Just over a week ago, China revealed an unprecedented class of hypersonic weapons.
These weapons are capable of travelling thousands of kilometres in a short period of time, and can detonate targets long before anti-missile technology is launched — both US and Australian vessels and ports are at risk.
While the Red Leviathan continues to flex its muscles internationally, Australia continues to be divided by trivial domestic affairs.
So what’s the big deal with China?
China is gaining international power at an unprecedented rate, and is showing no signs of slowing. China’s international ambitions are simply an extension of its domestic policy — authoritarian control.
Here are seven reasons why Australians need to wake up to the geopolitical threat that China poses to Australia’s national identity and security:
China is a communist dictatorship
Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin once said:
Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas?
This principle can be applied to the nation of China and its treatment of alternate ideas. In particular, it’s worth understanding the relationship between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and China as a nation.
China is attempting to imperialise Australia with its atheistic and communistic values through the Sinicisation of Australian culture.
Chen Xiankui — a Communist Party loyalist professor at Renmin University — explains the relationship between culture and the Chinese Communist Party:
The inability to distinguish between nation and government is not universal in China, despite the sustained efforts of the party over some decades… ‘love of party and love of country are one and the same in modern China’.
Due to the manner in which history is taught in schools these days, many young you are unlikely to have ever heard of Mao Zedong. Most history classes these days focus exclusively on the evils of Nazi Germany and British Colonisation.
In the West, Communism is rarely — if ever — paralleled with Nazism, despite the fact that Mao killed an estimated 36 million of his own citizens — nearly three times as many as those killed under Hitler’s Third Reich.
This problem doesn’t stop when you finish school… Aiding and abetting this is the fact that the majority of universities across Australia have no qualms preaching Marxist philosophy from the pulpits of their lecture halls.
Both ignorance and re-writing of history have caused our nation to believe that China poses no legitimate threat to Australia’s national identity, despite all the evidence to the contrary.
China is threatening our alliance with the US
Central to China’s expansive strategy is its desire to put a ‘wedge’ between Australia and the US, according to former Chinese diplomat, Chen Yonglin.
Essentially, in accordance with their fixed strategic plans, the Communist Party of China had begun a structured effort to infiltrate Australia in a systematic way.
One of the primary means by which China achieves this goal is by influencing Australia’s domestic elections. Up until just over a year ago, Chinese businesses were the largest donors to Australian political parties. This activity has since been muffled by Canberra’s ‘anti-foreign intervention laws,’ though still presents an obvious threat to Australia’s political stability and security.
The truth is, our alliance with the United States of America is paramount at this point in time.
The Chinese government is persecuting and killing Christians
Contrary to popular belief, the most persecuted group worldwide are Christians — it’s just that we don’t see it because we live in a peaceful, democratic nation built on Judeo-Christian values.
Apart from Muslim nations, Christians are most severely persecuted in Communist nations, such as China.
In one of China’s major cities — Guangzhou — Chinese citizens can now be rewarded with up to 10,000 yuan ($1,500 USD) by the Government for snitching those who practice ‘illegal religious activities’ — including meeting for house-churches.
As Christianity Today posted back in 2017:
The South China Morning Post (SCMP) reports that Communist Party of China (CPC) officials visited believers’ homes in Yugan county of Jiangxi province—where about 10 percent of the population is Christian. They urged residents to replace personal religious displays with posters of President Xi Jinping; more than 600 removed Christian symbols from their living rooms, and 453 hung portraits of the Communist leader, according to SCMP.
China is aggressively seeking to expand
China is seeking to expand itself both militarily and economically, and is disregarding the sovereignty of other nations as it does so.
Just consider a few of its most recent advancements:
President Xi Jinping announced that China would launch its ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ back in 2013 in an attempt to bolster China’s economic dominance.
In 2015, the Northern Territory Government leased the Darwin Port to Chinese company — Landbridge — for a sum of $506 million. The most shocking revelation is not the amount of money paid, but the length of the lease — 99 years. There is no question that this strategic move is consistent with China’s Belt and Road initiative.
The initiative seeks to expand Chinese banks across the globe, create major Chinese-owned trade-routes, and undertake a number of mining and energy projects. Part of this strategy involves debt-trapping nations in an attempt to gain control over their assets, resources and territory.
China has recently been under international fire for its corrupt practices with third-world nations. Essentially, Chinese banks and entities have been loaning money at low-rates to nations whom they know will not be able to remunerate.
These nations — such as Venezuela, Fiji, Tonga, and Sri Lanka — have been forced to pay for their loans by surrendering strategic ports to China, acquiring land, establishing military bases, and constructing Chinese airports.
To consider the extent of this problem, consider what The Economist has to say:
China’s overseas lending [has] risen from almost nothing in 2000 to more than $700 billion [USD] today. It is the world’s largest official creditor, more than twice as big as the World Bank and IMF combined. Yet tracking the money is hard because of limited transparency in its disclosures.
According to the recent reports, China has expanded its Taishan Antarctic Base beyond its assigned boundaries, signalling the need for Australia to invest more in the surveillance of this region.
As Professor Anne-Marie Brady writes:
China is expanding its military and modernising its military and the Arctic and Antarctic have an important part to play in that.
Though China’s Antarctic bases have not shown signs of military expansion to date, little to no investment has been made by world governments to monitor their activity. For this reason, China’s presence stands as a moderate threat to Australia’s security.
These are just a few of the many ways China is undermining the international order by seeking to advance its interests at the expense of the national sovereignty and welfare of people worldwide.
China is crushing freedom of speech
Whether it be the education system, human rights laws, or freedom of speech, China is anything but a nation that values freedom. The Chinese Government censors, filters and controls the information of its citizens using the ‘Great Firewall of China.’
According to Freedom House:
The CCP’s Central Propaganda Department, government agencies, and private companies employ hundreds of thousands or even millions of people to monitor, censor, and manipulate online content. Material on a range of issues is systematically censored, with the most censored topics in 2017 involving breaking news related to health and safety, media censorship, official wrongdoing, foreign affairs, the reputation of the party or officials, or civil society activism.
Internationally, Beijing has censored and monitored communications on its government-subsidized platforms, social media applications, and has repeatedly interfered with international news outlets.
While encroaching on the personal data of citizens is not unique to China — as we saw with the whole Facebook debacle — the uniqueness of the Chinese situation is that we’re dealing with government-subsidized and run platforms — not private entities.
The reality is, the Chinese Government is not only using these platforms to monitor Chinese citizens — but also to actively monitor anyone using its platforms.
And this behaviour is not limited to social media applications. Back in April this year, it was revealed that the Chinese-Australian Newspaper — Vision China Times (VCT) — was harassed by Chinese consular officials for publishing information critical of the Communist Party in China. Many have considered the VCT as the last Chinese newspaper in Australia that is not owned or controlled by Beijing.
The degree to which we view China as a threat to Australian culture and security will largely depend upon how severely we take the threat of its Communist ideology, and what this could mean for freedom of speech in Australia.
Australia’s domestic security is being sacrificed for money
Time and time again, money is being favoured over Australia’s national security. Ironically, this is exactly what China wants.
Rory Medcalf, Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University, sums it up like this:
Essentially, Beijing wants from its commercial partners the same deal that it has with its own people — economic benefits in return for acquiescence on politics and security.
The chief way that China is influencing Australia is through economic means — control of data, assets, ports, and trade. China seeks to generate in Australia a sense of economic dependence, in order that Australia would appease China’s decision to expand into the South-East Asia sea.
Clive Hamilton — author of Silent Invasion: China’s Influence in Australia — writes:
When I spoke to John Hu about his compatriots who are ‘loyal to Beijing’ he corrected me by saying ‘loyal to money’. In his view, none of the businessmen who do Beijing’s bidding do so because they are committed to the objectives of the Communist Party; they do what they are told because without financial backing they cannot do business in China.
While the lucrative promise of Chinese investment and political bargaining remains alluring, the price Australia will pay in a loss of national security and identity may be far greater than we realise.
Human-rights violations in China
Though limited data is available on the extent of violations, it is clear China continues to persist in abusing numerous basic human rights.
We’ve already looked at the abuses of freedom of speech, privacy, and freedom of religion, so let’s focus on three more key areas of violation.
Torture remains commonplace as a way of dealing with political dissidents, religious groups, and criminals.
According to BBC:
People detained for political views, human rights activities or religious beliefs are at a “high risk” of torture in custody, says Human Rights Watch. A report this year said that methods used include electrocution.
One of the most abused people in China are the Uighur people — Turkish living in China. According to The Guardian, more than a million Uighur people are currently in Chinese detention centres where they are being abused and used for forced labour.
China still advocates for population control, and this is manifest in its birth policies. The ‘one-child’ policy has now changed to the ‘two-child’ policy, and parents are only legally allowed to have two children.
According to the Lozier Institute, if parents in China exceed the permitted limit of two children — and cannot pay the fine for their ‘crime’ — they are forced by the authorities to abort the child.
The Handmaids Tale is no longer a myth! But it isn’t a Christian nation propagating the dystopian narrative — it’s the Communist nation of China.
The Guardian reports:
An open database in China contains the personal information of more than 1.8 million women [who are capable of bearing children], including their phone numbers, addresses, and something called “BreedReady” status, according to a researcher.
At this point, it’s not clear whether the list is government-owned; however, the government has since taken the site down.
However, what we do know is that there is a ‘shortage’ of women in China, primarily due to the one-child policy and the ubiquity of sex-selective abortion — virtually always against baby girls. As Eberstadt argues, sex-selective abortion accounted for more than half of all abortions in 2000, and the rate has shown no signs of slowing.
These facts put the BreedReady list in perspective, whatever it was, and reveal something sinister of China’s dealings with women.
While many mock those who raise concerns over Chinese expansion, it is clear that these concerns are legitimate — we mustn’t take warnings of China’s rise as ‘fear-mongering.’
If Australia desires to preserve its national identity and security, we must address the elephant in the room and stand firm against China. We must treasure our partnership with the United States and continue to bolster our national and international defences.
At the end of the day, the cost of our appeasement may only be realised once it’s too late.
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