The anti-China campaign in Australia

Australian raids on Chinese journalists mark escalation of US-led witch hunt

By Mike Head, 12 September 2020

The timeline of this affair points to an intensifying anti-China propaganda campaign, instigated by Washington and the intelligence apparatus.

Australian intelligence agencies raided Chinese journalists in June

By Oscar Grenfell, 10 September 2020

Amid an escalating diplomatic conflict, it has emerged that the Australian intelligence agencies have been targeting Chinese journalists and academics.

Bipartisan Australian move to ban agreements with China

By Mike Head, 29 August 2020

The bill was announced amid bellicose anti-China speeches by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and an accompanying media witch hunt.

Australian media stokes fears over Papua New Guinea-China links

By John Braddock, 27 August 2020

The Australian media is working hand-in-hand with the government to undermine China’s presence in its former colonial possession.

Former Australian PM: Beware the Guns of August in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 8 August 2020

Kevin Rudd argues that the danger of war between the US and China is greater than at any time since the 1950s and warns the risk “will be especially high” in the lead-up to the US presidential election.

Australian government signs up to US offensive against China

By Mike Head, 30 July 2020

The joint AUSMIN statement by top Australian and US officials broadcast all the Trump administration’s incendiary and unproven allegations against China.

US demands even greater support from Australia in confrontation with China

By Mike Head, 25 July 2020

Despite the intensifying COVID-19 danger in the US, Australia’s foreign and defence ministers will personally attend the annual AUSMIN talks in Washington next week.

Australian government seeks to place country on war footing

By Mike Head, 4 July 2020

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has identified the Indo-Pacific as the likely arena for another world war, directed against China.

Australia’s US-backed anti-China witch hunt escalates with raid on MP’s home

By Mike Head, 27 June 2020

The operation is another step towards branding anyone who challenges Australia's involvement in the US offensive against Beijing as a “foreign agent.”

Australian government alleges cyber-attack to ramp-up provocations against China

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 June 2020

Prime Minister Scott Morrison failed to provide any evidence of a cyber-attack, but the media rushed to proclaim that China was responsible.

US threatens to “disconnect” Australia if it strays from conflict with China

By Mike Head, 26 May 2020

Pompeo’s bullying intervention is part of an intensifying campaign by Washington to confront China economically and militarily.

Australian government heightens trade conflict with China

By Mike Head, 18 May 2020

Successive Australian governments have been in the forefront of imposing tariffs and other restrictions on imports from China.

Australian intelligence sources alarmed by US “Wuhan lab” claim

By Mike Head, 11 May 2020

The primary fear in these ruling circles is that the assertions are so unreliable that they discredit the US confrontation with China, in which Australia is on the frontline.

Australian government places country on frontline of anti-China witch hunt

By Mike Head, 2 May 2020

Australia unilaterally called for an international inquiry into the COVID-19 pandemic, boosting the Trump administration’s unsubstantiated accusations against China.

Australian government joins Washington’s anti-China campaign over pandemic

By Oscar Grenfell, 21 April 2020

The Australian government, backed by the Labor opposition, is positioning itself as the Trump administration’s attack dog, repeating its unsubstantiated claims against China and the World Health Organisation.

Australian government expands northern air base for US military use against China

By Mike Head, 24 February 2020

Echoing Pentagon terminology, Prime Minister Morrison declared the Tindal base was the “sharp end of the spear.”

Labor Party leads Australian attack on British government over Huawei

By Mike Head, 20 February 2020

The line-up behind the US confrontation with China sheds further light on the persecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Australian universities slash jobs in response to coronavirus travel ban impact

By Mike Head, 18 February 2020

As well as students having their lives and futures severely disrupted, thousands of casual academics are having their hours slashed.

Australian coronavirus travel ban blocks thousands of Chinese students

By Eric Ludlow, 8 February 2020

The blanket ban by the Morrison government affects any foreign national trying to enter Australia from mainland China.

Australian media’s “Chinese spy defection” story unravels

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 December 2019

The collapse of Wang Liqiang’s story, and the revelation that he is most likely “the spy who wasn’t,” is an object lesson in the fraudulent character of the entire anti-China campaign.

Australian establishment’s anti-China campaign goes into overdrive

By Oscar Grenfell, 28 November 2019

There is little doubt that the anti-China barrage in Australia is the result of consultations with, and substantial pressure from, the US military and intelligence establishment.

Australian media and intelligence agencies reveal “Chinese spy” defection

By Oscar Grenfell, 26 November 2019

Despite the implausible character of many of the defector’s claims, they have been presented uncritically by media outlets seeking to bolster the escalating and protracted campaign against supposed “Chinese interference.”

Australian Strategic Forum tries to downplay danger of US-China conflict

By James Cogan, 21 November 2019

Warnings that US-China tensions could lead to war were largely dismissed by the majority of the forum speakers.

Australian establishment up-in-arms after Beijing bans visit by two MPs

By James Cogan, 19 November 2019

The hypocrisy of the latest anti-China outburst is underscored by the Australian government refusal to allow Chelsea Manning, the American whistleblower and defender of democratic rights, to travel to the country.

Video: 70 years after the Chinese Revolution—How the struggle for socialism was betrayed

31 October 2019

The following lecture was delivered by Peter Symonds at eight campuses in Australia and at meeting in Wellington, New Zealand.

Australian and New Zealand students speak after lecture on 70th anniversary of Chinese Revolution

By our reporters, 31 October 2019

“The real root ideas of socialism were not implemented in China from the bottom-up. I learnt that Trotskyism is internationalism, but Mao did not agree with that perspective.”

Australia: “Four Corners” program promotes anti-China witch-hunt

By Oscar Grenfell, 17 October 2019

The program underscores the role of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as a mouthpiece for the political establishment and the intelligence agencies.

Australian PM aligns with Trump administration against “globalism” and China

By James Cogan, 8 October 2019

Morrison reviewed the sweeping steps that have already been taken to assist the United States wage “strategic competition” against China.

Australian Labor Party courts big business

By Mike Head, 7 October 2019

Labor leaders are “blitzing” corporate boardrooms to win their backing in the wake of Labor’s election debacle.

Australia: Important response to first IYSSE lectures on the 1949 Chinese Revolution

By our reporters, 7 October 2019

The final lectures will be held at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) later today, and at Western Sydney University on October 9, the University of New South Wales on October 16, and Macquarie University on October 17.

Lectures in Australia and New Zealand on the 1949 Chinese Revolution

23 September 2019

In this video, Peter Symonds, SEP national WSWS editor, explains the relevance of his upcoming lecture “70 years after the Chinese Revolution: How the struggle for socialism was betrayed” to contemporary events. Details of dates and venues in Australia and New Zealand are available here.

Anti-China witch-hunt targets Australian universities

By Oscar Grenfell, 26 August 2019

The government and the security agencies convened a meeting with universities, threatening research involving Chinese academics.

Australia’s US Studies Centre advocates war-footing against China

By James Cogan, 22 August 2019

The policies that the pro-US think tank proposes could not be implemented without the suppression of widespread political opposition.

Australian prime minister elevates pro-US militarists to top cabinet, intelligence positions

By James Cogan, 20 August 2019

Shearer’s role will be to advise Morrison and other ministers on how to publicly promote the US-led preparations for war with China.

Australia: Pro-US ideologue brands student groups as China’s “useful idiots”

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 August 2019

Clive Hamilton’s comments are a warning that Australia’s involvement in the US drive to war with China will be accompanied by political repression domestically.

Establishment figures welcome renewed anti-China hysteria in Australia

By James Cogan, 13 August 2019

The ruling elite requires Australia’s incorporation into US war preparations to be accompanied by slandering any public opposition as the product of “Chinese interference.”

Following AUSMIN talks, Australian politician compares China to Nazi Germany

By James Cogan, 10 August 2019

Andrew Hastie falsely compared the purported failure of Australia to respond to the threat posed by China with France’s lack of response to the “German advance in 1940.”

“Four Corners” broadcasts further claims of “Chinese interference” in Australia

By Peter Symonds, 10 April 2019

The “Four Corners” program signals a push to enforce the draconian “foreign interference” laws, passed last year with bipartisan support.

Alleged hacking of Australian parliament feeds anti-China frenzy

By Peter Symonds, 20 February 2019

The hacking claims are bound up with Australia’s alignment with the escalating US confrontation with China over trade and economic issues, and the military build-up in the Indo-Pacific for war.

Chinese billionaire stripped of Australian residency as “foreign interference” campaign ramps up

By James Cogan, 7 February 2019

Huang’s banishment may well be the prelude to the first criminal charges laid against Australian citizens under the “foreign interference” laws.

Australian political and media establishment intensifies anti-China campaign

By Oscar Grenfell, 31 January 2019

A coordinated political offensive is underway, aimed at legitimising Australia’s central role in the US confrontation with Beijing.

Australian prime minister’s Pacific visit reinforces militarist line up against China

By Mike Head, 19 January 2019

The trip underscored the bullying nature of the turn by Canberra to reassert its predatory interests in the South West Pacific, and that of Washington, against Beijing.

US Senate confirms top-level political “fixer” as ambassador to Australia

By Mike Head, 8 January 2019

Culvahouse’s appointment underscores Washington’s determination to ensure there is not the slightest deviation in Australia’s front line role in any conflict with China.

At APEC, PM puts Australia on frontline of US confrontation with China

By Peter Symonds, 21 November 2018

Australian Prime Minister Morrison lined up with US Vice President Pence at the recent APEC meeting, as China’s policies were denounced across the board.

Australia declares China a threat to military-related university research and infrastructure

By Mike Head, 1 November 2018

A report by the government-funded Australian Strategic Policy Institute alleges that Chinese military-linked researchers are working “undercover” in US and allied universities.

Australia backs Trump as US ramps up anti-China drive

By Peter Symonds, 17 October 2018

There is an intense discussion in Australian think tanks and military and intelligence circles over the need to accelerate preparations for regional and global war.

Australian prime minister delivers an anxious speech on relations with China

By Mike Head, 13 August 2018

There is evident alarm that the Trump administration’s protectionism could have flow-on effects for Australian exporters and throw into doubt Washington’s global reliability.

Ultra-nationalist US demagogue Stephen Bannon hails Australia’s new foreign interference laws

By James Cogan, 11 July 2018

The legislation is particularly admired by America’s far right, the Trump administration and the US military-intelligence establishment.

Growing concern in Canberra over PNG links with China

By John Braddock, 25 June 2018

Claims of Chinese influence in Papua New Guinea are being ramped up ahead of November’s Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Port Moresby.

Hillary Clinton demands Australia and New Zealand act against “Chinese interference”

By Mike Head, 14 May 2018

Clinton’s whipping up of anti-Chinese sentiment in Australia and New Zealand was accompanied by her appeals to affluent feminist layers.

Australian and Chinese navy ships reportedly face off in the South China Sea

By Gary Alvernia, 24 April 2018

International media outlets gave the incident prominent coverage, depicting it as a “Chinese challenge” to Australian warships.

Australian media stokes fears of Chinese military base in Vanuatu

By John Braddock, 13 April 2018

The escalating propaganda war is another sign of deepening tensions across the Asia Pacific that threaten to embroil the entire region into a major war.

Anti-China dossier highlights target of Australian “foreign interference” bills

By Mike Head, 10 February 2018

A parliamentary submission depicts Chinese Australians as participants in a subversive Chinese Communist Party network.

With Indo-Pacific tensions rising, Japan and Australia strengthen military ties

By Mike Head, 19 January 2018

Turnbull’s visit to Tokyo constitutes another warning that all the major powers in the region are preparing for war.

Australian minister lashes out at China over Pacific aid

By Peter Symonds, 11 January 2018

Fierravanti-Wells declared that China was “duchessing” politicians in the Pacific, lending funds on unfavourable terms and financing worthless construction projects.

Beijing warns against Australia’s anti-China campaign

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 December 2017

The Chinese regime is fearful that the Australian government’s draconian “foreign interference” legislation could be used as a precedent by the US and its allies.

Anti-China witch-hunt in Australia escalates

By Peter Symonds, 11 December 2017

The campaign is being driven by the Australian intelligence agencies—backed to the hilt by Washington—amid the growing danger of a US war against North Korea and China.

Behind the anti-China witch-hunt against Australian senator

By Peter Symonds, 30 November 2017

The denunciations of Sam Dastyari are aimed at intimidating all anti-war opposition as the US intensifies its war drive against North Korea and China.

Trump’s Asia tour leaves region on brink of trade war and military conflict

By James Cogan, 15 November 2017

President Trump’s bellicose rhetoric, on both North Korea and trade, cannot obscure the fact that his trip marks a new nadir in the strategic position of US imperialism.

Australian intelligence agency demands sweeping powers to suppress Chinese “interference”

By James Cogan, 22 June 2017

ASIO asserts that political opposition to Australian and US policy toward China could be the result of “foreign influence.”

Australian prime minister ridicules Trump as a buffoon and Russian stooge

By James Cogan, 16 June 2017

Malcolm Turnbull wanted his resentment of, and contempt for, the American president made public.

Australian media widens campaign against Chinese “influence”

By James Cogan, 14 June 2017

A witch-hunt against alleged Chinese interference in the country is assuming ever-more anti-democratic and sinister dimensions.

Australian establishment falls into line with anti-China allegations

By James Cogan, 7 June 2017

Fears about growing anti-war sentiment motivate efforts to develop suspicion and hostility towards China.

The Coming War on China: A pacifist appeal

By Richard Phillips, 14 April 2017

Pilger’s documentary exposes something of Washington’s escalating war plans against China but suggests that protests can prevent a nuclear conflagration.

Australian opposition parties block extradition treaty with China

By James Cogan, 3 April 2017

With shameless cynicism, China is labelled both a totalitarian state and a threat to the US-dominated global rules-based order.

China makes overtures amid strategic uncertainty in Australia

By James Cogan, 29 March 2017

Behind the scenes, frank exchanges undoubtedly occurred on Canberra’s stance towards growing tensions between China, its largest trading partner, and the US, its strategic ally.

Australian government flags “foreign policy reset” in response to Trump

By James Cogan, 4 March 2017

The Trump administration’s “America First” agenda has produced consternation within the political and strategic establishment.

Trump browbeats Australian “ally”

By Mike Head, 4 February 2017

Just two weeks in office, Trump’s aggressive “America First” economic nationalism and militarism are sending political shockwaves around the world.

US “pivot to Asia” in disarray

By Peter Symonds, 26 October 2016

Far from making a retreat, Washington’s response to its setbacks will be to escalate its diplomatic intrigues and military provocations in the Asia Pacific.

Public rifts erupt in Australian government

By Mike Head, 22 October 2016

The internal warfare wracking the Liberal-National Coalition cannot be explained by a dispute over gun laws.

US ambassador backs campaign against “Chinese influence” in Australia

By Peter Symonds, 15 September 2016

Berry’s intervention confirms American involvement in the anti-Beijing crusade, and highlights US determination to ensure Canberra’s support for its war drive against China.

Intelligence agencies reportedly question Australian PM’s “stance” on China

By James Cogan, 5 September 2016

The question mark over Turnbull’s allegiance to the US alliance and anti-China agenda has been raised under conditions in which he holds office by a thread.

Australian establishment discusses prospect of US-China war

By James Cogan, 1 September 2016

ASPI began with the question “under what circumstances would Australia join in a war against China?”

Australian government blocks Chinese bids for electricity grid

By Mike Head, 13 August 2016

The decision highlights the dilemma facing the Australian ruling elite, which depends heavily on China economically but relies on the US militarily.

Australian government faces “test” over Chinese bid for electricity grid

By Mike Head, 10 August 2016

Sharp differences have erupted over the Turnbull government’s looming decision on whether to permit State Grid to operate Sydney’s electricity supply.

China issues warning to Australia over South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 2 August 2016

The state-owned Global Times newspaper suggested that Australia would be “an ideal target for China to warn and strike” if it intruded in South China Sea disputes.

US vice president’s trip triggers debate on US-China conflict

By Mike Head and James Cogan, 23 July 2016

A full-scale US assault on China would almost certainly escalate into a nuclear war, in which millions would die.

Australian prime minister skirts controversy in China

By James Cogan, 16 April 2016

Turnbull carefully avoided any contentious public remarks on the US-China confrontation in the South China Sea.

Australia’s prime minister to make state visit to China

By James Cogan, 13 April 2016

Despite the hype about exciting economic opportunities in China, Turnbull faces fraught issues on trade and Australia’s involvement in the US military buildup in Asia.

CSIS report argues for strong US-Japan-Australia alliance against China

By Peter Symonds, 9 April 2016

The Washington think tank’s proposed “federated defence” is nothing but a system of military alliances to prepare for war with China—akin to the alliances that preceded the previous two world wars.

Australian Greens cover up Defence White Paper plans for war on China

By Mike Head, 3 March 2016

The Greens, who once postured as an anti-war party, have sent another signal of their readiness to support the US-led military build-up against China.

Ex-Australian PM calls for “freedom of navigation” challenge to China

By Peter Symonds, 2 March 2016

Abbott’s comments are part of growing demands for the Australian government to mount a military intrusion into Chinese-claimed territory in the South China Sea.

Labor Party steps up demands for Australia to “stand up” to China

By James Cogan, 20 February 2016

Labor is serving as the catspaw of the US military establishment and seeking to dramatically ratchet up military tensions with Beijing.

Australian foreign minister echoes US demands against China

By James Cogan, 18 February 2016

Bishop’s visit to Japan and China underscored Australia’s role as a key partner of Washington’s aggressive “pivot to Asia.”

The Pentagon’s CSIS report and Australia’s role in the escalating war drive against China

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 3 February 2016

Washington’s entire anti-China strategy has received the unconditional backing of successive governments in Canberra.

Australian prime minister visits US military commander in Hawaii

By Mike Head, 23 January 2016

Over the past year, the admiral has played a vocal role in inflaming tensions with China, particularly over its territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Obama thanks Australian prime minister for war efforts

By Peter Symonds, 20 January 2016

While the tone was not as strident as his predecessor, Turnbull’s underlying message was the same: full support for US militarism around the world.

Australia: Labor Party attacks government over Chinese port contract

By James Cogan, 23 November 2015

Labor’s subservience to Washington and the US-Australia alliance is in line with its entire history.

US president reproaches Australian PM over Darwin port deal

By Peter Symonds, 19 November 2015

Amid rising tensions with Beijing, Obama said Washington should have had “a heads-up” over a Chinese company winning the northern Australian port lease.

Divisions emerge over Chinese contract for northern Australian port

By James Cogan, 16 November 2015

The discussion shifted from the commercial opportunities offered by Chinese investment to the “threat” posed by Chinese companies.

Australia and China conduct joint naval exercises

By Peter Symonds, 3 November 2015

The joint operation in no way eases the tensions heightened by the US naval intrusion into Chinese-claimed territory in the South China Sea last week.

Tensions soar internationally following US deployment in South China Sea

By James Cogan, 28 October 2015

The reckless calculation in Washington is that the Chinese regime’s diplomatic and military response to its provocative actions are nothing more than rhetoric.

War dangers in South China Sea continue to rise

By James Cogan, 20 June 2015

Military deployments are taking place in Asia that would be viewed in China as preparations for a potential provocation.

Australian government “actively considering” dangerous provocation in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 2 June 2015

Acting on Washington’s behalf, Canberra is drawing up plans to challenge China by flying a military aircraft into what Beijing considers its territorial airspace.

Officials signal Australia will join US provocation in South China Sea

By James Cogan, 28 May 2015

Prime Minister Tony Abbott will reportedly receive a briefing within two weeks on military “options” to challenge China’s territorial claims.

Australia deeply embedded in US military build-up in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 25 May 2015

Despite strenuous official denials, Australia “will probably be hosting some American B1 supersonic bombers after all.”

Controversy erupts over American B1 bomber deployments to Australia

By James Cogan, 16 May 2015

Above all, the denials surrounding US war plans against China are directed at keeping the working class in the dark about the dangers of conflict.

The growing danger of a US war against China

By James Cogan, 15 May 2015

Every country in the region, to one degree or another, is embroiled in the war danger.

Leading Australian journalist advocates confrontation with China

By James Cogan, 7 May 2015

Beijing’s attempts to match US militarism are being seized upon to demand even greater aggression.

US “Grand Strategy” for war against China laid out

By Nick Beams, 2 May 2015

The report’s theme is that there is no prospect for peaceful coexistence or mutual understanding between the US and China.