The explanation of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Ahern expressing that New Zealand and China have different systems and values as she asserts human rights as a key issue, is The Way of leadership. We live in a world of diversity and traditions of economic and military dominance. Those who have the gold rule the world they say. However, this is only the case when we value the gold not the values. The real value in this world is integrity, respect, honesty, embracing diversity as this is where social order is anchored. The expression of Jacinta aligns with conflict resolution approaches where she doesn’t give her power away but explains allowance of difference and leadership in asserting another way of seeing.
The issue of Chinese ownership of foreign assets as a form of strategic extension of power, is not dissimilar to the UK or the USA. We watch as nations who are the most materialistic, economically robust or militaristic be given power (or simply take it). It is a bullying form of global order which has been the mainstay of international relations since trading began. The world leadership does not know how to operate as a family, he (predominantly) continues a hard-line approach to keep the family in order and unaware of the socio-emotional impacts of his control. He does not see how the imbalance causes dysfunction in how people relate to each other and themselves. The tool of fear is the root of the Culture of Violence.
The pecking order of masculine rank and status only responds to power not conscience in respect of moving the world to homeostasis or peace as harmony or balance.
The Chinese have an ancient culture. They had sophistication and complex social relationships reflective of the Confucius doctrine and the lineage of dynasties. The configuration ensures the power of dynasty’s and that each person knows their place in this social ordering, held in check by social custom.
Lao Tzu on the other hand was a mystic guided by universal law. He and Confucius met and differed in the way they saw The Way. Both had power but in different ways. Lao Tzu embodied the wisdom of staying below, the insight to harmonise with the yin/yang of universal forces. He provided The Way to social relations in harmony with universal forces. Politics differs from leadership and was keenly observed to ensure right action occurs and a positive outcome is attained. It is to read events but with the trust of mystical guidance. The I Ching is a form of guidance. The use of yarrow sticks or coins to obtain answers is to trust in the whole intelligence of nature over one’s own decisions as we do not know the whole. It is not about force or control but in-sight and allowance to move in harmony with the whole at all times. Sometimes action is warranted, sometimes stillness is the wise path, other times it is to be wary of clever and treacherous people or perhaps trust wisdom and wise counsel. One always has choices but they are informed by this higher power. Those into control do not trust the higher power as they believe their power is incontestable as they strategically control key assets, acquire wealth, allies, build militaries and use fear to scare off any opposition. This is how human power operates.
In our world in each culture there have been wise leaders. However, in the modern day power accumulates through trade and influence results as money talks and people can be bought and sold as they believe they have no power. Respect is given not as a result of who you are or the values you demonstrate but rather your position, the amount of wealth and assets you have, your position and status. Respect and false warmth is projected as a result of valuing the money not self respect. So this ordering attracts and reinforces behaviours on the basis of wealth creation and dominance not universal brotherhood (and sisterhood) or more accurately the universal family.
Concerns are raised in the article below of excessive Chinese ownership as power and undue influence and interference in politics, Australia is mentioned here. I recall Malcolm Turnbull in an act of revenge for his removal inform the Australian people that the Home Affairs Minister meeting with a Chinese businessman. What I reflected on was the fact that Malcolmn only stated this when he was angry at losing the leadership rather than revealing this whilst he was the leader. The fact a Minister allows a Chinese businessman to pay for access to him when the Australian people just get standard letters and no access says a great deal about representation and paid access and influence.
The claim substantiated by ABC Four Corners program entitled: “Chinese billionaire seeking Australian passport reportedly paid lobbyist for secret meeting with minister.” The heading indicates the Chinese businessman paid a lobbyist, thus indicating that this is how you gain access to politicians. Key points as follows:
- Australia’s ABC Four Corners said current Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton met with Huang Xiangmo to discuss the Chinese billionaire’s application for an Australian passport.
- Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters on Tuesday that the allegation is “very troubling,” adding that “Peter Dutton has got a lot to explain about this.”
- The Four Corners revelation is just the latest example of large political donors with alleged ties to China’s Communist Party wielding influence within Australian politics.
I recall when I was on radio in Canberra in 2006, I interviewed a Falun Gong practitioner who told me of her husband’s murder in China and fleeing to Australia. I was informed that Alexander Downer (Australia’s Foreign Minister at the time) had sought to ban Falong Gong protests outside of the Chinese Embassy. Falong Gong took this matter to court and the Government lost. My first thought was the circumvention of democracy. My next thought is who does Alexander Downer represent?
I recently became aware of the former Victorian Premier John Brumby heading up Huawei and then resigning amidst criminal allegations according to the Financial Review. As follows:
Outgoing Huawei Australia director John Brumby has defended the Chinese telecommunications giant, which is facing criminal charges in the US, insisting it has been caught up in a global battle for technological supremacy and is “the meat in the sandwich”.
The former Victorian premier, who has served on Huawei’s local board for eight years and next month takes on the role of La Trobe University chancellor, announced his resignation on Friday at an awkward time for the company. This week, the US Department of Justice accused Huawei of bank fraud, technology theft and obstruction of justice…
Huawei came to my attention as they have been gathering my data from my two blogs ‘Peace for the World’ (pftw.worldpeacefull.com) and ‘Peace is Our True Nature’ (wpas.worldpeacefull.com). One blog I think is of importance to the Chinese as a challenge to whether they want to dominate or lead is the following blog:
In the United States they are speaking about foreign interference and the attempted impeachment of US President Trump. I smile when I hear of this given the US inference in a long list of countries, including my own. This is how power operates in the world to maintain its power. There is no understanding in the power of collaboration, working together, diversity as the engine for innovation and the life pattern and universal laws that no human has control over.
Full spectrum dominance is the name of the game.
Hong Kong’s attempt to break free from Chinese punitive punishment and control is reflective of two systems and diverse values clashing as one believes in democratic values and the other full spectrum dominance. There are powerful minorities in democratic countries who admire dominance over democracy given business control mirroring political control. They see profit from full control of the spectrum. 5G is a key issue that is not only business but translates into controlling the lives of people through information gathering, profiling and tracking.
The key question for China is do they project power replaying Tiananmen Square leaving in the global mind repressive approaches to conflict or do they find a Third Way.
What is wise to understand is that life sends people, ideas, approaches to those in power to assert another Way. The issue will be are they willing to listen to world voices or impose the same control and suppress voices to ensure they get what they want? How does harmony work with this? What of the universal way? Will it be a major push back? Will nature disrupt plans? Will the youth around the world rise up and transform the world through non compliance with authoritarian regimes and assert freedom that is real? So lines get drawn in the sand as our world only knows confrontation not the Way of harmony and win/win. The masculine approach to conflict has to save face, to dominate and divide in order to force rule. The feminine is about balancing the interests of the family and seeking ways to meet needs. the feminine listens deeply to all and recognises real order is arrived at through balance and fairness. The modelling of integrity, fairness and sharing is the real social order as others copy this approach this becomes the levy defining culture therefore holding groups together.
Jacinta represents the feminine in World affairs. She is the counter balance. The image of her wearing a burka sent a peace message to millions of Muslims around the world. Her embracing them as New Zealanders and choosing not to diminish them given the rhetoric that demonised Muslims in the war on terror or that they were terrorists. She chose the middle path as she balanced the pain with nurturing love and this became a healing and sense of unity that brought the nation together. There are those around the world invested in endless war, they have techniques and skills in black operations to paint the picture of the ‘evil other’ rather than use dialogue to solve the misunderstanding. Control and projection of power are polar opposites to reconciliation, healing and peace. Therefore those who hold the hard-line view the other as ‘soft’ or weak and it has its roots in how the feminine is viewed as inferior. In this narrative I am interposing the feminine as the two sides of the brain, the two sides of humanity (existing in males and females) and women as feminine. The feminine is typically the target of bullying in either a man or woman. The idea of weakness arises as they don’t fight back, they don’t speak with aggression, they don’t desire to hurt and the image of the warrior has no real adversary as they do not think in terms of peace, they seek out war to prove who is the more powerful. This feeds the ego not social order or harmony. Unconsciousness is to not know you do not know. Wisdom is to know you don’t know. Therefore, those unconscious use the same methods to conquer until a personal experience happens to awaken them to empathy (joining). The denial of the feminine is the imbalance globally. It is why men glorify war and diverse views are silenced or minimised. Yet when the masculine and feminine unite then real social order and stability naturally arise. The family is the symbol of this unity where children are raised in societies where their needs are met, values modelled and they are encouraged to work to their highest potential. When this doesn’t occur we see violence increasing and labels used to justify. Economic power is another mask of the warrior who quietly seeks rights through ownership. Human rights are minimised as they are viewed as weak (feminine) and the unquestioned perception continues until there is a major collapse.
I felt to allow this flow of consciousness to provide a backdrop to the story. As I sense nature is rebalancing our world, how long this takes depends on the courage of other voices to support the feminine as s/he paints the picture of a peaceful future without suppression, re-education, spying, surveillance, militarism and control through fear. I am not only speaking of China here, I am speaking of all nations who believe in violence and wealth as power. The real power resides in our true nature. Nature always wins as when it loses we don’t exist.
What is the sound of one hand clapping?
‘We do not see eye-to-eye’: Jacinda Ardern lashes out at China and says New Zealand takes foreign interference very ‘seriously’
New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern talks government progress ahead of a 2020 general election
Jacinda Ardern has hit back at claims China has too much influence in New Zealand’s politics, saying she does not “see eye-to-eye” with its leader, Xi Jinping.
In a series of barbed comments about China, the New Zealand Prime Minister questioned its history of human rights abuses.
The 39-year-old leader also insisted she takes foreign interference ‘seriously’ and denied the communist nation has too much power abroad.
Writing in the Guardian, Ardern said she has discussed numerous alleged human rights violations with President Xi Jinping, including the treatment of Uighurs and the situation in Xinjiang.
“Although we have a solid and growing relationship, New Zealand and China are very different countries,” she said.
Pictures: Jacinda Ardern on the world stage
© Provided by Daily Mail Jacinda Ardern (pictured) questioned China’s human rights record, saying she ‘shares international concerns regarding the treatment of Uighurs’
“There is a significant asymmetry in size, we have fundamentally different political systems and values, and on some issues, we have quite different approaches.
“It is only natural that there are areas where we do not see eye-to-eye and when that occurs, we raise it.”
She used the treatment of Uighurs as an example of the two countries “different approaches”.
China’s stronghold on Australia
The Prime Minister’s comments come as experts warn that China “will not stop” meddling in Australian politics, while its state-sponsored companies lock their sights on yet more Aussie businesses.
China is buying up Australian land, infrastructure and businesses at an alarming rate as it seeks to project power and influence beyond its shores.
© Provided by Daily Mail The New Zealand Prime Minister (pictured) said the country takes claims of international interference ‘seriously’ The communist nation of 1.4 billion people owns an airport in Western Australia, nine million hectares of Australian land, several Aussie coal mines and wind farms and even the Port of Darwin, which is a key strategic asset.
China is also the largest foreign owner of Australian water and has projected soft power in Australia by planting Communist Party-approved Mandarin teachers in schools and universities.
In November, “disturbing” claims emerged that China had tried to install a spy as a federal MP – and it was also suspected of carrying out major cyberattacks on Australian Parliament.
© JACQUES WITT/AFP/Getty Images) China and Australia. Just last week, it emerged an Australian writer accused of being a spy still hasn’t been charged despite being shackled and held in solitary confinement in China for a year.
Yang Hengjun, 54, has been arrested but is yet to be formally charged.
Retired ASIO chief, Duncan Lewis, has accused the Chinese government of using ‘insidious’ foreign interference operations to ‘take over’ Australia’s political system.
Mr Lewis claimed Chinese authorities were trying to “place themselves in a position of advantage” in political, social, business and media circles.
“Espionage and foreign interference are insidious. Its effects might not present for decades and by that time it’s too late,” he said.
© Provided by Daily Mail A Chinese re-education centre in Xinjiang province (pictured which are claimed to operate ‘like prisons’ “You wake up one day and find decisions made in our country that are not in the interests of our country.”
In Xinjiang, more than a million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities are being held in a vast network of ‘re-education camps’, which China claims is to “train” them.
Human rights groups say they are tantamount to indoctrination camps that are run like prisons and aimed at eradicating Uighur culture and religion.
© Provided by Daily Mail China’s president Xi Jinping (pictured with US President Donald Trump) has been accused of having too much influence on political affairs in both Australia and New Zealand After initially denying the existence of re-education camps, Beijing acknowledged it had opened “vocational education centres” in Xinjiang aimed at preventing extremism by teaching Mandarin and job skills.
Call to end human rights abuses
In July, Australia and New Zealand were among 22 countries who launched an unprecedented joint call for China to end the abuses in Xinjiang.
“Twenty-two states have called China to task for its horrific treatment of Muslims in Xinjiang,” Human Rights Watch Geneva Director John Fisher said.
“The joint statement is important not only for Xinjiang’s population but for people around the world who depend on the UN’s leading rights body to hold even the most powerful countries to account.”
The countries expressed concerns about the huge detention centres as well as widespread surveillance of citizens.
China’s warning to Australia
© Provided by Daily Mail A re-education centre in Dabancheng in Xinjiang (pictured), among the largest known to exist. Police detained two Reuters journalists for more than four hours after the photo was taken Last week, China issued a chilling warning implying Australia is in danger of losing billions in investment and almost 650,000 jobs unless it keeps quiet about alleged humans rights abuses.
China’s ambassador Cheng Jingye made the veiled threat to Australia when he hosted a rare media briefing at the Chinese embassy in Canberra.
Australia’s opposition to the human rights abuses has sparked tensions between the trading partners.
Mr Cheng issued a dire warning that Australia’s economic success could be at risk if diplomatic relations between the partners continued to deteriorate.
© Provided by Daily Mail Chinese Ambassador to Australia Cheng Jingye speaks at a press conference (pictured) on December 19, denying claims that Muslim minorities in Xinjiang were being persecuted Australia exported $124 billion in goods to China in the first 10 months of 2019.
The Chinese ambassador also claimed credit for Australia’s jobs boost.
© Provided by Daily Mail China’s treatment of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities has sparked protests across the world, such as this one in Vienna (pictured) ‘Australian jobs depend on trade so if we take this theory, Chinese-Australian trade helped create some 640,000 jobs in this country,’ he said.
‘I want to emphasise the importance of pragmatic cooperation and exchange between the two countries and the benefits for both sides … as I said earlier I would like to see this continue.’
‘I think it is important … to look at each other’s development as an opportunity, rather than a threat.’