Asia Australia has agreed to fund underwater internet cables and a cyber security centre for the Solomon Islands, forestalling plans by Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd that could have compromised Australian internet security. 13 Jun 2018 02:00PM Bookmark SYDNEY: Australia has agreed to fund underwater internet cables and a cyber security centre for the Solomon Islands, forestalling plans by Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd that could have compromised Australian internet security.The arrangement was announced on Wednesday in a joint-statement from the two governments during a visit to Canberra by Solomons Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela.Houenipwela was quoted by Australian Broadcasting Corp. as saying last week that the contract signed with Huawei in 2017 was scrapped because of "concerns raised" by Australia.Until Australia stepped in, Huawei had planned to lay the cables for the Pacific archipelago nation, which could ultimately have given … [Read more...] about Australia keeps China out of internet cabling for Pacific neighbour
In the Chinese version of “blind man’s bluff”, the person groping around in the dark while the other players scatter in all directions is known as the “chicken”, presumably because he lacks the guile to catch his tormentors. Or it may be an oblique reference to another children’s game where two individuals race at breakneck speed toward each other and gamble that the other will swerve at the last second. Let’s not forget that the original title for the game of bluff was “blind man’s buff” — a buff is a little push. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox As Australia moves to repair the damage from its latest diplomatic tiff with Beijing, it might be asking whether it has become the chicken in a game of brinkmanship that could become a model for China’s efforts to reshape the global order, one country and one push at a time. Relations sank a notch further after the chairman of … [Read more...] about China, Australia stuck in a game of blind man’s bluff
China wants Australian 'concrete actions' to improve ties Christopher Bodeen (Associated Press) - May 23, 2018 - 3:00am BEIJING — China on Tuesday called for "concrete actions" from Australia to improve ties following tensions over Beijing's anger with recent political moves by Canberra. The terse remarks by Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang followed a meeting between Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Australian counterpart, Julie Bishop, that produced markedly different responses from the two sides. Lu quoted Wang as telling Bishop that Australia needed to "take off tinted glasses (and) see China's development from a positive perspective" if it really wanted to get relations back on track. "Tinted glasses" is Chinese diplomatic shorthand for what it sees as Western bias. "China-Australia relations have gone through difficulties recently, which even inflicted impacts on bilateral cooperation in some aspects. That is not … [Read more...] about China wants Australian ‘concrete actions’ to improve ties
In a recent article published in the Australian Financial Review newspaper, former Australian ambassador to China Geoff Raby criticised Australia’s current foreign policy toward China and called for Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to be replaced, claiming that Canberra’s relations with Beijing would not improve until she was removed. Bishop defended herself by saying Raby was out of touch with the current state of the relationship, which she described as “good and strong”. As if to prove the truth of her words, Australian Trade Minister Steven Ciobo was due to arrive in Shanghai yesterday on a trip which he said is intended to reinforce ties with his country’s largest trading partner. Yet the fact that some former high-ranking Australian officials, including Raby and former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd, have expressed concerns and worries on the current undesirable status of China-Australia ties does point to the fact that the broader … [Read more...] about Is Australia ready to let go of its ideological bias against China?
Another example is the reports, based on hearsay, which first surfaced about a year and a half ago, claiming China was buying political influence in Australia – which Beijing firmly refuted last year. Although Australia claims to have “cured” itself of the Cold-War mentality, it still accords excessive priority to security over economic cooperation. For proof, one has to just look at Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper released in November, which highly values the country’s longtime partnership with the United States and views with suspicion the actions of China, its largest trade partner. Australia, it appears, believes in the strategy of using both China and the US to maximise its security and economic interests, but the fact is that the strategy has hampered its long-term development. Thanks to its security-centred strategy, Canberra backs the Washington-led international order. While it seeks a rule-based order in the Asia-Pacific region, it … [Read more...] about It’s time that Australia changed its China policy