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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    ^ ^^
    Neither of you have presented here on TD any facts.
    It's very simple HooHoo. If Chinastan wants to prove the virus didn't start in Wuhan, then they should let the international team of experts in to demonstrate it.

    The fact that they haven't tells you all that you need to know.

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    the virus didn't start in Wuhan,
    Actually the most credible evidence I have encountered so far suggests that the virus mutated in a massive cave system (bat rookery) in Yunnan Province, then spread via the Wuhan markets, where many of the harvested bats were sent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    harvested bats
    My favorite snack food. Deep fried in batter with chips.

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    China be China . . . give or take a few hundred kms in a large place. Semantics, but for OhOh enough to refute, deflect, cry in anguish etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    ... then they should let the international team of experts in to demonstrate it.
    Wondering which laboratory of the numerous biological weapons - there are so many worldwide despite the ban - will "let the international team of experts in"... (just curious...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    My favorite snack food. Deep fried in batter with chips.
    I prefer them grilled with a chimichurri

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Wondering which laboratory of the numerous biological weapons - there are so many worldwide despite the ban - will "let the international team of experts in"... (just curious...)
    Harry is a twat - the LAB they are talking about was under US control FFS. Why would the Murkins let in an investigation
    Why Would the US Have Funded the Controversial Wuhan Lab? – The Diplomat

    All this idea of it being created in a lab it utter nonsense though. The PCR tests are calibrated to test for generic coronas, and refined by reports from "Chinese social media". They are worthless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    Harry is a twat - the LAB they are talking about was under US control FFS. Why would the Murkins let in an investigation
    Why Would the US Have Funded the Controversial Wuhan Lab? – The Diplomat

    All this idea of it being created in a lab it utter nonsense though. The PCR tests are calibrated to test for generic coronas, and refined by reports from "Chinese social media". They are worthless.
    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand the whackjob is off on one.............

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Cow View Post
    You do realise of course that every major country recognises
    You sure? How about some links to the "major county's" factual evidence.

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    I seem to remember how you defended Russia over the Skripol poisoning and went strangely silent when Britain produced the evidence.
    I presume you have evidence of my "strange silence" for us to see?

    UK produced evidence, please post a link to it's facts. Proving that the poison was used, the poison which by the "world's" opinion kills in seconds, was in some way used in the Salisbury on two Russians and two brits.

    While it's amusing for you and others here on TD to keep repeating the claims on various topics, the fact remains that all, many or the ones mostly claimed are non-existent.

    Posting the nonsense again and again is not illustrating anything except the posters inability to accept their inadequacy in debate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    You sure? How about some links to the "major county's" factual evidence.



    I presume you have evidence of my "strange silence" for us to see?

    UK produced evidence, please post a link to it's facts. Proving that the poison was used, the poison which by the "world's" opinion kills in seconds, was in some way used in the Salisbury on two Russians and two brits.

    While it's amusing for you and others here on TD to keep repeating the claims on various topics, the fact remains that all, many or the ones mostly claimed are non-existent.

    Posting the nonsense again and again is not illustrating anything except the posters inability to accept their inadequacy in debate.

    The toxin was identified at the OPCW labs in Holland, where they have experts on the subject.

    You remember, the ones where they caught the Russians red-handed trying to hack into them.

    REVEALED: Russian spies tried to hack chemical weapons lab investigating Salisbury attack

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    Meanwhile, back to the topic, what other dirty tricks have the chinkies got planned to stop Australia pressing for a proper investigation into the Wuhan virus?

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    Australia to rejoin 'quad' naval exercises in move certain to infuriate Beijing

    Diplomatic tensions with China are set to be reignited after Australia was formally invited to take part in large scale military exercises next month involving the United States, Japan and India.

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    Key points:

    Australia has not participated in Exercise Malabar since 2007
    The decision to stop was made due to concerns over relations with China
    Beijing views the quadrilateral exercises as threatening

    The Australian Defence Force (ADF) last took part in Exercise Malabar in 2007, before the Australian Government withdrew from the naval drills the following year because of concerns over relations with Beijing.

    Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has confirmed Australia will participate in Exercise Malabar 2020, which she described as a "milestone activity".

    "High-end military exercises like Malabar are key to enhancing Australia's maritime capabilities, building interoperability with our close partners, and demonstrating our collective resolve to support an open and prosperous Indo-Pacific," Senator Reynolds said.

    "Exercise Malabar also showcases the deep trust between four major Indo-Pacific democracies and their shared will to work together on common security interests."

    Japan and the United States have been pushing diplomatically for Australia's return to the Quadrilateral exercises, which China views as threatening and an effort to contain its military reach.
    Exercise Malabar off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, with planes seen on an US aircraft carrier.
    The exercises improve the four countries' capacity to work together across the region.(Reuters: Nobuhiro Kubo)

    India had been reluctant to allow the ADF to rejoin the powerful military grouping, but the country's Defence Ministry confirmed a long-anticipated invitation had finally been made.

    "As India seeks to increase cooperation with other countries in the maritime security domain and in the light of increased defence cooperation with Australia, Malabar 2020 will see the participation of the Australian Navy," the ministry said.

    "The participants of Exercise Malabar 2020 are engaging to enhance safety and security in the maritime domain.

    "They collectively support free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific and remain committed to a rules-based international order."
    Decision makes Quad 'very formidable'

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    Sources say HMAS Brisbane could take part in the exercises, but this has not been confirmed.(ABC News: Rachel Riga)

    Australia is yet to announce which naval assets will deploy to Exercise Malabar in the Indian Ocean, but defence sources have suggested a warship such as HMAS Hobart or HMAS Brisbane would be likely to go.

    The Malabar invitation follows a Quad foreign ministers' meeting in Tokyo earlier this month, attended by Foreign Minister Marise Payne

    "It will bolster the ability of India, Australia, Japan and the United States to work together to uphold peace and stability across our region," Senator Payne said.
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    "This builds on the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, to which Prime Minister Morrison and Prime Minister Modi agreed on 4 June 2020, and which I progressed with my counterpart, Minister of External Affairs Jaishankar, this month when we met in Tokyo."

    India's former Naval spokesman DK Sharma, who has long advocated for Australia's return to the Malabar exercises, said having all four nations taking part made the Quad a more formal security alliance.

    "It makes it very, very formidable," DK Sharma told the ABC.

    "The way [China] is moving out, the first island chain and the second island chain, now you have Japan on top, you have the

    Pacific more or less under the control of the US, then we have Australia which will have a good look towards either the Pacific or Indian Ocean Pacific, and then we have India.

    "None of us are behaving in a way China is behaving — there is a difference, we are all talking security, prosperity, peace, tranquillity … Those guys are only talking about grabbing the nations, making their ports, militarising them, grabbing the islands."


    https://www.abc. net.au/news/2020-10-20/australia-rejoins-naval-exercise-in-move-certain-to-anger-china/12784186

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    Well done Aus. They are going to fuck with you anyway, you might as well fuck them back.

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    Australia is gone already, just look at Victoria now, the chinese ccp would be proud. yesterday they had 7 covid cases!!! like fark me, weld the doors shut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Well done Aus. They are going to fuck with you anyway, you might as well fuck them back.
    Agreed - China is on an anti-Australia gig right now so why keep kow-towing . . . can't trust the CCP as far as you can throw it

    Quote Originally Posted by deeks View Post
    Australia is gone already
    Quote Originally Posted by deeks View Post
    just look at Victoria now, the chinese ccp would be proud
    Quote Originally Posted by deeks View Post
    yesterday they had 7 covid cases!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by deeks View Post
    like fark me, weld the doors shut.
    Demented ramblings - why are you on these threads now, spouting your crap outside the US-threads?

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    Australian warships to pull out of Middle East as focus shifts to Asia-Pacific, China

    A three-decades-long Australian naval presence in the Middle East will come to an abrupt end this year as the Federal Government grapples with an increasingly uncertain strategic environment closer to home.

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    Key points:

    The shift was flagged in the Government's recent Defence Strategic Update
    It declared the military would focus more on the Indo-Pacific and Australia's immediate region
    China has engaged in a massive naval build-up and is asserting its control over the South China Sea

    Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has announced Australia will no longer send a Royal Australian Navy ship to the Middle East every year.

    The last Australian Navy ship deployed to the region, HMAS Toowoomba, returned to Australia in June this year.

    Australia will also withdraw from the United States-led naval coalition patrolling the Strait of Hormuz at the end of 2020.

    That means around 30 years of Australian maritime operations in the Middle East — largely focussed on counter-terrorism and counter-piracy operations — will soon come to an end.

    In a statement, Senator Reynolds said the Government's priorities had shifted.

    "This year alone has seen [the] Navy respond to the bushfire and COVID-19 crises, a five-ship deployment throughout South-East Asia and the Pacific, a continued commitment to initiatives under the Pacific Step Up, and several highly successful activities with our regional partners," Minister Reynolds said.

    "We now face an increasingly challenging strategic environment which is placing greater demand on ADF resources closer to home.

    "As a result, the Australian Defence Force will reduce its naval presence in the Middle East to enable more resources to be deployed in our region."

    The shift was flagged in the Government's recent Defence Strategic Update, which declared that deteriorating strategic circumstances would force the military to focus more sharply on the Indo-Pacific and Australia's immediate region.
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    The Australian Navy will also re-join the Malabar naval exercises with the US, Japan and India.(Supplied: DoD/Chris Cavagnaro)

    China has engaged in a massive naval build-up over the last decade, as well as asserting increasing control over the contested waters of the South China Sea by building a series of military fortifications.

    The relationship between the United States and China has also become increasingly hostile, sharply raising the risk of conflict in the region.

    Australia has participated in a growing number of naval exercises in the region with a series of allies and partners, including the United States and Japan.

    Earlier this year Australian warships encountered the Chinese Navy while sailing near contested islands claimed by Beijing on their way to trilateral exercises.
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    Next month the Australian Navy will also re-join the Malabar naval exercises with the US, Japan and India after a hiatus of more than a decade.

    Senior officials, military officers and Morrison Government ministers have been contemplating the shift away from the Middle East for several years.

    Last year there was debate inside the Federal Government when the Trump Administration asked Australia to join a US-led naval coalition to protect ships in the Strait of Hormuz near Iran.

    In the end, the Morrison Government agreed to send a surveillance aircraft and a frigate to join the mission.

    But one Government source told the ABC the decision was "pretty hotly contested."

    The Navy's Chief of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Greg Bilton, said the change announced by the Government was "historic" and Senator Reynolds declared Australia could be "proud" of its naval contribution.

    "For over 30 years we have supported freedom of navigation, maritime security and the free flow of commerce in the Middle East," she said.

    "In cooperation with our partners, our commitments have been invaluable in disrupting global drugs trade, supporting the reduction of funding lines to terrorism activity and building the capacity of regional forces."

    https://www.abc. net.au/news/2020-10-23/australia-will-stop-sending-navy-to-middle-east-to-shift-focus/12808118

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    Australian wine imports 'suspended' by China as trade tensions with Beijing continue

    China's Government has dramatically raised the stakes in its economic campaign against Australia, with multiple Chinese importers receiving verbal directives to stop shipments of Australian wine this week — dealing a blow to a market worth more than a billion dollars last year.
    Key points:

    Industry sources say wine imports will not clear Chinese customs after Friday
    Wine exports to China totalled $1.26 billion in 2019
    The Federal Trade Minister says the reports are concerning and the Government is trying to get more information

    At least four wine importers have been advised by their local distributors to stop importing Australian wine, with Chinese Commerce officials in multiple cities arranging "off-the-record" meetings where phones were banned to relay the new directive.

    Australian industry sources have told the ABC they have been warned by importers that shipments of Australian wine will not clear customs after Friday.

    Several distributors also told the ABC that wine was not the only target, with shipments of Australian lobster, sugar, coal, timber, wool, barley and copper ore to also be unofficially suspended from November 6, dealing a potential five to six billion-dollar blow to Australia's economy.

    But Chinese authorities are rejecting claims of new directives, with representatives of major ports at Ningbo and Guangzhou telling the ABC they have not received any new notice of changes.

    Officials at China's Commerce Ministry have reportedly denied the existence of any new directives targeting Australia.

    A Shanghai-based importer said the reported disruption to wine imports appeared to be a response to a recent increase in shipments of wine arriving from Australia, possibly ahead of the introduction of tariffs.
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    Earlier this year, China announced it was investigating claims Australia had sold wine below the cost of production and subsidised its farmers, prompting fears tariffs could be introduced.

    Last year, Australia's wine exports to China totalled $1.26 billion dollars — far and away the largest foreign market.

    During the September quarter, the value of exports to China jumped 23 per cent compared to the same period last year, indicating a COVID recovery and perhaps a pre-emptive buy up amid speculation sanctions would be introduced.

    Already, one Hangzhou-based wine importer has told the ABC he is shifting to orders of New Zealand wine, but a Shanghai-based importer said shipments of New Zealand wine were also in the firing line.
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    The Federal Government says given China has said Australia is not being specifically targeted it should address the current concerns.(ABC News: Dean Faulkner)

    China's Ministry of Commerce did not respond to an emailed question and listed phone numbers went unanswered.

    A representative of China Customs referred the ABC to previous comments made by China's Foreign Ministry regarding timber, lobsters and barley, saying there was not anything new to add.

    Many exports have already been targeted for various forms of restrictions in the Chinese market, including the ongoing anti-subsidy and anti-dumping investigations for wine, a freeze on new coal orders, huge tariffs on barley, a ban on some timber exports allegedly due to pests, and in recent days the hold up of Australian lobsters at a Shanghai port.

    But Australia's $3.7 billion dollar annual copper exports to China have not been previously targeted, nor have sugar exports, which last year were worth around $100 million.
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    Chinese Commerce Minister Zhong Shan has refused to speak to Australia's Trade Minister about the ongoing export issues.(AP: Andy Wong)
    'We shouldn't jump to conclusions', Trade Minister says

    China's Commerce Minister Zhong Shan has repeatedly rejected requests from Australia's Trade Minister Simon Birmingham to talk directly about China's various trade disputes with Australia.

    Senator Birmingham has sought a call with Mr Zhong since May, when China began targeting barley and beef exports.

    In a statement, the Trade Minister said the "numerous reports of difficulties that different Australian exports are facing on entry into China are of concern".

    "Whilst we shouldn't jump to conclusions, we are working closely with the various industries who have been the subject of these reports," he said.

    "We also continue to make enquiries with Chinese authorities to seek clarity and to encourage them to address areas of concern."

    Senator Birmingham also said in the spirit of China's previous statements that Australia was not being targeted, it should address the current concerns.

    The latest measures come just days before China opens an annual import fair in Shanghai, in which Chinese government representatives are set to again repeat that China is "opening the door further" to free trade.
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    Tonnes of live lobsters were recently stranded at Chinese airports and clearance houses while waiting to be inspected by Customs officials.

    Chinese officials and state media deny any political motives for the various trade measures but have previously linked the economic relationship to the need for more "mutual respect".

    "The Government should be more measured in the way it communicates about China," said Madeleine King, Labor's Trade spokeswoman.

    She also suggested a forum "to listen to corporate leaders who are gravely concerned about the relationship, and who have a legitimate place in this important national discussion".

    "This would provide the Government with practical advice while indicating to everyone that we value our trading relationship with China," Ms King said.
    Australian exporters caught up in uncertainty

    There was speculation late on Tuesday that Australia's wheat trade with China could also be impacted by new trade sanctions.
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    While some industry sources have told the ABC they do not believe the trade was likely to be affected, others expected to hear more from Chinese authorities on Wednesday.

    Chinese authorities had already warned of increased inspections to wheat shipments.

    In a typical year, the Australian wheat trade with China is worth around $400 million and represents about eight per cent of the export market.

    The ABC understands Australian wheat exporters currently have significant shipments of wheat booked to sail to China in coming weeks.

    https://www.abc. net.au/news/2020-11-03/australian-wine-export-disrupted-china-trade-tensions/12840836

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    Lobster now too. Thanks to a few big mouths, and the predictable sensationalism & exaggeration of our predominantly Murdoch owned press (which really must be changed) Australia is being bitch slapped, at the cost of many billions in lost profit. And guess what else- it has only just started, if China wills it so. They have no obligation to buy from you. How clever do you feel now big mouths? How is amerka gonna reward you for your sycophancy, Dep'ty Sheriff? Another losing war probably, at the cost of more young lives and more wasted billions. Meanwhile for many of your constituents, it's back to beans on toast and porridge.


    Australia’s economic dependency on China 'will not change', says former ambassador to Beijing




    Geoff Raby argues the suggestion Australia can turn to other markets is ‘nothing other than wishful thinking’


    Australia is likely to keep suffering economic harm from “repeated rounds of Chinese economic coercion” and needs to find a way to reset the relationship, a former ambassador to Beijing has warned.

    Seafood exporters are the latest industry group to report disruptions in accessing the Chinese market and Geoff Raby, the Australian ambassador to China from 2007 to 2011, said Australia needed China more than the other way around.

    Raby, in an interview with Guardian Australia, argued that Australia had joined itself at the hip with the United States over the past few years in seeking to resist China’s rise – an approach he believed went against Australia’s interests.

    That is despite the Morrison government’s assertions – including at high-level talks in Washington in July – that Canberra is pursuing its own policy and is not doing anything to injure the important relationship with Beijing.

    In a new book published on Tuesday, Raby suggests Australia’s strategy for managing the rise of China has been “incremental, reactive to others’ agendas, and as such, incoherent”.


    How much is China's trade war really costing Australia?


    He also says talk about Australia significantly diversifying its economic relationship with China by turning to other markets is “nothing other than wishful thinking”.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...dor-to-beijing
    Last edited by sabang; 05-11-2020 at 05:16 AM.

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    ^ Raby, in an interview with Guardian Australia, argued that Australia had joined itself at the hip with the United States over the past few years in seeking to resist China’s rise
    Yet people like Panama skat are denying that this is what Australia has done. Anytime someone brings up the fact that Thailand and the Philippines are taking a balanced approach and are playing the powers off of each other, they say "oh thats what Australia is doing". Except no. That is not what Australia is doing. As the ambassador in this quote is saying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
    Yet people like Panama skat
    I'm permanently nested in your tiny brain now, right Skidmark . . .

    And no, that's not what I've said - but keep lying as you always do. Feel free to quote me but you won't, as you never do when called on it.


    So, tell us more about the Muslim killer in Quebec . . . which has the largest number of Muslims in Canada . . . both your claims and proven to be untrue.


    Come on, Skidmark . . . tell us all about it. Nazis calling themselves socialists . . . The EU breaking WHO rules vis-a-vis the PIs. Etc ad infinitum.

    You are a one-man liying machine - hence your bromance with Trump and other dictator wannabes

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    Melbourne man becomes first charged under foreign interference laws

    The 65-year-old Melbourne man who has become the first person charged in Australia under foreign interference laws is a prominent member of Victoria's South-East Asian Chinese community and belongs to groups connected to China's overseas influence efforts.

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    Key points:

    The 65-year-old man is the president of an organisation affiliated with the Chinese Government
    Mr Duong was charged under the new laws on Thursday after a year-long investigation
    Parliament passed the foreign interference laws in 2018

    The Australian Federal Police charged Duong Di Sanh, also known as Sunny Duong, with preparing to commit foreign interference.

    The offence carries a potential jail term of 10 years, but the exact nature of his alleged offences is not yet know.

    Sunny Duong is the deputy chairperson of the Museum of Chinese Australian History in Melbourne, and is the President of the Oceania Federation of Chinese Organisations from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos Inc.

    Mr Duong has been linked with the China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification — which is affiliated with the Chinese Government's overseas influence arm, the United Front Work Department.

    Mr Duong appeared next to Acting Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Minister Alan Tudge at a press conference in June, when he handed over a cheque for more than $37,000 to the Royal Melbourne Hospital to help with coronavirus research and preparation.

    There is no suggestion Mr Tudge has any involvement with Mr Duong beyond that meeting.
    Alan Tudge and Sunny Duong "elbow bump" at a press conference, standing behind microphones.
    Acting Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Minister Alan Tudge and Sunny Duong appeared at an event in Melbourne together.(ABC News)

    He was released on bail to an address in the Melbourne suburb of Surrey Hills after he appeared before the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday afternoon.

    His next court date is in March next year.

    Neighbours have confirmed his identity, and told the ABC that police were at the house for about seven hours on October 16. Police were also at the home on Thursday morning.

    Police said the charges followed a year-long investigation by the Counter Foreign Interference Taskforce, led by domestic spy agency ASIO and the AFP.

    AFP Deputy Commissioner Ian McCartney said the man was the first to be charged with a foreign interference offence since the laws were passed in 2018.

    "The CFI Taskforce has taken preventative action to disrupt this individual at an early stage," Deputy Commissioner McCartney said.

    "Foreign interference is contrary to Australia's national interest, it goes to the heart of our democracy.

    "It is corrupting and deceptive, and goes beyond routine diplomatic influence practiced by governments."

    The laws, which were rushed through Parliament in 2018, were designed to strengthen foreign espionage offences, and force people working for foreign companies and governments to declare their activities.
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    Intelligence chiefs have warned the threat of foreign interference has been intensifying.(Unsplash: Rene Böhmer)

    Intelligence chiefs have repeatedly warned that the threat of foreign interference has been intensifying.

    In its annual report, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) warns "almost every sector of Australian society is a potential target of foreign interference, and the threat manifests itself in different but equally unacceptable ways".

    In June, the Australian Federal Police and intelligence agents raided the home and parliamentary office of NSW Upper House MP Shaoquett Moselmane as part of a separate foreign interference investigation into his part-time staffer John Zhang.

    Mr Zhang has denied any wrongdoing and launched a High Court challenge to the validity of the investigation. Mr Moselmane has said that he is not a focus of that investigation.

    Australian authorities also revoked the two visas of two Chinese scholars and raided the homes of four Chinese journalists.

    https://www.abc .net.au/news/2020-11-05/first-person-charged-foreign-interference-laws/12852974

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    "The CFI Taskforce has taken preventative action to disrupt this individual at an early stage," Deputy Commissioner McCartney said.

    "Foreign interference is contrary to Australia's national interest, it goes to the heart of our democracy.

    "It is corrupting and deceptive, and goes beyond routine diplomatic influence practiced by governments."
    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    In its annual report, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) warns "almost every sector of Australian society is a potential target of foreign interference, and the threat manifests itself in different but equally unacceptable ways"
    Investigating for 1 year. One wonders when, if ever, any details of his "crime" will be made public.

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    Investigating for 1 year. One wonders when, if ever, any details of his "crime" will be made public.
    Luckily someone like that would just be shot in China, eh OhOh

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    Canberra to unveil plans to reassert Australia's influence in South-East Asia

    The Morrison Government is about to unveil several new development initiatives to reassert Australia's influence in South-East Asia as China continues to expand its presence across the region.

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    Key points:

    The Prime Minster will announce new aid programs in health, governance and infrastructure
    Canberra will unveil a major development program for Mekong basin countries
    The announcement comes after years of successive cuts to Australia's aid budget

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison will make the commitments over the weekend at two crucial regional meetings: the ASEAN-Australia Summit and the East Asia Summit.

    Both summits are being held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The ABC has been told Mr Morrison will promise to expand Australia's development assistance in South-East Asia by announcing several new programs designed to improve health, governance and infrastructure.

    The announcements will include a series of new health programs for the region, as well as an initiative to provide "high-calibre advice" to South-East Asian governments on infrastructure funding.

    China's Government has poured billions of dollars into major infrastructure projects across South-East Asia.

    The Australian Government is particularly anxious about the proliferation of Chinese-backed dams along the vast Mekong River, wreaking environmental devastation in countries like Laos and Cambodia.

    https://www.abc. net.au/news/2020-11-14/australia-canberra-new-aid-south-east-asia-scott-morrison/12883088

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