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China, ‘consequences’ have consequences of their own

16 July 2020

5:48 PM

16 July 2020

5:48 PM

The Chinese leadership, through their mouthpieces in their embassies in Canberra, London and Washington, are these days mouthing veiled and not so veiled threats of ‘consequences’ against their host nations. This bellicose stance strikes me as perverse, given that the actions the Chinese are responding to are in themselves ‘consequences’ of their actions.  

Like the new laws they forced upon Hong Kong in breach of the treaties surrounding the return of territory signed with the British, effectively putting Hong Kongers under much feared and untrustworthy Chinese jurisdiction.  


One consequence has been Australia changing its policies regarding visas for Hong Kongers to enable them easier access to Australia. Britain has also moved in that direction — another ‘consequence’. Obviously, the Chinese don’t like this because it is a very public sign of how their new law is viewed by not only by Hong Kongers but the entire Western world. 

Consequences, too, are the decisions by Canberra, London and Washington to exclude Huawei from national telecoms work. Here, it’s the result of the total mistrust of China’s octopus, AKA the Chinese Communist Party and its industrial complex, which has stepped up its cyber espionage and interference, posing massive security threats to any Huawei customers, individuals, corporates or nation-states.  

It would be laughable but for its blunt thuggishness that China exercises its Mafia-mode with threats of retaliation against the retaliations of the West. And there’s more to come. 

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