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"Now is the winter of our discontent", laments the cold wind wafting south to Australia. This follows Australian media having expressed outrage at possible inducements to politicians, by some Chinese Australians, inducement being a form of coercion for political scientist Joseph Nye Jr.
The Australian parliament has responded with new legislation to curb such influence. And Chinese Australians, hi ...

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Post time 2017-12-20 14:50:03 |Display all floors
Interesting take on the current situation.Australia's relationship with the United Kingdom, America and indeed New Zealand is one of family. All at one time part of the British Empire and all with similar legal and political systems. Culturally they are all very similar. China is a very different history and culture.  Time has the ability to change all things but to expect Australia to gravitate away from its roots to a foreign culture would take hundreds of years. There is comfort in the familiar. This in no way stops both countries from strengthening ties over all areas including military co-operation.  Perhaps China should extend an invite for Australia to send one of its helicopter carriers and some other surface ships to exercises in the South China sea as a show of trust and friendship. An annual exercise will allow contacts and trust to grow as it does with other nations who do the same.

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