Trade Minister Don Farrell meets with Chinese ambassador as sanctions, tariffs continue

Trade Minister Don Farrell says he wants Chinese sanctions on Australian exports lifted within a year after meeting with Beijing’s top envoy to Canberra. Senator Farrell revealed he had spoken to Chinese Ambassador Xiao Qian at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Wednesday evening, describing the meeting as a “positive vibe”. Senator Farrell … Read more

China vows crackdown on ‘hostile forces’ as public tests Xi

BEIJING (AP) — China’s ruling Communist Party has vowed to “resolutely crack down on infiltration and sabotage activities by hostile forces,” following the largest street demonstrations in decades by citizens fed up with strict anti-virus restrictions. A massive show of force by the security services Wednesday sought to deter further protests. The statement from the … Read more

China’s Iron Fist, The Type 075 Assault Ships, Ready For Invasion Combat

In yet another demonstration of its ability to rapidly modernize its military capabilities, the Chinese navy on Sunday reportedly announced that its two latest amphibious assault ships are ready for combat. The South China Morning Post (SCMP) on Tuesday reported that the PLA Navy’s first two of the class, Type 075 amphibious assault ships named … Read more

Amid Rising China Tensions, India And US Practice High-Altitude Combat Near Disputed Himalayan Border

Amid rising tensions with Beijing in the Indo-Pacific, Indian and US troops are currently holding their annual high-altitude military drill, “Yudh Abhyas,” in the cold, mountainous region about 100 kilometers from the Line of Actual Control (LAC), India’s disputed border with China. The joint-military exercise, which began on Nov. 15 and will conclude on Dec. … Read more

Dr Nick Coatsworth says worst of pandemic is happening now

One of Australia’s top doctors has deemed the current global coronavirus landscape as the “most serious moment” the world has seen since the outset of the pandemic. Former deputy chief medical officer Dr Nick Coatsworth on Wednesday warned it was inevitable the virus would soon overcome the power of Xi Jinping, who until about a … Read more

China Will Use ‘Any Means Necessary’ To Stop Protests, Anti-Xi Jinping Uprising: Communism Survivor

A survivor of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution warned that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will use “any means necessary” to blunt any uprising against Chinese President Xi Jinping’s “zero-COVID” policy. Mass protests erupted across China last week as the CCP leader tightened his grip on the nation’s COVID-19 lockdowns, leading to clashes between police and … Read more

China, US Continue On Collision Course As PLA Alleges Navy ‘Violated Sovereignty’ In South China Sea

Despite efforts by the two nations to cool tensions, relations between Washington and Beijing continued on a collision course Tuesday as the Navy rejected China’s claim that it had “tracked and dispelled” a US warship from waters near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. “The actions of the US military have seriously violated … Read more

China Covid protests: Foreign Ministry spokesman’s awkward silence during press conference

A top Chinese official has been temporarily left speechless after being asked about the country’s ongoing protests against zero-Covid policies. The brutally awkward silence by Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian — dubbed a “malfunction” and “complete breakdown” by social media users — came after a question by a Reuters journalist. “Given the widespread display of … Read more

Gina Rinehart’s huge pay day as Roy Hill Holdings adds $2.3b to its fortune

Mining magnate Gina Rinehart has pulled in a staggering $2.3 billion from her most successful venture. Ms Rinehart’s mine in Roy Hill, controlled by her private company called Hancock Prospecting, generated an eye watering profit of $3.3 billion in the past 12 months, up until July this year. Although that sounds like a lot of … Read more

Ukraine War, China Lockdowns Could Push US Economy Into Stagflation In 2023

The ongoing Russian-Ukraine war and lockdowns in China in the face of interest rate hikes could renew supply chain woes and push the US economy into stagflation in 2023. Chamara Gunetileke, the senior director at Acuity Knowledge Partners, an analytics and business intelligence firm, warns that the threat of stagflation is real. “We believe the … Read more