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Canberra’s enthusiasm for conflict with Beijing should be concerning

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Australia’s enthusiasm for potential conflict with China should concern the world.

A recent military spending spree is giving some Australian leaders a false sense of security that might tempt them to do something unwise that would have serious consequences.

The Australian political class does not live in a bubble, but a fortress built with the bricks of prejudice, paranoia and racism, slapped together with the mortar of past mistakes. The last remnants of white supremacy, what is left of the old white aristocracy, the heart of the Australian political class, is deeply suspicious of globalization, resents a multiethnic society and loathes the idea of China as an equal.

The government of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison arguably poses the greatest threat to U.S. interests in the region since the 1970s. Australia is unpredictable and could easily go off script at a moment’s notice.

During Donald Trump’s term in office, the political class in Australia began to craft and create the image of China as a many-tentacled giant octopus seeking to infiltrate, control and strangle the nation. This was a repackaging of the old “yellow peril” (anti-China) myth that led to the notorious White Australia Policy. This new, updated version of the “yellow peril” targets all-powerful Chinese President Xi Jinping, the wicked Communist Party and the Wuhan lab COVID-19 conspiracy.

Australia’s response to China’s rise........

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