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Very not surprising.

14 ( +18 / -4 )

Kudos, Australia. Thank you.

16 ( +24 / -8 )

Commendable, and surely not the last.

But... no doubt a lot of less affluent nations will see this, and grasp at it, as a good opportunity to cosy up to the CCP regime: I'm sure Xi and co will be brazenly, and quite literally, parading this fact in front of the world, when the time comes.

5 ( +9 / -4 )

Good on the Aussies.

Now the question is how many countries will boycott. I could see Canada choosing to support this now that the Aussies are doing it, and after China kidnapped two Canadian citizens for three years and kept them in their gulag.

The CCP are about to look like losers with egg on their face. Take that Mao and Winnie the Xi. Dictator losers.

10 ( +23 / -13 )

Probably not sending them because Morrison is planning another lockdown just for the fun of it.

-19 ( +6 / -25 )

A few posters have been claiming over recent times that Australia is just a “vassal state” of China… this isn’t very vassal-like behaviour now, is it?

Expect more diplomatic boycotts, and expect the Chinese to get very, very annoyed about it. But then in Australia, we’ve got used to that.

9 ( +15 / -6 )

A few posters have been claiming over recent times that Australia is just a “vassal state” of China… this isn’t very vassal-like behaviour now, is it?

This is another tokenistic measure by Australia, a country completely reliant on China economically. If it wants to really send a message to China, it should cut off the iron ore supply... fat chance of that happening though.

-5 ( +8 / -13 )

Yet Australia cant complain about Chinese not meeting with us to discuss other issues now .

I support ongoing dialogue through hard times as well as good.

-12 ( +2 / -14 )

Well done OZ!

14 ( +19 / -5 )

Good, call out, expose and show those regimes that subject any parts of their populace to suppression, genocide, that it simply will NOT stand. Athlete boycott next.

11 ( +13 / -2 )

Why would Beijing bother what a faithful pet of US does?

-18 ( +4 / -22 )

Why would Beijing bother what a faithful pet of US does?

But I thought they were a pet of the CCP?

You guys are all over the place.

10 ( +15 / -5 )

A few posters have been claiming over recent times that Australia is just a “vassal state” of China… this isn’t very vassal-like behaviour now, is it?

A few posters have been claiming over recent times that Australia is just a "vassal state" of the US.

This is very vassal-like behavior now, is it?

-9 ( +3 / -12 )

Does this mean John Coates is not going? Fat chance of him not being there, IMO. Nothing like a junket in a 5-star hotel for these corrupt IOC members.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Good on the Aussies, they have a few more issues to boot with china than most, but really wish these would turn into full boycotts, china is simply so so SO undeserving of being a host

And bach & coates clearly need to go form the IOC & that organization needs to be totally dismantled!

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Soon to be joined by several Western European Democracies. What say you, Japan?

6 ( +9 / -3 )

ok.

and so what?

why just half measure?

why just halfmensch?

if you have that strong strong democratical principles - why dont you boycott completely?

show your courage.

or better keep doing business with China as usual?

money talks!

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

Beijing is very thin skinned. They are extremely sensitive and they care about any form of rebuke of their regime.

It is a loss of face for Xi Jinping and the CCP. I hope more nations make he same choice.

8 ( +11 / -3 )

More good news!

3 ( +8 / -5 )

It is a start, and it is China's fault for stopping diplomatic contacts with Australia for the past two years. China decided it didnt want ministerial contacts with Australia and this is a logical response.

It will blame Australia but the blame lays solely with Peking.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

Oh boy, more people who weren't going to be invited "boycotting" an event. Much bigger news if they decide to stop sending athletes. Which, I would be all for. Not because I think China deserves any specific boycott, but the Olympics sure as hell do.

@Strangerland

But I thought they were a pet of the CCP?

I am not sure who would make that claim, but even as a supporter of China I definitely wouldn't put Australia anywhere in the orbit of the CPC. Outside of the economic concessions that every country has to make, but I don't think that makes someone an inherent supporter or even the US would be a "pet".

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

Good! Now if the athletes (about 40 of them) could follow suit it would be even better.

As Peter14 has mentioned, China is not picking up the phone to talk so why should we bother sending reps from our government to their winter games?

The average Joe Blow in the street here would agree I’m sure.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Wow - the Communist authorities must be devastated that diplomats from the US, NZ and Australia will not attend the Genocide Games. Not.

Boycott the Genocide Games. Completely.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

After the 1936 Olympic every German citizen who didn't back the Nazi was all for the Nazi after the game. The 1936 Olympic was a huge propaganda win for the Nazi. Nazi Germany was known international before the 1936 game for it human rights record for its demonising of Jews and others races and no country boycotted. The CCP game should be seen as a huge propaganda a win the CCP. All Athletes should have a very good look at history and make a stance for human rights and not be use as a propaganda tool of the CCP.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Rob NadsToday 11:26 am JST

This is another tokenistic measure by Australia, a country completely reliant on China economically. If it wants to really send a message to China, it should cut off the iron ore supply... fat chance of that happening though.

China has already slapped punitive tariffs on Australia's wine, barley, timber, lobster and coal, with billions of dollars of export revenue lost. China did that because the "vassal state" led the push to determine the origins of Covid-19. It's since become even more pissed off with us because of our nuclear submarine ambitions and our membership of AUKUS, among many other perceived slights. But Australia hasn't backed off. It hasn't done what China wants, i.e. say sorry and stay meekly in the corner. This "tokenistic" action is further proof of that, and will be seen as such by the CCP.

But that's not good enough for you. You think that Australia should now commit economic self-harm by completely suspending iron ore exports to China, worth about $127 billion for the financial year 20/21. It is not a case of Australia being reliant on China economically, it's an interdependent relationship. China can't do on iron ore what it's done with other Australia products, because it needs it and there's no ready substitute source. Due to the integrated nature of the world economy (a process which began long before to Xi Jinping's morphing into Mao Zhedong) many countries have developed a degree of economic interdependence (or even dependence) on/with China. Do you have any idea how many of the products you personally buy, or that your country depends on for its economic well-being, originate wholly or partly in China? Any economic action against China of the scale you suggest has to happen as part of a coordinated action between many countries, not one country taking the brunt of it by going out on a limb.

Tokenistic? On top of every other alleged offence we've committed against China? BS.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Getting more lop-sided all the time. Then again with this CoVid still going on, it ain't worth the risk.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Why would Beijing bother what a faithful pet of US does?

This is how the CCP is trying to spin it.

Like a petulant little child who is too silly to realize everyone can clearly see the egg on their face no matter how much they try to pretend they don't care.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

Vessel State ? Last week Australia was in batting for Taiwan if war broke out. Last year Australia told the CCP and the world that the CCP should be investigated for starting a pandemic. Where were the other Countries ???? The UK ??? EU ??? Canada ??? India ??? USA sitting no their hand and silently telling Australia behind close doors Don,t poke the bear. As for Australia world best iron ore. You would be stupid not to sell at the high prices Australia demands. The CCP can go and buy their iron ore and metallurgy coal elsewhere for haft the price pre ton but choose Australia high price high quality iron ore and metallurgy coal over instead for the next 2 decades. The CCP need Australia more than Australia needs the CCP. Any person who thinks Australia is a CCP lackey are having problems with their logical thinking.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

China has already slapped punitive tariffs on Australia's wine, barley, timber, lobster and coal, with billions of dollars of export revenue lost. China did that because the "vassal state" led the push to determine the origins of Covid-19. It's since become even more pissed off with us because of our nuclear submarine ambitions and our membership of AUKUS, among many other perceived slights. But Australia hasn't backed off. It hasn't done what China wants, i.e. say sorry and stay meekly in the corner. This "tokenistic" action is further proof of that, and will be seen as such by the CCP.

Apparently, the CCP were also quite taken aback when they kidnapped two Canadian citizens, and Canada did not bow to their pressure to release Meng. They thought that they could exert their dominance over democratic nations. The big mistake the CCP makes is not realizing that just because they are dictators and can do whatever they want to their people, democratic countries operate by the rule of law and have pride, with the citizens supporting the government by choice, rather than the fear the CCP use as a stick to keep the people in line.

It's a major screw up on the part of the CCP. They have overplayed their hand twice now. You have to wonder how many times they can overplay it before going bust.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

Hey! Fine by us. If they want to impose sanctions, no problem. I'm sure other countries will join Australia. What will we miss about China? Not much, if you like copied goods as opposed to good quality products.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

There’s nothing wrong with being a vassal state. It is what it is.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

The CCP need Australia more than Australia needs the CCP.

Australia's real estate bubble collapses immediately without Chinese money laundering, the universities go broke without being able to provide "education" (i.e. path to residency) to Chinese "students", and the economy is completely doomed without the revenue from selling iron ore to the Chinese. Australia is 100% reliant on China for its continued economic survival.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

I suspect there will be more countries to follow suit. However, I doubt if it will achieve anything against China's resolve.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Australia is 100% reliant on China for its continued economic survival.

I call obvious BS on that drivel.

Chinese economy would stall without Australian raw resources. No manufacturing for the world without steel. Nobody to supply what Australia does. China kills 40 billion in trade from Australia and Australia sells over 30 billion of that to other destinations. Australia is resilient enough to survive and thrive without China. A pity China cant say the same.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

but even as a supporter of China 

you got a downvote just for this comment alone

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

but even as a supporter of China 

you got a downvote just for this comment alone

More than one.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

Why would Beijing bother what a faithful pet of US does

China sucks, bad Karma will tear the country apart. 2022 year of the Tiger as she turns inward.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

@ Rob Nads:

“Australia is 100% dependent on China for its economic survival”

100%, eh? Hyperbole, much? Do you know that Australia has a healthy balance of trade with many countries, of which China may be the largest but is not the only one? Australia has already found alternative markets for some of the banished exports, and it will find more. The real estate bubble - if that’s what it is - preceded Chinese investment and will carry on without it. And if it doesn’t, and prices drop, that’s not a bad thing anyway. People have been predicting a real estate crash for most of the past 35 years. Hasn’t happened yet. The universities will market education to other countries in South and South-east Asia, as they’re already doing. And finally, the country is not “completely doomed” without iron ore exports to China. What does “completely doomed” mean in this context anyway? What’s your real agenda in using the Australian government diplomatic boycott of the Games to try and paint such an unbalanced and ridiculous picture of what might happen as a consequence?

1 ( +5 / -4 )

The current Australian Government going out of its way to pick a fight with China…lol !

Australian barley, coal, copper ore, cotton, hay, logs, rock lobsters, sugar, wine, beef, citrus fruit, grains, table grapes, dairy products and infant formula have all been subject to Chinese sanctions.

Australian Government has bit the very hand that fed them ( China ). Without smooth trade with China the Australian economy will collapse in the months ahead as that is inevitable. No other country including America and Japan can buy the same quantity as the Chinese we’re buying from Australia! In the end the local Australians will suffer! People commenting here supporting the boycott don’t have any vested interest in Australian economy or majority local Australian as for them only bashing China is fulfilling!

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Australia's real estate bubble collapses immediately without Chinese money laundering, the universities go broke without being able to provide "education" (i.e. path to residency) to Chinese "students", and the economy is completely doomed without the revenue from selling iron ore to the Chinese. Australia is 100% reliant on China for its continued economic survival.

Totally agree with you on this… people thinking otherwise don’t know the reality of the situation or how the economy works! Replacing China as a partner is never going to be a success for Australia and their economy is just going to crash in the months ahead!

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

100%, eh? Hyperbole, much? Do you know that Australia has a healthy balance of trade with many countries, of which China may be the largest but is not the only one? Australia has already found alternative markets for some of the banished exports, and it will find more. The real estate bubble - if that’s what it is - preceded Chinese investment and will carry on without it. And if it doesn’t, and prices drop, that’s not a bad thing anyway. People have been predicting a real estate crash for most of the past 35 years. Hasn’t happened yet. The universities will market education to other countries in South and South-east Asia, as they’re already doing. And finally, the country is not “completely doomed” without iron ore exports to China. What does “completely doomed” mean in this context anyway? What’s your real agenda in using the Australian government diplomatic boycott of the Games to try and paint such an unbalanced and ridiculous picture of what might happen as a consequence?

You clearly don’t know how the economy and the real state market works! China is irreplaceable for Australia if they want to maintain their strong economic status in the world. No other country can replace China as far as exporting, real estate and capital investments are concerned for a steady Australian economy!

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Australian Government has bit the very hand that fed them ( China ).

It is actually China biting Australia's hand.

Without smooth trade with China the Australian economy will collapse in the months ahead as that is inevitable.

It has been almost two years now and only Growth in the Australian economy to show for it.

No other country including America and Japan can buy the same quantity as the Chinese we’re buying from Australia! In the end the local Australians will suffer!

We spread the sales over a number of new destinations rather than rely on only one. That is a better situation for Australia anyway.

What Jim does not understand is Australia is the beginning of the supply chain and as such is always in demand from somewhere. If not China then from others. It is handy to sell to one customer to be sure but not necessary. China cannot replace the iron ore it gets from Australia from all other sources in the world put together. Australia is by far the worlds largest producer and exporter. If China does not buy it then it means its not manufacturing anywhere near as many goods. Someone else will get the orders to make them and buy Australian ore. We still sell it no matter what, but China as middle man looses business to other middle men.

Chinese people will continue to suffer under Jinping Xi and it will only get worse in the future.

Australia leads the world in standing up to Chinese economic coercion, bullying and outright lies.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Jim:

Well, we’ll see what happens, Jim. See you back here in a few months (that’s all you’ve given us) for a description of how the Australian economy (as distinct from the world economy) stands or falls. Remember - Rob Nads has predicted a complete collapse of the Australian economy. Australia doesn’t have to do much better than that to see his prediction go gurgling down the drain.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Australia will not send officials to Beijing Olympics: PM

Well done. While I am disappointed watching Australia moving towards a CCP style dictatorship with its draconian Covid rules, at least this is a step in the right direction for once.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

The childish tantrum of the AUKUS crybabies..

They can cry, they can bark, they can make drama but Chinese games are unstoppable..

See you in Beijing !!.. Lol

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

They can cry, they can bark, they can make drama but Chinese games are unstoppable..

It's true. But they're going to be egg on the face of Beijing when no diplomats show up from any first-world nations.

I bet Kim will go though. Maybe Trump will make the trip to meet his long-lost love-letter pen-pal.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Maybe Trump will make the trip to meet his long-lost love-letter pen-pal.

China isn't allowing the US to ship it's hazardous wastes there any more.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

@ Rob Nads:

I’m pulling the race card? You used the term, I looked it up, that’s what I found.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Oh,Kay, then. It’s back to Olympic support for “The Great Red Dragon from The East” vs. “*The West” *??

*- @TokyoLiving 1:27am:“The childish tantrum of the AUKUS crybabies.. They can cry, bark, make drama but Chinese games are unstoppable.. See you in Beijing !!.. Lol” -*

‘Tells’, a lot. Good Luck at those ‘Games’..
0 ( +0 / -0 )

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