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Posted by gromky 2012-05-19 14:06||
#2 200 years ago, the Qianlong Emperor had this to say to King George: Tremblingly obey and show no negligence! The silver lining in this noxious cloud is that the general's tone is a little more moderate than the emperor in whose footsteps he is carrying on. Maybe the Chinese have finally learned a microscopic smidgen of the much-vaunted subtlety traditionally attributed to them.
Posted by Zhang Fei 2012-05-19 16:41||
#3 That's got to make China's neighbors feel all warm and fuzzy. From what I understand, Ozzies are happy to have some Marines around. Thinking back to how they were part of the Pacific theater in the Last Big One, mayhaps.
I wonder if they will regret getting rid of their Aardvarks.
Posted by SteveS 2012-05-19 16:43||
Australia depended on exporting iron ore to China "to feed itself", but had not done enough to engage.
Interesting choice of words. Australia has an opportunity to do something really great if they wanted to. If they were to build a pair of the AP1000 nuclear plants along with one of the fast neutron plants and engage in recycling of fuel, they could create an area for electric arc steel mills. Rather than exporting their coal and iron ore to China, they could mill steel in the most environmentally friendly way known to mankind and not have a nuclear fuel disposal problem.
Rather than ship coal and iron ore, they could ship finished steel. And if they had more domestic steel manufacturing, they could also produce more finished goods for world export.
I suppose Australia could be satisfied with selling all of their raw materials to China. But they also have the means, if they had the will, to become much larger of a heavy industry player and still maintain their concern for the environment.
Posted by crosspatch 2012-05-19 18:25||
#5 Hold your heavy industry "suppliers" close at hand. Sounds like typical Chinese military/industrial strategy to me, OZ.
Posted by canalzone 2012-05-19 23:09||