Dec 4, 2012

Bishop in China: Coalition comes calling to smooth over Abbott

Liberal Party deputy Julie Bishop is leading a heavy hitting group of Libs and Nats on a three-city tour of China, attempting to smooth over some of Tony Abbott's past mistakes.

With a federal election only 12 months away, the powers that be in Beijing decided they’d like to have a good look at senior members of Australia’s prospective next government.

After a four-month delay to accommodate the Chinese leadership handover, this week the fearless deputy leader of the Liberal Party Julie Bishop is leading a relatively heavy hitting group of Libs and Nats on a three-city tour of the country that continues to underpin Australia’s economic prosperity. The stuffy rituals of the Chinese Communist Party and endless — and early — banquet dinners with provincial officials will doubtless be a welcome distraction for the Member for Curtin, who has been under the gun over the past week for her sloppy role in the ongoing AWU saga.

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9 thoughts on “Bishop in China: Coalition comes calling to smooth over Abbott

  1. frey

    An all-expenses-paid trip to China, paid by China, with an intended message of welcoming Chinese investment while also saying we shouldn’t lecture China about its political system.

    No benefit coming to anyone out of that arrangement is there….

  2. Bill Hilliger

    Will Julie and more particularly Warren Truss bring up the coalition/np opposition to the purchase of Cubbie Station? With those two poltroons, I think not.

  3. Pedantic, Balwyn

    Oh dear Julia Gillard was fixated on avoiding anything that damaged the relationship with the USA during her visit; and Julie Bishop and Warren Truss have the burden of Barnaby Joyce and the rest of the commies under the bed crew in their saddlebags.
    What chance is there of a real relationship with the Chinese, who need us as much as we need them. Probably every chance as businessmen on both sides chasing a dollar couldn’t give a toss about either party.

  4. drmick

    A typical mudrock employees balanced report. What a crock.

  5. ulysses butterfly

    I wonder what the US Republicans think of John Howard, former Prime Minister of Australia, promoting stronger links with the Chinese communist regime albeit with capitalist tendencies?

    Seems the large amounts of Australian taxpayer’s dollars Howard is spending in his post prime ministerial career are going into a Chinese friendly direction.

    Sainsbury here ought to get a gig with JH and go touring – perhaps a puppet theatre of Mao’s cultural revolution? Or a Punch and Tibet show?

    I recall China in the summer of 2007 shooting down an ‘old weather satellite’ to demonstrate to W Bush that any attack on Iran (and therefore on China’s $US70B (at pre GFC value) oil pipeline investment) would result in a similar surgical strike on US satellite military communications. Game over for W on Iran. Indeed I wonder if Pine Gap will come up – so to speak – over pork dumplings.

    As a wise woman once told me, Australia shouldn’t pretend it can play in China’s league. They are too big, too rough, and too bad for Australia to have a hope of holding our ground with them.

  6. Steve777

    Here’s the assessment of a Coalition ally, the Australian’s Foreign Editor Greg Sheridan, on Julie Bishop’s response to the Stern Hu affair back in 2009: “internally contradictory, unprincipled, amoral beyond even the exigencies of parliamentary hypocrisy and profoundly stupid. Bishop was a dud shadow treasurer and is now a dud foreign affairs spokeswoman.”

    Heaven help us if she becomes Foreign Minister. She makes Alexander Downer look brilliant.

  7. Achmed

    She’ll fit in well over there, lack of care/compassion for the dying

  8. Desmond Carroll

    Did Sainsbury get his palm greased for this dross?

  9. Michael James

    “But the Chinese will still ask about those pesky US Marines near Darwin. And they won’t like the answer”

    Given we are talking about 2,500 soldiers with almost no heavy equipment temporarily training in the area around Darwin, some 5,800 kilometres from Beijing, the Chinese really have no reason to complain.

    The Australian Defence Force has spent a lot of time and effort trying to build closer ties with the People’s Liberation Army and their Air Force and Naval offshoots.

    That includes reciprical post visits, regular visits by senior officers in both militaries to their counterparts in both countries and the Chinese being invited to observe exercises such as the Kakadu and Pitch Black exercises here in Australia and more besides.

    Australia has been far more open and transparent with the Chinese than they have in return, so the Chinese have no one else to blame if their actions in the South China Sea and elsewhere cause tensions with their regional neighbours.

    The announcement of the US Marine training deployments was made in the full glare of publicity and each step has been fully publicised at length.

    Perhaps if the Chinese bureacracy spent more time reading Australian media rather than their own censored versions, they might realise they have much bigger issues to worry about than a few Marines a quarter of the world away.

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