Hidden behind the news of the usual political headlines on climate policy and vaccine deployment, the next Australian federal election will continue to either submit the country to the future of Chinese rule or fight for freedom in principle. Decide if you choose to do that.
In the week I saw former Australian Labor Prime Minister Paul Keating address National Press Club According to research firm Oxford Economics, trade statistics begging Australia for obedience to China’s inevitable hegemony show that Australia’s exports to China have actually increased by 24 percent since last year.
In addition, Australian products completely locked out of China have found markets elsewhere after Prime Minister Scott Morrison sought an independent investigation into the origin of COVID-19.
China’s trade war against Australia should have set us a model for other countries that would give in and not challenge China. But that’s not happening.
The largest country in the world has declared a trade war with Australia. Australia has won.
Morrison, willing to submit to the political and economic coercion of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), took considerable political risk and upheld Australia’s values and principles.
Many politicians would not have done it, especially during the pandemic.
It is here that Morrison’s courage infuriated Keating and again blamed Australian values and the Morrison government.
He blew up Morrison in an April 2020 call for an investigation into the origin of COVID-19, which was first identified in Wuhan, China.
COVID-19 has killed millions of people around the world and has severely disrupted the economy and families. You would think it fair to ask a question to everyone’s lips.
Where did it come from, why and how it was released, and how can we prevent mass mortality from reoccurring in the future?
However, freedom of speech is prohibited in China. Morrison’s question infuriated the CCP, imposing high tariffs on Australian imports such as barley, beef and wine, and cutting off all ministerial contact.
Instead of supporting Australia’s position, Keating stands on the side of Beijing, where the Chinese Communist Party has “saved millions of people from poverty”, which has achieved rapid economic growth over the past few decades. Should be respected.
But if you really want to find an Asian success story that lives in peace with your neighbors, why didn’t Keating (or Albanese or Wong) quote Taiwan, Japan, or South Korea?
These democracies offer a much higher standard of living for their people, as well as freedom of expression, freedom of speech, and the right to vote for the government if they choose to do so. These countries also do not threaten other countries or enslave their own people.
Even more worrisome is the great influence of Keating on the Australian Labor Party (ALP). In fact, neither ALP nor opposition leader Anthony Albanese returned from Keating’s comments.
“I effectively support the Biden administration’s position in catastrophic competition, which means strong diplomacy and involvement.” Albanese said soon.
Engagement is another term for appeasement, kowtowing to CCP, accepting a list of 14 requests, and returning (or late) from AUKUS back to the good old days.
Mentioning AUKUS, senior Labor lawmaker Tanya Plibersek said it was time to consider details, including Australia’s “sovereign power,” as Canberra secured the deal.
“But we also have interests and relationships that are much closer to home. We need to work with ASEAN countries,” said Preversk. Sky news australia..
It seems that there is always “but” in labor.
None of these statements seem to overly convince Labor to actually commit to AUKUS.
Instead, shortly before the federal elections, workers do not seem to want the coalition government to have their anti-US ideology and perhaps AUKUS built-in and provide ammunition to attack them in a position to get rid of nuclear submarines.
By doing so, Beijing sees this as an olive branch, a sufficient plea, and as Keating points out, it will continue to expand military and economic throughout the region and become an inevitable hegemon. I know it will be possible.
But why does this need to worry about everyday Australians?
As the authoritarian state continues, the Chinese Communist Party has subdued Tibet, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and Hong Kong, and is soon considering invading Taiwan.
Unless they face it, the entire region, including Australia, will be under their control, as this government does.
Australians are proud of their history and do not want to lose our freedom, democracy and standard of living.
Australians do not support an alliance with a system that does not focus on human life or suffering, or the individual rights of each citizen.
The engagement policies expressed by workers have retreated significantly for the freedom and security of democracy in Australia and around the world.
The next Australian federal election will determine whether we will win the Albanese, Keating, Dana Andrews-style government, or whether we will stand firmly.
The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.