An opportunity to reset the Australia-China relations.
The tense US election result is still a worry for many people both inside and outside of the US. If President Trump and the team have some sense of adhering to US democratic institutional rules and regulations, Joe Biden would have been declared the President-Elect by Trump with respect. Instead, Trump is crying foul and launching a series of legal actions trying to stop and delay the transition of the President-Elect.
We would like to congratulate Joe Biden and the first female and Asian coloured VP-elect Kamala Harris for winning through a difficult battle and taking over a very challenging task of mending and uniting a very divided America and the world left over by Trump and team.
We hope that the unilateralism and geopolitical winds promoted by the extreme right-wing hawks like Pompei and a litany of Trump’s close associates may be put back in the bottle and corked tightly and hope that the new crop of presidential advisers will not continue with Trump’s legacy, i.e. pursuing containment of China for hegemonic reasons? We hope it will be replaced with constructive engagement and diplomacy promoted by retired General Mattis in US and retired General Sir Angus Houston in Australia respectively. China is not our enemy just because they have a different political system. Live and let live with mutual respect and international cooperation should be our universal value of humanity. We all can learn from our mistakes and make the world a better place for all of us and not just some of us.
On that note, we should stop the trade war with China and start a meaningful dialogue with mutual respect and understanding. It hurts the US and Australian economy alike. Australian leadership should take some initiative with help of circuit breakers we have suggested before e.g ex-PM John Howard and Kevin Rudd in a non-partisan way. We are facing real economic decoupling already. Our farmers, fishermen, winery and hospitality industry, educational industry, travel and service industry, the housing industry, mining industry etc are crying for help. They will soon be marching to Canberra in protest if not already.
Su Lin Tan wrote in SCMP “China-Australia relations: Beijing expects Canberra to make the first move to repair relations, experts say”
Many thanks to Su Lin for presented the facts on Australia-China trade and the adverse effect on the Australian economy when we go all the way with DJT. This type of news is not available in the Murdoch press hence most Australians and the politicians think it is a computer war game with a reset button if we lose. The pipe piper has led us to the economic cliff. Hopefully, with a change of US administration, the cliff jumping may be arrested in time. Or as some people suggested, it may be easier to take a change of our government to reset the relationship. Take heed Canberra.
For Australia’s sake, let’s hope that the new US administration under President Biden would change from a China containment policy to a Chinese inclusive policy. Let us have more constructive and productive trade pacts and a booming Asia Pacific economic zone when Russia, China, India, Japan, Korea (ROK, DPRK), US, Canada, NZ, Australia, South Pacific nations and ASEAN nations, trade peacefully together without any risk of future wars.
Dr Anthony Pun, OAM, Foundation President CCCA & National Coordinator NCALG
Mr Kingsley Liu, President, CCCA
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 Kelley, James Leung, Lee Xj Li, Tony Tang, Kee Guan Saw, Junxi Su, Khoon Tan, Michael Yau OAM. Li Zhang, May Hu, OAM. Sam Wong AM