It’s the prize no sane country wants to win, but Labor – egged on by the Pacific Islands – is clawing its way into the running to host COP 29 in 2024.
The possibility was discussed during the Pacific Island Forum in Fiji where the newly elected Labor Party have been doing their best to rebrand Australia as the land of climate luvvies. For the Pacific, Climate Change means yet more millions from Australia’s wallet, so it’s no surprise they cheered Albanese on.
‘In the Pacific Island Forum communique it is reflected the support of all of, every single one of, the island nations support for our bid for a Conference of the Parties on climate change to be held with Australia and the Pacific,’ said Albanese, stumbling through a Biden-esque address.
The whole thing felt awfully like watching a blind man being mugged by teenagers.
It’s a little early for Albanese to be getting excited. He might not be around for COP 29 given it won’t be discussed until COP 27 – then he has to survive COP 28.
Considering that Big State control and international environmentalism is on the nose with the people who grow our food, Australia could be a pirate nation by then, floating in the Pacific with pitch forks and a less-friendly ‘welcome to country’.
Sri Lanka is a warning, one that Albanese has ignored by throwing money at it. $50 million in ‘aid’ to help Sri Lanka stop people smuggling, $22 million to the World Food Programme for Sri Lanka, $23 million in ‘development assistance’, and $5 million to the United Nations for Sri Lanka. That was in June. Is throwing money around working? No amount of money can fix the rotten politics coming out of the UN and WEF.
The governments of the Pacific Islands, as part of their support for Albanese’s COP 29 vanity project, are demanding Australia make further cuts to their emissions due to ‘fears’ over rising sea levels. Note that they are not making the same demands of China.
According to the ABC, in 2020 – a quiet year – China emitted 13.8 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide while Australia only managed 512 megatonnes. If the Pacific Islands truly believed their scare-mongering rhetoric, they would be at China’s embassy 24/7, begging, crying, and screaming – or refusing to do business with them instead of making China their biggest consumer of food and resources. Isn’t it morally wrong to reward the world’s largest climate vandal that’s ‘literally killing the planet’ with emissions? Never mind.
There is something wrong with the continuity of emotion offered by the Pacific Islands – something not quite right with their ‘science of outrage’ – yet they are never called out because too many people think Mafia-style cash donations to ‘climate’ will guard against Chinese expansionism. It won’t.
A basic understanding of who is emitting carbon dioxide makes the impassioned speech by Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama sound all the more hollow.
‘Throughout every meeting and discussion I’ve held this week, I have been clear and consistent in our asks for more ambitious climate commitments. We simply cannot settle for anything less than the survival of every Pacific Island country. Most urgently, it requires that we end our fossil fuel addiction, including coal. That is our ask of Australia. That is our ask of New Zealand, the USA, India, the European Union, China and every other high-emitting country.’
At the moment China only seems ‘willing to discuss’ Climate Change – meaning China has tied ‘Climate Change’ to their worrying ‘security’ deals in the Pacific Island region. Sort of a ‘we’ll talk about Climate Change if you let us station troops and equipment’ in everything but name.
Then there is the behaviour of the Pacific Islands themselves, who – in Fiji’s case – described their emissions as ‘negligible’. (The same is true of Australia.)
What sort of carbon emissions are coming out of Fiji’s gold and copper mines? According to the Epoch Times, ‘The Lands and Mineral Resources Ministry has issued two special prospecting licenses to Chinese mining company Ding Jing Mining Pty Ltd.’ This is despite the locals disapproving and is in addition to their current mining operations.
Fiji, along with other Pacific Islands, are in possession of untold riches in deep sea rare earths minerals – minerals that are becoming extremely lucrative with the push toward solar panels, wind turbines, and batteries. Forcing large countries into renewables dependency vastly increases the mining wealth of the whole Pacific region.
Most of the island nations are either already dabbling in oil, coal, and gas exploration (see Papua New Guinea) – or are about to start. Australia is their market competitor as well as an idiot customer for rare earths.
This is what we would call a conflict of interest – or at least a detail worthy of a harsh side-eye when it comes to lecturing Australia about mining.
Meanwhile, China is aggressively trying to secure a Pacific-wide agreement in the name of ‘regional stability’ – something China could fix on its own by not threatening Taiwan or invading smaller Pacific Island territories – or even by not turning coral reefs into military bases with guns pointed at disobedient islands. China’s agreement is heavy on ‘increased security’, access to resources, and cyber security. It also expresses communism in various disguises, cited as a ‘Five Year Action Plan on Common Development’ and ‘Common Development Vision’. If you’ve read any of China’s ‘common development’ ideas, they usually involve the subjugation, financial entrapment, environmental ruin, and abuse of whomever signs them.
Micronesia President David Panelo has begun throwing up red flags, stating that, ‘The practical impacts, however, of Chinese control over our communications infrastructure, our ocean territory and resources within them, and our security space, aside from impacts on our sovereignty, is that it increases the chances of China getting into conflict with Australia, Japan, the United States and New Zealand.’ He then went on to criticise the Chinese provision of customs systems, saying that they would involve the ‘biodata collection and mass surveillance of those residing in, entering and leaving our islands’.
China’s vision doesn’t scream ‘laid back tourist destination’.
While China prepares for some ‘friendly’ annexation, Australia’s Labor envoy is out there stumbling about saying things like, ‘China has made its intentions clear. So too are the intentions of the new Australian government. We want to help build a stronger Pacific family.’
Someone needs to ask Foreign Minister Penny Wong how that can be achieved with dicey governments and endless Australian money pouring into nowhere while China continues to strangle Pacific Island economies to the point they cannot breathe without Beijing agreeing. It’s why the Solomon Islands was forced to break all trade relations with Taiwan in order to secure China’s deal. That’s not very ‘friendly’ now, is it?
The realities don’t sound very nice because they are not nice at all. Before Labor shreds all the hard-earned money of Australians into China’s savings box, maybe they should step back and properly look at the game the Pacific Islands are playing.
We have been mislead by the illusion of ‘innocence’ in a manner that one might call paternalistic. Poor Pacific Islands, we must throw money at them or they’ll sink! This is simply not the case, and if it’s not the case – what is really going on?
If Pacific Islands want lasting freedom, protection, and trade with Australia – let’s do that – we absolutely should do that – but not on the back of threats and self-harming demands. Living under the shadow of communism turns paradise into hell pretty fast. All Australia has to do is make itself stronger and wait.
The Pacific will get sick of China.
Alexandra Marshall is an independent writer. If you would like to support her work, shout her a coffee over at donor-box.
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