The audacity of China arresting journalists who have been critical of their Covid response while arresting Hong Kong activists is appalling!
Prosecution of 10 Hong Kongers detained in mainland China after allegedly attempting to flee to Taiwan also began on Monday
Add this latest crack down to the long list of human rights abuses by China…
- Current Hong Kong crack down.
- Harvesting body organs from executed political dissidents.
- Uyghur gulags.
- Tibetan oppression.
- South China Sea encroachment.
- Corrupt and punitive judicial system.
This all happening at a time when China is trying to pick fights with Australia.
China’s Wolf Diplomacy to whip up nationalistic fervour is masking a fear of internal dissent.
This crackdown on critical voices coincides with the take down of Alibaba’s Jack Ma.
This is a country preparing for something.
Expect China to violently take Hong Kong, sabre rattle over Taiwan and threaten anyone in the West who says otherwise to send a domestic and international message of brutal strength.
The question is, what does NZ do?
While America is our Political Master, China is our Economic Overlord.
We must urgently see economic decoupling from China as a national security issue.
To date NZ has managed to keep out of any direct confrontation with China because China bought the National Party and the National Party did everything in their decade of power to bend over backwards to China.
Key put all our cows in one Beijing paddock off the back of Helen’s free trade deal, and we’ve been trapped ever since.
The fact there was an alleged Chinese spy inside the National Party caucus for a decade highlights how compromised National had become.
With their investment in National wasted, soft power turns to hard force very quickly.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said China’s statement it would “poke the eyes” of anyone who interferes in its sovereignty was not “language we would use”.
China could ‘poke out our eyes’ in 3 ways.
Economically – They could strangle off exports and hurt the economy.
Militarily – They could shoot down an American satellite launched by RocketLabs from a submarine off the East Coast.
Domestically – We know Chinese newspaper editors in NZ all take their editorial stance directly from the Chinese Government and calling for mass demonstrations against the Government for whatever perceived insult would cause enormous upheaval that could easily spill into something ugly.
NZ-Asians face the most overt racism in NZ, there is a huge tension beneath the mild surface of NZ society, and we aren’t prepared if it ruptures from geopolitical tensions.
The naked truth is that Chinese aggression may spill into the South Pacific early in 2021 and we won’t have the luxury of sitting on the fence post.
NZ is going to be forced to take sides.
Are we ready for that debate?
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