China conflict is ticking closer
Are we ready for war with China? Senator Jim Molan, a retired major general, is warning Australians that we need to shift to self-reliance and wake up to the danger China poses in our region. He estimates that China could be at war with Australia within six years.
China has already made its diplomatic inroads, setting up bases around the Pacific rim and even held a stranglehold over Victoria’s ailing economy until the Liberal National Coalition in Canberra stepping in.
China has stepped its activities in the past few years. It has also dialled up its rhetoric. At the moment Australia seems like a lame duck.
Australia cannot rely on the senile Biden administration to show any real leadership. Instead, Australia must take its own fate in its own hands. Perhaps there can be a return to sane politics in the US, but with the rise of the fifth column of woke, cancel and critical theory loving social justice warriors, the US is in a real dilemma.
We were hamstrung by an overreaction to the fake “pandemic” which turned out to be more of a power grab for left wing governments.
Yet with warnings coming consistently from defence experts and informed military analyists, the war is coming, and wars are not easy.
Australia has been slow to realise that the Chinese dictator’s actions and threats are leading to actual deaths, on the Indian border and soon beyond China’s borders.
China authorised its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels in its absurd new territorial claims. It has taken islands from China and hovers off the coast of Taiwan like a hissing dragon.
President Xi told his military to be prepared for “complex and difficult situations”, while his defence minister outlined that China “must comprehensively improve military training and preparedness for battle”.
Would China stop with Taiwan? Not at all. India, Japan and even Australia are part of its ultranationalistic ambitions. On that point, Australia had better start rousing itself with some healthy nationalism, instead of rainbow days and marches for the refuges.
Australia has already taken the first step of joining the Quad, the anti-Chinese coalition. Quad members include the US, Japan, India and now France.
Scott Morrison has been doing some good work engaging with Vietnam (considering history, that’s very good). But it isn’t just up to Prime Minister Morrison. The defence department needs to get serious. Australian society as a whole needs to shake itself free from complacency and step up to the cause.
Sadly, the danger of China is not yet a significant factor when it comes to votes. But it is up to the Federal Government to make the case. Scott Morrison did the right thing in moving Marise Payne to a different portfolio when he became Prime Minister, but there are massive shifts that need to still occur in the national consciousness.
Australia’s submarine program is languishing. More immediately, there are questions about fuel and food reserves. If our sea lanes are cut off, we have fewer than 90 days worth of fuel reserves. It doesn’t help that there has been a climate of shutting down refineries and power stations either.
As long as our economy is desperately dependent on a China, we are going to be at their mercy. China’s tariffs and bans on Australian exports has already severely impacted some of our sectors, who need to look for new markets. The markets exist: the UK, India, Vietnam and Japan are all viable options.