowed many in the Davos crowd.

But the decision by Mr Trump — the self-styled anti-globalist president — to attend the world’s most notable gathering of globalists, and at an exclusive Swiss ski resort no less, has left some scratching their heads.

Mr Trump has criticised global pacts, withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on trade, demanding changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement and announcing his intent to exit the Paris climate accord.

However, in a an interview with CNBC to be broadcast in full on Friday US time, Mr Trump suggested he was open to the United States joining the TPP, which he had rejected only a year ago.

China’s stinging editorial also comes after Mr Trump imposed tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines last week in a blow to China’s export market.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross conceded that China could slap retaliatory tariffs on US products following the decision this week to impose tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines.

Mr Ross said there’s “always potential for retribution and retaliation and that’s up to the Chinese to decide”.

China’s stinging editorial also comes after Mr Trump imposed tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines last week in a blow to China’s export market.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross conceded that China could slap retaliatory tariffs on US products following the decision this week to impose tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines.

Mr Ross said there’s “always potential for retribution and retaliation and that’s up to the Chinese to decide”.

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'This is different rich...It's crazy': the Chinese riding the spending boom

It's Friday night at Chadstone shopping centre in south-east Melbourne, and a queue has formed outside the Chanel boutique. A sign at the store's entrance says it's full: "Due to safety reasons, we are unable to let any more clients in at this time." A dark-suited staff member stands near the sign, as if to deter anyone so desperate to spend $7000 on a handbag that they are thinking of forcing their way inside.

Chadstone is Australia's largest shopping mall, with more international designer-label boutiques than anywhere else in the country. Dior, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, Prada, Armani, Burberry, Givenchy, Valentino, Fendi – they're all here, under the soaring roof of the centre's high-fashion precinct. And Chanel isn't the only one making prospective customers wait for admission. As I join the throng on an indoor boulevard, I see lines snaking out the doors of Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. In the air, there is barely contained retail mania. And the sound of people speaking Mandarin.

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Anson Chan [ Iron butterfly] was the first woman and Chinese

appointed to the role of Chief Secretary of Hong Kong when the

city was under British rule. She was seen as a symbol of stability

when China kept her on as HKs top civil servant after taking over

twenty one years ago.

Her warning for Australia at the National Press Club...

'I don't think any country dealing with China should be under any

illusion as to the objectives of the communist party leadership.

You are dealing with a country that does not share Australia's

core values. So these must be a concern in terms of looking at

Australia's own security interests,moral interests and moral

concerns. Australia should stay firm on its values and principles,

that is the basis developing its relationship with China, because

the line between state ownership and private ownership in China

is a "very blurred and movable line."


"Obfuscation and corruption are standard fare for totalitarian regimes and hence Chinese business.  In the longer term interests of Australians, the WA government must not capitulate to Chinese demands and insist that the Chinese demonstrate that they have met the initially agreed terms of the lease in full before any variation or extension will be considered.


Under no circumstances should Chinese interests be granted freehold ownership of any Australian territory.  China's activities and attitude, whether globally or locally, demonstrate that China has no respect for the rights and sovereignty of other nations; and that makes China untrustworthy.  We also need to be mindful that, despite appearances of private ownership, communism means that everything is ultimately owned by the state; so any Chinese freehold land ownership would in reality be owned by the Chinese government and hence communist party."


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"I learnt a very good lesson 10-15 years ago when I negotiated a contract with a large Chinese organisation.   after 3 months of sometimes heated negotiation a contract was signed and things started to move.



one time , about 3 months later, I arrived at their offices for a high level meeting to arrange the next phases to be implemented.   The contract was on the desk and after some cool greetings my counterpart looked me straight in the eye and said, as he picked up the contract, "we wont be needing this anymore".  he placed it in his bottom drawer and then started to discuss how he and his company would now be implementing the project with no reference to the contract at all.



Contracts mean little to Chinese companies, particularly in China.  they simply do business on their terms only."

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Controversial China book may get parliamentary protection

Key members of Federal Parliament’s national security committee are backing a move to use the committee’s powers to publish an explosive book on Chinese Communist Party influence in Australia.

Committee chair and Liberal MP Andrew Hastie and deputy chair Anthony Byrne, a Labor MP, are among those supporting the move despite the potential for diplomatic fall-out, according to multiple sources.Fairfax Media has also confirmed that the office of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been briefed on the deliberations of the committee and has no objection to it publishing  the manuscript.

Two major publishers ditched the manuscript, by a professor of public ethics at Charles Sturt University, Professor Clive Hamilton, citing fears Beijing or its proxies would launch legal action.

he publishing of the manuscript by the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security would further jolt relations between Canberra and Beijing, as the book exhaustively details clandestine efforts by the Chinese government to co-opt and influence Australian politicians, universities, think tanks and the media.

It may also anger several influential ex-politicians, including former foreign minister Bob Carr and former trade minister Andrew Robb. The book is highly critical of the pair’s dealings with billionaire businessmen closely aligned to the Chinese Communist Party.In discussions last week, the committee shelved plans to publish the book as an addendum to Dr Hamilton's far shorter submission to its inquiry into the Turnbull government’s proposed laws to counter foreign interference.But by receiving the manuscript of Silent Invasion: How China Is Turning Australia into a Puppet State as an exhibit, the committee has retained a power to publish it.

One of the concerns raised last week inside the committee about publishing the book was the appropriateness of granting it the parliamentary power of qualified privileged - which prevents the authors of submissions from being sued, and protects others such as journalists who re-publish the contents of the book.

Three committee members were understood to have been concerned that tabling the manuscript would enable a commercial publisher who otherwise wouldn’t print the book to do so.

But that concern has been made redundant this week, with Fairfax Media on Monday confirming that publisher Hardie Grant has already sent the book to the presses and would release it in March.

The debate inside the committee about publishing the book will likely move this week to a weighing up of the desire to promote free speech and debate versus the potential blow-back from Beijing or those adversely named.

Earlier this year, Melbourne University Press become the second leading publisher after Allen and Unwin to ditch plans to publish the book over concerns the Chinese government or its proxies would launch legal action.

Allen and Unwin’s decision to ditch the book in November due to "potential threats to the book and the company from possible action by Beijing" caused international headlines.

It’s understood that at least one senior Melbourne University official raised concerns about Beijing’s ability to dissuade students from attending the university if MUP published the book.

However, MUP chief executive Louise Adler said this did not influence her board’s decision. Ms Adler said she welcomed Hardie Grant's decision to publish the book.

The manuscript has been sent to the committee’s secretariat along with its two most senior members, Mr Hastie and Mr Byrne. Both declined to comment on Monday.

Last night, a spokesman for Mr Hastie said: “The internal deliberations of the [committee] are confidential. The deputy chair and I are in strict agreement on this point.”

But last week, while Mr Hastie questioned Dr Hamilton in the committee about publishers ditching his book, the Liberal MP said: “What's really at stake here is not just sovereignty, national security and our long-term economic prosperity but our democratic tradition, including free speech, free press and free thought.”

Mr Byrne asked Dr Hamilton: “You have the manuscript of a book but you are saying to this committee 'you can't publish this book because of the influence of a foreign power'?”

Dr Hamilton’s manuscript is the most detailed examination conducted outside of government of clandestine foreign interference activities in Australia involving Chinese Communist Party operatives and proxies.

The Chinese government has dismissed as unfounded, biased or racist previous reports about such activity, including a landmark Fairfax Media-Four Corners investigation.

But the government in December introduced new laws aimed at countering foreign interference by China and other states.

The controversy around Dr Hamilton’s book and the decision by Hardie Grant to publish has a precedent. As a barrister in the 1980s, Mr Turnbull successfully opposed the British government’s attempts to ban the book Spy Catcher by one of its former intelligence operatives.

That book was published by Sandy Grant, the owner of Hardie Grant, who has also agreed to publisher Dr Hamilton’s book.

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Probably nobody here interested but big news for catholics the past week or so is that pope frankie and the fruitloops running the vatican these days have sold out to China.

Firstly they have said that the communist govt can appoint their own bishops (puppets of the communist Patriotic Catholics Association, who have no standing in the catholic church), and have asked several genuine, authorised bishops to step down. This is an almost unbelievable move, considering the suffering and persecution (jailings, disappearances, torture) of the true "underground" catholics. It is a heartbreaking and shocking betrayal for the faithful catholic chinese.

Secondly, they have said that China is showing "global moral leadership" in tbeir practice of principles of catholic social doctrine. Why? Because they show us how to "subordinate things to the general good."

You won't read about this stuff in the media. Thought I'd share. It's obviously not just about religious hypocrisy and power play - it's indicative of the shifting sands of global politics these days.
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