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A Hit for AUKUS

by Oui Sat May 21st, 2022 at 02:27:31 PM EST

Scott Morrison resigns 😁

Great move ... good luck with your nuclear submarines build by UK-US corporations to fight climate change as Australia burns under the heat of our Sun 🔥☀️🌪


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by Oui (Oui) on Sat May 21st, 2022 at 09:26:25 PM EST
Who are the independents likely headed to parliament after election night's 'teal bath'?

These candidates were backed by a well-funded campaigning machine called Climate 200, which raised about $12 million from more than 11,000 donors.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat May 21st, 2022 at 09:41:11 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat May 21st, 2022 at 09:42:15 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat May 21st, 2022 at 09:43:02 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat May 21st, 2022 at 09:43:37 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat May 21st, 2022 at 10:12:55 PM EST
Scott Morrison rejects claims the Biden Administration expected Labor to be briefed on AUKUS deal months in advance | Sky News Aus - 5 days ago |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 22nd, 2022 at 02:04:33 AM EST
Six weeks election campaign to convince Labour will be just as tough on on China as the Conservatives of outgoing PM Scott Morrison.

Pacific leaders congratulate Albanese

Albanese will be sworn in as the 31s prime minister on Monday along with four senior party members, even as vote counting continues, before heading to Tokyo to attend a Quad summit on Tuesday with US President Joe Biden and the prime ministers of Japan and India.

The Solomon Islands' recent signing of a security pact with China was a major election issue for outgoing prime minister Scott Morrison, with Western allies concerned it could provide a gateway for a Chinese military presence in the Pacific.

China's foreign minister, Wang Yi, is expected to visit the Solomon Islands this week, local media have reported, although Reuters could not confirm that with Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare's office.

In a statement on Sunday, Sogavare said his nation "remains Australia's steadfast friend and development partner of choice".

Australia's new Foreign Minister Penny Wong says climate change policy will be key to fostering stronger relations with Pacific island countries

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 23rd, 2022 at 12:17:41 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 23rd, 2022 at 12:18:36 PM EST
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QUAD Summit 2022: US President Biden lays out new Asia-Pacific trade pact during QUAD meet | WION |

🤣 not kidding ... just rhetoric ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 23rd, 2022 at 12:19:37 PM EST

U.S. and Australia Act Badly Over Solomon Islands: Lose PR Battle by Mimicking Chinese "Wolf Warrior" Diplomacy

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 23rd, 2022 at 12:20:38 PM EST
by Cat on Mon May 23rd, 2022 at 04:38:26 PM EST
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Soon for AUKUS subs only 🐳

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 23rd, 2022 at 06:08:01 PM EST
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Solomon Islands distance 2000 km in Australia's sphere of influence ... we'll intervene militarily.

China hits back at Australia over Solomon Islands 'red line', saying 'the Pacific is not someone's backyard'

Joe Biden better hurry as #kiribati is nominated to sink under sea level before the century ends ..

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 23rd, 2022 at 12:23:09 PM EST

Kiribati: a drowning paradise in the South Pacific | DW Documentary |

Be wise ... no more war! ☮️

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 23rd, 2022 at 12:23:48 PM EST
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Biden arrives and voices a military threat to one China policy ... or did nothing change according to the home crowd at the White House, State and Pentagon ... similar to the Ukrainian frontline.

Chip production and electronic manufacturing should return to the US ... MAGA.

THE FUTURE OF US POLICY TOWARD CHINA Recommendations for the Biden administration | Brookings Institution - Nov. 2020 |

  • "Evolving the US base structure in the Indo-Pacific"
  • "Competing with China in Southeast Asia: The economic imperative"

Views, opinions and strategic options ... Biden takes the hard line and confrontation. The war hawk he has been since half a century from the Cold War era.

As America's policy choices narrow to two extremes, a new proposal for a middle path | Lowy Institute - May 20, 2021 |

There is a growing bipartisan consensus in Washington on a tighter embrace of Taiwan, which may soon become a stronger implied US commitment to go to war in the event of a Chinese invasion.

Taiwan matters to US security and the regional order, and the United States should continue to make clear that aggression is unacceptable. But those advocating a stronger US security commitment exaggerate the strategic consequences of a successful Chinese invasion. The stakes are not so high as to warrant an unqualified US pledge to go to war. American decision-makers, like their forebears confronting the seeming threat of communism in Indochina, may be trapping themselves.

The old man has little time left, he wants to make the most of it ... life to the fullest. 😡🔥

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 24th, 2022 at 03:53:21 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 24th, 2022 at 03:54:23 AM EST
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Too bad for Austin ... the boss sits in the White House and not the Pentagon ... following orders.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 24th, 2022 at 03:55:52 AM EST
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The US is "playing with fire", China warns after Biden's promise to defend Taiwan.

Joe Biden's remarks on Monday were his most forceful to date on the Taiwan issue, and they came against a backdrop of rising tensions over China's growing economic and military might #JoeBiden #China #Taiwan For more details see ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 24th, 2022 at 03:56:53 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 24th, 2022 at 06:19:08 AM EST
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Quad Summit: World faces 'dark hour' with Ukraine war, says Biden | BBC News |

In his opening remarks at Tuesday's summit, Mr Biden said their meeting was about "democracies versus autocracies, and we have to make sure that we deliver".

The Ukraine war, he said, "is going to affect all parts of the world" as Russia's blockade of Ukraine grain exports worsens a global food crisis.

Mr Biden promised the US would work with allies to lead the global response, reiterating their commitment to defend international order and sovereignty "regardless of where they were violated in the world" and remaining a "strong and enduring partner" in the Indo-Pacific region.

After their meeting, Mr Kishida told reporters that all four countries "including India" agreed on the importance of the rule of law, sovereignty and territorial integrity; and that "unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force will never be tolerated".
India is the only Quad member so far that has refused to directly criticise Russia for the invasion.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 24th, 2022 at 11:35:18 AM EST
Remember him?

You think Orban and Duda are bad ... wait 'till he sits at the desk in the Oval Office in 2024!

PS the campaign of David Perdue tanked and Brian Kemp will win the primary for Governor.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 24th, 2022 at 11:38:42 AM EST
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What's Next for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)? | CFR - Sept 2021 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 24th, 2022 at 11:39:39 AM EST

Japan Not Planning To Join AUKUS: PM Fumio Kishida

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 24th, 2022 at 11:40:43 AM EST
Talking about NZ or Australia, often reminds me of blogger canberra boy at BT and ET ...

Saying Sorry, Howard Style | by canberra boy - Aug 2006 |

Wave Hill Walk Off


Russia's Putin to PM Abbott: 'Bring It On!' @G20 Summit | Nov. 2014 |

I love it! Recently Australia's PM Abbott declared he would "shirtfront" Putin personally when he shows up at the G20. Putin didn't come alone ...

Abbott's macho challenge to Putin immature | Global Post |

"I am inviting you to my house, but when you arrive I will meet you at the door and knock you flat over on your face." This in essence is what Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott had to say on the subject of Russian President Vladimir Putin being invited to this year's G20 Summit in Brisbane in November. By contrast, at last year's meeting in St. Petersburg, the Australian delegation was treated with every courtesy.

True, a lot has happened since 2013, with Abbott incensed by the loss of 38 Australian lives when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was downed over disputed Ukrainian territory.

Abbott said initially that he would "shirtfront" Putin on arrival for the G20 meeting. A "shirtfront" is an especially brutal form of tackle in the Australian version of football, with the victim left broken and prostrate. Later the feisty Abbott amended his remarks to say he would engage in a "very, very robust discussion" with Putin. In response, the Russian embassy in Canberra noted that Abbott's remarks were not only "immature," but also that shirt-fronting had now been declared illegal in the Australian sport.

Cameron mocks Putin for his naval show of strength | The Times - video |

Malcolm Turnbull will become Australia's 29th prime minister after beating Tony Abbott in a dramatic leadership ballot in Canberra | SMH - Sept 15, 2015 |

A long running feud between Washington and Moscow ... causing so many innocent deaths, wounded, suffering and destruction.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 27th, 2022 at 11:39:58 AM EST

The Administration's Approach to the People's Republic of China

The bullying acts continues unabated ... is the US running scared and refuses any form of diplomacy ... won't hold open talks with so-called adversaries ... building large military alliances will only lead to a most devastating confrontation ... losing global leadership. One cannot ignore a vast nation with such 1,5 billion population. Already the US has lost the Muslim community across the globe thanks to the years of Republican and Democratic leadership failures.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 27th, 2022 at 08:02:02 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 27th, 2022 at 08:21:57 PM EST
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America accused of gunboat diplomacy in Indo-Pacific

China's Pacific Policy: Reconciling the Irreconcilable | Summer 1995 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 27th, 2022 at 08:23:03 PM EST
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Gunboat diplomacy in the South China Sea

China has described the South China Sea as its sovereign territory where it has the right to intervene economically and militarily. The United States has described the South China Sea as a global commons, where freedom of navigation and the rule of law are in its national interests. These two worldviews currently coexist in an unstable peace where each side claims its own version of international law should apply, and occasionally, goes to arms to defend it. All of the claimants to the South China Sea are willing to use force if necessary to implement their policies, yet no nation knows how far the other is willing to go. The result is a chess match of gunboat diplomacy: the maritime show of force that aims to influence the policy-makers in the targeted nation.

A New Era of Gunboat Diplomacy | NY Times - Nov. 2011 |

Related reading ...

"Military Engagement with a Responsible Stakeholder: The Taft Administration and Qing Imperial China"

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 27th, 2022 at 08:24:10 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 29th, 2022 at 01:44:51 PM EST

Too hot for humans? First Nations people fear becoming Australia's first climate refugees | The Guardian - Dec 17, 2919 |

IPCC report 2022: Australia threatened with more flood, fire and drought  UN Climate Report sketches vulnerability

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 5th, 2022 at 02:46:44 PM EST
A breath of fresh air ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 6th, 2022 at 01:53:48 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 8th, 2022 at 03:16:18 PM EST

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