… and what the reaction might be.
I’m talking about the US response to the news that the Chinese government has been able to purchase – for not even the cost of peanuts – the voices and votes of significant players in the Labor party. The most notable instance is Senator Sam Dastyari sending his bills to a Chinese businessman to be paid, and then occasionally saying things along the lines of ‘It’s not our business what China does in the South China Sea’.
And today, the response arrives, courtesy of the Oz:
The US has expressed its alarm about the influence of China and the Beijing government in Australia’s domestic politics and wants reforms to eliminate China’s ability to use financial donations to influence Australian politicians.
It signals the extent to which the US has been stung by a series of revelations about Chinese financial support of Australian parties and politicians, culminating in the forced resignation of NSW senator Sam Dastyari from the Labor frontbench.
It is obvious that US concerns extend beyond Senator Dastyari. The implication in Mr Berry’s remarks is concern about the widespread and systemic application of Chinese finance in our politics.
The Americans appear to have worked out that, after for so long being a good and faithful ally, the current leaders of Australia are:
- a bunch of dills
- who can be bought very cheaply
- and who have no understanding of global strategy, and their part in it.
It’s so embarrassing to be writing this. We are so ill-served by our politicians. For 100 years, it has been a really, really dumb idea to upset the Americans. As in, ‘utterly destroy your country’ dumb. And yet these brain-dead morons are happy to rub dirt in America’s face for a few thousand dollars a time.
Anyway, here we are. Australia is now ‘in play’. The Chinese, in the most gauche and crude manner, have signalled that they think we can be bought, and have started the bidding. The Australian politicians, numpties one and all, are lapping up the attention and falling over themselves to deal themselves into the game.
Now – what will the Americans do?
Australia is a grand strategic asset. I expect the Americans to play hard, with both ‘carrot’ and ‘stick’. I hope they do.
Australia faces both great risks and great opportunities here. And I don’t trust any of our power elite to get it right.