Peace, peace and peace! Dialogue, dialogue and dialogue!
The South China Morning Post in the last week has quite a number of articles on the deterioration of the US-China relations and in their reports also contained many instances of Australia supporting the US anti-China propaganda and China demonizing. Many Asians are bewildered in Australia’s stand.
The Sydney Morning Herald also carried numerous stories on this topic and featuring Pompeo urging global coalition against China (22July2020) by sending added war machines to South China Seas as if war is inevitable.
Our comment in the SMH in response to the above report: “The Cold War II is earnestly on. Pompeo retched up the rhetoric and rallying the troops is in full swing. Been through Cold War I where there is a majority of nations in the world on the US side and living daily with the nukes dangling over our heads. Today's Cold War II have changed geopolitical alignment and we are not sure whether the US has the majority of nations behind it. USSR had been a formidable opponent with enough nukes to wipe off the world, not the new "enemy" China and Russia, with far more nukes and bigger armies. In the past US can afford those Cold War games and post-covid-19 economic recovery is slow and US may not afford this type of Cold War for too long. The closing down of Chinese consulate in Houston is escalation of Cold War II and let us hope that there are sane and sensible politicians left to steer us away from this MADness”.
As peace loving people, Australia strives to avoid such catastrophic ending because there are better ways to live in this planet other than to wipe each other out of this planet.
Australia’s geographic position is an ideal for becoming a moderate power of influence in the Asia Pacific region without the necessity of beating the war drums into oblivion,
We could have all the natural resources we want! we grow all the food we want! And we are relatively far away and safe from any hostile forces. We should be using our natural richness, our love of life characteristics and mateship, to win friends and influence our neighbours.
As a moderate power in the Asia Pacific, there is no natural hostility as we are actually an island paradise. We should concentrate our efforts in the South Pacific, then north to Indonesia and SE Asia and further extent our influence beyond to the North Pacific including Korea, Japan, China and Russia. Our multi-lateral trade with our South and Asia Pacific neighbours would guarantee as many life times of prosperity and peace. Our interdependence with these countries would guarantee us a high place in the region and as a strong moderate peaceful power.,
It is unnecessary to play a secondary role in geopolitics when we can actually achieve a moderate independent power status with no enemy but friends in our immediate and further neighbours.
We urge the Australian government to stand independent and be friends with all nations on earth. In this way, we guarantee our nation, despite its small population compared to our nearest neighbour, gives no opportunity or reason for any nation to attack us.
It is better for us to stand tall among our immediate neighbours than go gallivanting round the globe in arms.
Dr Anthony Pun, OAM, National President, Chinese Community Council of Australia.
Dr Ka Sing Chua, National Senior Adviser, Chinese Community Council of Australia.
National Chinese Australian Leaders Group: Maria Chan, Shirley Huang, Dickson Mak, Daphne Lowe Kelly, James Leung, Lee Xj Li, Kingsley Liu, Daphne Lowe, Tony Pang, Junxi Su, Tony Tang, Dr Yen-Yung Yap, Li Zhang, Khoon Tan, Michael Yau OAM, Kee Guan Saw