Tuesday, October 29, 2019

How China is taking the Northern Territory of Australia- English Translation from Mandarin w/some odd errors.


The largest senior business delegation from the Northern Territory visited China last week to host a business dinner, trade and investment forum in Shenzhen with the theme of “Reaching South”. Events such as roundtables. While demonstrating the unique regional advantages of the Northern Territory and the local cultural style, we will explore opportunities for cooperation in agriculture, tourism, mineral energy, education and training, tropical health and research, transportation and logistics, and help the Northern Territory enterprises to dock. Chinese partners and decision makers.
▲ "Direct flight to the south, the North lead the wind" trade investment forum site
The delegation led by Michael Gunner, governor of the Northern Territory Government, aims to invite the Chinese government, industry and enterprises to “focus on the South” – the Northern Territory of Australia, promoting trade, investment, education and More in-depth two-way cooperation in areas such as tourism.
▲Northern Territory Governor Michael Gunner
Members of this Northern Territory delegation are made up of representatives from the most influential governments, businesses and industries in the Northern Territory. On August 31, the Australian Northern Territory (Shenzhen) Investment and Trade Forum was held in Shenzhen to build a communication platform for Shenzhen entrepreneurs to understand the development of the Northern Territory and the investment environment. 180 representatives from both companies participated in the forum. During the Shenzhen period, members of the delegation signed a number of memorandums of cooperation with Chinese companies and institutions.
▲The Northern Territory delegation cooperation memorandum signed and the business dinner scene
At the same time, the Northern Territory delegation's current visit to Shenzhen was the first time that the new Northern Territory brand with the theme of “boundless possible” was officially launched in the international arena.
“Earth advantage” contains new opportunities
Compared to Queensland and New South Wales, the Northern Territory is somewhat strange in the minds of most Chinese. As the Northern Territory Chief Minister, Gunner admitted that the biggest expectation of the opening of the Shenzhen Road Show was to showcase the unique geographical advantages of the Northern Territory and expand cooperation opportunities in many industries such as agriculture, tourism, new energy, tropical health and research.
The Northern Territory is Australia's closest state to Asia. The capital of Darwin is Singapore, Shenzhen and Manila. It is about the same distance from Sydney and Melbourne. It has 8 capitals, 36 trading ports, 69 international airports and about 500 million people. Within a 5-hour flight from Darwin. “Shenzhen-Darwin” is the first direct flight from Australia to Darwin and even the Northern Territory in mainland China. The journey takes only over 5 hours.
▲The Northern Territory is rich in raw materials and energy resources
In Gunner’s view, this is an “airport of opportunity” for Northern Australia to reach the world’s largest market. The Northern Territory has excellent water quality, fertile soil, and the potential of natural resources has not been tapped. It has become a global non-polluting and safe food supply base. Potential. In the coming decades, Asia’s huge demand for energy, food, raw materials and consumer goods will bring vitality to this hot land.
▲The Northern Territory is a world leader in tropical health research
In addition, the Northern Territory is a world leader in tropical health and research, as well as disaster warning and preparedness throughout the Asia Pacific region, led by the Menzies School of Health Research , a Northern Territory that is concerned with public health. For example, nose, rheumatic heart disease plays a leading role.
"Northern Development"
Responding to the "Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau Bay Area"
In Australia, the Northern Territory usually follows the words “opportunity” and “potential” and is now working on projects such as special tourism and new energy. In the future, the Northern Territory's unique resources and services will pass through Shenzhen, radiating the entire Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macau and Dawan District, as well as the wider South China region.
▲The Northern Territory has abundant solar and natural gas resources
Although the first visit was deep, Gangna was interested in the development of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau's Dawan District. He said that there is a similar plan in Australia that echoes this, namely the “Northern Development” plan, which proposes the vision of Northern Australia's development in the next 20 years. And blueprints, including the entire Northern Territory and Queensland, Northern Australia, and the core is to open up a major bottleneck affecting development. For example, to improve the complicated land use regulations, reduce operating and living costs, eliminate barriers to employment, and improve the level of governance, the government no longer plays the role of investor, but creates a good investment environment to attract more foreign investment to develop the north.
▲The Minister of Tourism and Culture of the Northern Territory Government
Lauren Moss (left)
With Governor Michael Gunner (middle)
“Shenzhen is an important city in the Greater Bay Area of ​​Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao. The face-to-face talks with Shenzhen enterprises will benefit the Northern Territory business community. We hope to establish more platforms through the Shenzhen Road Show to allow the Northern Territory's special resources and services to pass through Shenzhen. Radiation throughout the Greater Bay Area of ​​Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau, as well as the wider South China region." Gangna said.
Innovate and promote original indigenous culture
▲ "Direct flight to the south, the North lead the wind" business dinner original people performance scene
The most special feature of the Northern Territory is that visitors can experience the oldest culture in the world that the indigenous peoples in the region still follow. Northern Territory Government Tourism and Culture Minister Lauren Moss specifically stated that the Northern Territory has two of Australia's most prestigious UNESCO World Heritages: Uluru and Kakadu National Parks. Australian Aboriginal culture has a long history of about 50,000 years.
▲The Northern Territory presents exciting Aboriginal cultural activities to travelers
In recent years, the Northern Territory has also been committed to the development of tourism, promoting external exchanges and presenting indigenous culture to tourists. Although the current Northern Territory attracts less Chinese tourists than international metropolises such as Sydney and Melbourne, Ghana and Moss confidently say that the opening of direct flights with Shenzhen-Darwin will attract more business partners and tourists. To promote the rapid development of the Northern Territory's economy, trade and tourism, and to make humanities exchanges more smooth.
▲The rich cultural and sports events in the Northern Territory

In addition to direct flights, Moss said that the Northern Territory also promotes social media tourism in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and other important Chinese cities, and promotes the Northern Territory free travel projects on various digital platforms. “In conjunction with the creative culture of Shenzhen to develop more special tourism projects, the Northern Territory can make Chinese tourists feel the most authentic Aboriginal culture in Australia in a high-tech way”.

Australian universities out of control Chinese subversion..Canada becoming this way also

A supporter of the Hong Kong, China, pro-democracy protests stands next to a “Lennon Wall” at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Several such walls have been vandalized recently

Australia plans to tackle Chinese influence at nation’s universities

In response to growing concerns in Australia about foreign influence at universities, cyberspying, and a perceived erosion of freedom of speech on campuses, the country’s education minister today announced that a new task force will develop “best-practice guidelines for dealing with foreign interference.”
The decision grew out of recent meetings between university and government representatives, Minister for Education Dan Tehan said in a speech at the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra this afternoon. “Everybody wants a considered, methodical approach to deal with this issue,” he said, “one that strikes a balance between our national interest and giving universities the freedom to pursue research and collaboration. We must get the balance right.”
Tehan did not mention China, according to a ministry transcript of the news conference. But it is clear the country is the primary concern. “There’ve been a series of miniscandals throughout the tertiary education sector that show there is a big problem of foreign interference in universities coming from China, and the government has now realized that the universities themselves are not going to act,” says Clive Hamilton, an ethicist at Charles Sturt University in Canberra who has been outspoken in warning about threats to Australia’s universities.

Chinese influence is a sensitive issue, however. On Monday, before the guideline plans had been announced, Michael Spence, vice-chancellor of the University of Sydney in Australia, said on a radio program that the debate over Chinese connections has become “slightly hysterical.”
The University Foreign Interference Taskforce will draw half of its participants from the nation’s universities; Department of Education officials and government security experts will make up the other half. The task force will have four working groups focusing on cybersecurity, intellectual property, foreign collaborations, and communications to raise awareness of security issues. It will aim to produce guidelines by November.
The recent incidents include a massive breach of Australia National University’s computer systems, revealed in June, that netted the hackers—suspected of being based in China—personal details on up to 200,000 students and staff dating back 19 years. There have also been allegations of universities unwittingly working with entities connected to China’s military. On Monday, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute published a report claiming that artificial intelligence software being used to surveil the minority Uyghur population in China’s Xinjiang region “may have benefited from connections with Australian universities and Australian government funding.”
A 20 August report by sociologist Salvatore Babones of the University of Sydney also warned that Australia’s universities have become overly reliant on international—and particularly Chinese—student fees. At the seven top universities, tuition fees paid by Chinese students account for 13% to 23% of total revenues, which puts the institutions in a precarious financial position, Babones writes in a report published by the Center for Independent Studies, a Sydney-based think tank. The report notes that 11% of all university students in Australia hail from China, versus 2% in the United States and 6% in the United Kingdom. The more than 150,000 Chinese students in Australian higher educational institutions account for 38% of international enrollees.
That large Chinese presence raises other concerns as well. In recent months, so-called Lennon Walls, where people could post notes of encouragement to pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, China, have been repeatedly vandalized. On several occasions, scuffles broke out between pro–Hong Kong demonstrators and those supporting mainland China. Punches were thrown during a confrontation on the campus of University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane, Australia.
“What the recent demonstrations on university campuses over Hong Kong show is that universities remain firmly committed to freedom of expression,” UQ Chancellor Peter Varghese wrote in a statement responding to the public clamor over such incidents. “Restricting that freedom through intimidation and disruption is unacceptable, as is threatening the families of those who participated.”
Against that background, Hamilton says, “The government gives every impression that this is going to be a thorough-going review leading to major changes.”

Should Australia Be Worried About Chinese Influence on University Campuses?

Even as Beijing-funded Confucius Institutes come under scrutiny, Hong Kong protest problems spark renewed concerns.
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The Australian government is becoming increasingly concerned about the influence of the Chinese government on Australian university campuses. Last week the attorney-general announced that there would be an investigation into whether agreements between Australian tertiary education institutions and Beijing-funded Confucius Institutes are in violation of Australian’s new anti-foreign interference laws.
The Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme was created in December last year. It was designed to create a publicly accessible register detailing all persons or organizations operating in Australia that act on behalf of a foreign government, a foreign political organization, or an organization related to a foreign government entity. However, none of the 14 Confucius Institutes currently operating in Australia submitted themselves to the register. Meanwhile, entities such as the United States Study Center, funded by the U.S Department of State and operating out of the University of Sydney, are on the register. With the Confucius Institutes an arm of China’s Ministry of Education, their absence is conspicuous.  
The move to pay closer attention to the operations of Confucius Institutes in Australian universities coincided with an incident at the University of Queensland last week in which students demonstrating their support of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong clashed with students from mainland China. The pro-Hong Kong students claimed that they were punched, insulted, and had their placards ripped up by students from mainland China. 
The situation escalated into a diplomatic incident when the Chinese consulate-general in Brisbane praised the actions of the mainland Chinese students as “acts of patriotism.” Australian Foreign Minister,Marise Payne then issued a statement that warned foreign diplomats to respect Australia’s rights of free speech and right to protest, even over sensitive issues. Payne stated that “The government would be particularly concerned if any foreign diplomatic mission were to act in ways that could undermine such rights, including by encouraging disruptive or ­potentially violent behavior.”
This incident will add further fuel to the debate in Australia about whether the country’s universities are becoming too reliant on revenue from Chinese students, and whether this may influence their actions. Education has become Australia’s fourth largest export, and in 2018 255,896 Chinese students studied in Australia, making up almost a third of the total international student numbers (although students are locally based, their fees and living expenses are considered export revenue). There remains an ever-present fear that annoying the Chinese government in any way may lead to Beijing taking steps to reduce the number of students coming to study in Australia. 
This leads to concerns that the sheer weight of this phenomenon could induce university administrators to seek to curb academic freedom and the processes of critical inquiry around subjects concerning China. Other concerns are whether this will create a culture of self-censorship by academics and students, or indeed lead to direct action by Chinese students keen to silence views critical of the Chinese government (although treating all Chinese students as a homogenous group with a fervent devotion to the Chinese Communist Party is also unhelpful).
However, the situation for Australian universities is compounded by the presence of organizations like the Confucius Institute that do demand political loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in order to gain employment. Confucius Institutes are widely seen as more than just centers teaching Mandarin or Chinese culture, but a key arm of the CCP’s propaganda operations abroad.
This is what is most concerning to the Australian government, especially in light of recent revelations about the contracts many Australian universities have signed with Hanban (the Institute’s Beijing headquarters) that may give Beijing direction over what these contracts describe as “teaching quality” — a highly flexible phrase that could create an insistence on teaching materials, or provideparameters around class discussion. 
Although the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme will be used to determine that all countries’ foreign influence activities in Australia are “open, lawful and transparent,” the impetus for the scheme was created by a need to monitor and understand Chinese activity in the country. Australia has become the vanguard country for much of the pushback against Beijing’s increased reach, exposing local CCP-linked operators, taking a hard line against Huawei’s participation in Australia’s communications network, and making sure its Pacific neighbors did likewise.  
The investigation launched by the attorney-general into the activities of Confucius Institutes in Australian universities will likely be an extensive one. As a result, university administrators may find themselves part of a wider struggle over how liberal democracies counter the emergence of a great power that is not only not like them, but has a far greater interaction and interdependence with them than the previous non-liberal-democratic great power, the Soviet Union. Due to this it remains important that universities continue to be engaged with China, but do so with a keen awareness of the nature of the regime in Beijing, and how its incessant need to control information clashes with the core purpose of a university’s educational mission.

Western intelligence is warning that Chinese influence in New Zealand is at a 'critical' level

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  • Beijing’s growing influence in Asia is worrying neighbours and their partners around the world.
  • Western countries are acutely concerned about China’s links to New Zealand.
  • According to a report, China’s presence in New Zealand could compromise the Five Eyes partnership.

Countries around Asia and their partners are increasingly concerned about China’s growing influence, and members of the Five Eyes partnership – the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand – are concerned about Beijing’s growing influence in New Zealand, according to a report published in May by Canada’s Security Intelligence Service.
The report, which is based on presentations at an academic conference but does not represent the security service’s formal views, says New Zealand faces “a concerted foreign interference campaign” from China, which wants to “access strategic information and resources” and build support for its objectives “by co-opting political and economic elites” in New Zealand.
These efforts have taken the form of business opportunities, investments, scholarships, and vanity projects to win over local business elites; attempts to bring local Chinese communities under Beijing’s sway and influence voting habits; and the use of acquisitions and partnerships with New Zealand companies and universities to establish a local presence, expand influence, and gain access to military technology, commercial secrets, and other valuable information.
Chinese Communist Party leadership regards New Zealand as “an exemplar” of the kind of relationship it wants with other countries, the report says, adding that China’s “political influence activities in New Zealand have now reached a critical level.”
Some of these efforts are direct threats to national security, according to the report, while others pose long-term risks to free society, including limiting the rights for the ethnic Chinese community, quashing public debate about China, and corrupting the political system.
Streets and sky of wellington new zealandA street in Wellington, New Zealand.
Governments in New Zealand have courted China for some time, first to balance Soviet influence and secure aid, and later to diversify Wellington’s international relationships. New Zealand was the first Western country to sign on to China’s massive international-development project, the Belt and Road Initiative.
The previous government in Wellington also worked to avoid offending China and develop links with Chinese Community Party leaders – which, the report says, “fed and encouraged the success of China’s political influence activities in New Zealand.”
New Zealand itself is of particular interest to Beijing for several reasons, according to the report.
The government in Wellington is responsible for the defence and foreign affairs of three South Pacific territories, the Cook Islands, Niue, and Tokelau, which means influence in New Zealand could potentially yield four votes in support of China at international bodies.
New Zealand is also a potential asset to China because of its plans for Antarctica and outer-space research. It also has unexplored oil and gas resources. Moreover, New Zealand is an important agricultural supplier to China and has cheap, arable land of which China could make use.
New Zealand is a member of the Five Eyes network as well as a NATO partner.
“New Zealand is valuable to China, as well as to other states such as Russia, as a soft underbelly through which to access Five Eyes intelligence,” the report states, noting that pulling New Zealand away from those alliances would also further China’s efforts to become a global power.
Concern that New Zealand has been compromised by Chinese influence has led some to question whether it can remain in the Five Eyes club.
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“In New Zealand, both the last prime minister, Bill English, and [current Prime Minister] Jacinda Ardern, have denied that there’s a problem at all, ” Peter Mattis, a former CIA expert on China,told the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission in April. Mattis also said a major fundraiser for the current government was linked to China’s “United Front” influence-building work.
“I think that at some level the Five Eyes, or the Four Eyes, need to have a discussion about whether or not New Zealand can remain given this problem with the political core,” said Mattis, who is now a fellow at The Jamestown Foundation. “It needs to be put in those terms so that New Zealand’s government understands that the consequences are substantial for not thinking through and addressing some of the problems that they face.”
Ardern, who took over as prime minister in late October, told the New Zealand Herald no such concerns had been expressed to her by US officials.
“None of them have ever raised such concerns with me, nor have I heard that they have ever been raised with anyone else,” Ardern said. “Our intelligence agencies are constantly undertaking a wide range of investigative activity on foreign threats and we constantly review our safeguards.”
Ardern told The Guardian she “had no indication that our Five Eyes membership is under question” from other members.
The general secretary of Ardern’s Labour Party said the party followed the law on donations and had no idea to which fundraiser Mattis was referring. New Zealand’s opposition leader also denied that the former prime minister had improper contact with Chinese officials.
Experts in New Zealand said a rising power like China should be expected to seek more influence abroad and that Wellington should be responsive to Washington’s concerns – but they also cautioned against letting New Zealand be cast in a Cold War-style conflict with China that some US officials seem interested in creating.
“For a small state like New Zealand … it can often be a challenge as to how to defend the country against foreign political interference,” the CSIS report concludes. “It takes the political will of the government of the day and popular support to do so. If New Zealand can find a way to better manage its economic and political relationship with the PRC, it could become a model to other Western states.”

China's gruesome live organ harvest exposed in documentary

China's gruesome live organ harvest exposed in documentary

China's hospitals are harvesting the body parts of thousands of political prisoners and removing their vital organs while they are still alive, according to a harrowing documentary exposing the horrific state-sanctioned practice.
Doctors and medical students working in state-run civilian and military hospitals take up to 11,000 organs a year from donors under no anaesthetic to supply China's lucrative "organs on-demand" transplant program, say a network of invesitgators comprised of international researchers, doctors and human rights lawyers attempting to end the macabre abuses.
Human rigts lawyer David Matas has spoken out about organ harvesting in China.
Human rigts lawyer David Matas has spoken out about organ harvesting in China.
The documentary, Human Harvest: China's Organ Trafficking, by Canadian filmmaker Leon Lee, followed these investigators for eight years as they worked to mobilise international condemnation of what they say is a booming billion-dollar organ harvesting industry for the benefit of wealthy paying organ recipients.
"When I cut through [the body] blood was still running ... this person was not dead," said one doctor of his first encounter with live organ harvesting as a medical student filmed by Lee.

The long-persecuted and banned religious Falun Gong have been identified as key targets of China's live organ harvesting program in a documentary.
The long-persecuted and banned religious Falun Gong have been identified as key targets of China's live organ harvesting program in a documentary.
"I took the liver and two kidneys. It took me 30 minutes," he said.
A former Chinese hospital worker and doctor's wife, whose identity was withheld, told Lee that her husband had removed the corneas of 2000 people while they were still alive. Afterwards the bodies were secretly incinerated.
China has the second highest rate of transplants in the world, with startlingly short wait times for transplant recipients of just two to three weeks.
But a recent Red Cross report found only 37 people nationwide were registered organ donors and harvesting organs from executed prisoners did not come close to accounting for the more than 10,000 transplant procedures performed every year.
Human Rights Lawyer and nobel peace prize nominee David Matas told Lee that living political prisoners make up for the shortfall, with the long-persecuted and banned religious group, the Falun Gong, key targets.
"Somebody's being killed for the organs," human rights lawyer David Matas says.
"There's no other way to explain what's happening."
Chinese officials have denied the allegations, claiming organ donors are volunteers. However, under China's president Xi Jinping, the government has vowed the program would we wound up by August this year, hanging the blame on former security chief Zhou Yongkang.
But Matas and his colleagues are pushing for the perpetrators to stand before the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.
The film aired on SBS Dateline on Tuesday night.