Penny Wong’s Charm: Offensive

Pacific Islands Forum invites closer ties with China. It’s so much easier being mean to colleagues.

The truth is the former government had a submission from Foreign Affairs and Trade backed by the former foreign minister Marise Payne for increased aid in the Pacific and they ignored it and they dropped the ball when it came to that engagement. We won’t drop the ball. We are engaged in our very first week.”

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20 Responses to Penny Wong’s Charm: Offensive

  1. Petros says:

    We need to offer work visas, training scholarships, university placements, and citizenship to lots of PNG, Solomon’s, and Vanuatu nationals. The Chinese will win over the elites quick smart.

  2. Not Trampis says:

    Alas some people find it hard to work with people who leak to the other side.

  3. C.L. says:

    Leaking to the other side is ethically necessary when a person is making plans to tell lies about an opponent about a rape.

    Sending a sour lesbian to the Pacific to convince those men of the West’s superiority as a cultural ally may be the stupidest venture in the history of Australian diplomacy.

  4. C.L. says:

    We need to offer work visas, training scholarships, university placements, and citizenship to lots of PNG, Solomon’s, and Vanuatu nationals. The Chinese will win over the elites quick smart.

    Maybe it’s time we stopped offering them anything and just asked them to behave honourably.

  5. Petros says:

    The Chinese will simply bribe the elites and suddenly we have a lot of Chinese bases in our backyard. We can be very isolated very quickly.

  6. Not Trampis says:

    alas CL in this you have no proof. I do as Linda Reynold’s said so in the Senate.

    Simply a same old story. you tell lies and I correct you.

  7. Boambee John says:

    Non Mentis

    Alas some people find it hard to work with people who leak to the other side.

    Labor party factions leak like sieves?

  8. John Brumble says:

    The Pacific Island Nations who are willing to sign up to China for money now would sell out on Treaties in the future anyway.

  9. Boambee John says:

    John Brumble says:
    30 May, 2022 at 12:59 pm
    The Pacific Island Nations who are willing to sign up to China for money now would sell out on Treaties in the future anyway.

    And if we pay to “educate” them in our declining system, they will become part of the local “elite”, and sell out to the Chinese anyway.

  10. Chris M says:

    Sending a sour lesbian to the Pacific to convince those men of the West’s superiority as a cultural ally may be the stupidest venture in the history of Australian diplomacy.

    Isn’t that the truth!

    Maybe the Islanders were confused that two different national groups both led by unsmiling Chinese wanted to sign them up.

  11. C.L. says:

    The Chinese envoy’s name was Wang.
    It was Wang v. Wong.
    Wang won.

  12. Boambee John says:

    CL

    Wang is higher in the alphabet than Wong?

  13. Buccaneer says:

    Wong might need to get used to being one upped by Wang…

  14. Buccaneer says:

    There appears to be a superfluous C in the title to this post.

  15. Ed Case says:

    Wang is Wong and vice versa.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re cousins.

  16. Dr Faustus says:

    I would imagine that RUS considered all of these possibilities and yet still decided that the alternative to status quo in Donbas was the worse outcome.

    They may well have considered them. But my money is that Putin would have decided that, with the degenerate in the White House and a newly-elected Green-Left government in Germany, it was safe to bet on a repeat of the lo-consequence 2014 annexation of Crimea.

    Proved wrong.

    The other thing is that I think RUS can navigate its present situation and avoid becoming a client state of China.

    I sincerely hope so.

    No one knows what’s ahead but economically, RUS have not merely avoided running aground when many thought it would be already sunk but it is doing better than many expected…

    Being booted from SWIFT and the banking system was for show; the economic consequences haven’t really started. Nobody who thought even slightly about the EU dependency on Russian energy expected an instant shut off. Russia’s petroleum exports to the EU make up well over 10% of Russian GDP – and this will be substantially substituted away. Gazprom’s exports are substantially reduced and engineering work is in train for floating LNG import facilities in Italy, France and Germany.

    Good luck selling gas to Xi at US$30+/mmbtu.

    No winners in all this.

  17. Dr Faustus says:

    My apologies.
    Posting off my phone like a chimp.

  18. Ed Case says:

    Penny = 7,5,5,5,7=29=11 Wong = 5,6,5,7=23=5
    5+11 =16=7
    Lotta symmetry in her name, but 11 is an unlucky number, 23 is an unlucky number and 16 is also an unlucky number.

  19. Jannie says:

    I know this is really corny but it looks like the Chinese wang the wong number.

  20. Jannie says:

    Posting off my phone like a chimp.

    Doctor Faustus, good post. If you are doing it on the phone you must have the dexterity of a brainsurgeon.

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