Is Australia declaring war on China? We hear a great deal these days about China’s abuses in the South China Sea, the genocide inflicted on the Uyghurs, but less about the increasingly aggressive border disputes with India, and the creeping takeover of Tibet and possible Nepal. These are all part of China’s belief that it is their destiny, even right, to rule South-East Asia, if not the world.

     I realize that sounds like apocalyptic paranoia, but all China’s actions, if taken together, definitely point in that direction. They are slow and methodical in their approach, but the goal is blatant and the commitment appears solid. Xi Jinping has accelerated the pace of this movement, but it has existed for a very long time. He is President for life, which makes the process easier, but he is not getting any younger, which means his window of opportunity is closing.

     The latest target of his greed for power and control appears to be Australia. The Chinese Communist Party, read Xi Jinping, has given Australians plenty of reasons for concern. The vituperative anger when the Dalai Lama visits, the buying off of Australian politicians, the attempts to influence academic research at Australian universities are all part of an obvious plan. A policy of flooding Australian universities with Chinese students, and then actively supporting those students’ programmed criticisms of their “treatment” is another example. Australia is geographically at the southern end of the South China Sea, and it is difficult not to believe that China’s future plans call for a surreptitious nibbling away at land grabs in that direction.

     In an extraordinary outpouring of bile last year, the Chinese embassy in Canberra enumerated fourteen (14) grievances against Australia. No Chinese official would dare do that without the specific orders of Xi Jinping. All part of the plan to sow discontent and subversion,

     The Australian Secretary of Defence recently declared that his country was “already under attack”. He warned that a war over Taiwan could not be discounted, and that the priority was defending Australia’s waters. Other civil servants have used the words “drums of war” in describing China’s aggressive actions.

     China is Australia’s most important market for vast exports of iron ore and coal. Beijing is now beginning to use this advantage by applying tariffs and other arm-twisting actions. Again, it is difficult not to see these actions as part of a master plan. Is Australia declaring war on China may be a more relevant question than any of us would like to think.

     I suggested in another blog that the U.S., as the only country that China fears, should send a U.S. Navy Carrier Task Force on a courtesy visit to Taipei, making sure they sail the length of the Taiwan Straits in the process. I also suggested that the carrier hang a large banner on its side facing the Chinese mainland that says “Just Try It”. Someone has to act, before the only way of stopping Chinese aggression is war, and no-one wants that.

     It was interesting to note that Britain’s latest full-sized carrier, the “Queen Elizabeth II” will soon depart on its first deployment, accompanied by U.S. and European warships and fighter jets. Its itinerary includes passage through the South China Sea. Hurrah, it’s ABOUT BLOODY TIME SOMEONE WOKE UP!

     Is such a deployment aggressive? Yes, but it’s far better than having to send her to help defend Australia in the future.

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