Australia – the paper pussy

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Australia has been warned.

Australia – Chinese relationship – being strained by pointless comments from the powers that be – in Canberra – fueled further by Australia’s media.

Australia is a vassal state to the United States – a situation developed for a number of reasons after the Second World War – principally due to security.

The area of contention is the Spratly islands in the South China Sea – the U.S. is supporting Japan, Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia. The problem with the area is the apparent huge reserves of oil and gas – China seeks these reserves as does the other countries in the region.

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Bear in mind that Australia has no territorial claims in the South China Sea – but has nevertheless opened their mouth – calling on China to recognize the International Court of Arbitration’s ruling on the area.

While the International Court of Arbitration ruled against China’s claims – Beijing does not recognize the decision as legitimate and are relying on historical significance – since 200BC mind you – a ‘nine dash’ map marking – that was proposed well before the Second World War – an area that included all the islands in the South China Sea.

This being before the ‘carve up’ made by western nations through the United Nations on territorial waters – imposed after the Second World War.

The US and its Pacific allies have expressed opposition to China’s construction of a series of artificial islands – claiming Beijing is attempting to establish an air defense zone.

Meanwhile – China maintains it has every right to build ‘within its own territory’ and that the islands will be used primarily for civilian purposes.

Now why would Australia – poke the Panda – when they have no claim?

One wonders why they do not keep their mouth shut – and mind their own business.

No – the powers that be decided to instigate the mouthing off process to China – which they then earned the rebuke in an Op Ed in the Chinese Global Times – for the Australian Government – ‘to mind its own business’ – ‘Australia is not even a paper tiger – it is a paper cat’ – or words to that effect.

“Australia’s power means nothing compared to the security of China. If Australia steps into the South China Sea waters, it will be an ideal target for China to warn and strike.”

Message received Canberra?

No – appears not – as now it is reported – through Fairfax Media – that Australia may commit assets to assist the U.S. in monitoring the joint Chinese – Russian war games in the area – and yes – war games are regularly held between China and Russia – it is basically an annual event.

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So there we have it – a lovely state of affairs – Australian economic interests may suffer through the meddling in these matters – and one would be fully aware that the U.S. has the technology and is quite capable in monitoring these ‘war games’ – without the assistance of the vassal state of Australia.

And now China has placed their military, police and civilians on a war footing – sabre rattling?

In a prior blog on this site – I stated that the whole situation of the Spratly islands was a ‘bad joke’ for President Xi Jinping – in that the initial action on these islands – after his appointment – was to appease his opponents.

I stated that it was probable – that they would cease and desist after the international courts decision was handed down.

Appears that this ‘bad joke’ is escalating – and one thing that the Chinese do best is ‘saving face’.

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The “CULT OF FACE” is an idiosyncrasy of Chinese culture – the concept of “Face” is perhaps most difficult for Westerners to fully grasp.

Take notice Australia – and the United Stares and other allies – the most important concept in understanding the Chinese mind is the strong motivating force of “saving face”.

And for the record – from The Diplomat magazine:-

China highly appreciates Russia’s stance on the territorial disputes in the South China Sea outlined by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in his interview to the Chinese, Mongolian and Japanese media ahead of Lavrov’s visit to these countries, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said on Wednesday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov earlier said concerning the South China Sea issue that it is necessary “to stop any interference in the talks between the parties directly involved (in them) and attempts to internationalize these disputes.”

Seems that Russia’s knows how to play chess – and yes in the process – they do support their ally Vietnam – donating four old warships to boost the Vietnamese navy presence in the South China Sea.

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