Australia Post boss Christine Holgate says Australian companies risk losing out to new competitors from Europe if they take China for granted and do not work harder to capitalise on the country’s e-commerce boom, according to Financial Review on Wednesday.
“My concern is that we rest on our laurels. There are all these different countries, all vying to be favourites with China,” Ms Holgate told The Australian Financial Review, saying that Germany, France and the Nordic nations have bigger representations than Australia.
“I would hate Aussie businesses to lose out on this opportunity. If we lose out on that that is the jobs of our children,” Ms Holgate said at the Import Expo in Shanghai.
Apparently, Ms. Holgate is naive with no understanding at all of what’s going on with the Chinese domestic market, not to mention politics under the CCP dictatorship.
Australian children shall have a better future in cooperation with a free and democratic China if Australian business adults dare to speak out against the CCP’s human rights violations in Xinjiang and help the Chinese people take down the Communist regime.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison was right to double down over China’s treatment of Uighurs last week in his remarks that “We have raised theses issues as great human rights abuses and concerns” on 3AW Radio.
Foreign Minister Marise Payne was also clear-minded to defend Australia’s core values by condemning the human rights abuses of Communist China. “We will do so not just because we believe individual rights should apply to all people but because we believe nations that uphold such principles domestically are more likely to co-operate in ways that promote the common good globally,” Ms. Payne said.
The Australia Post boss Ms. Holgate seemed to be proud to be next door in the same hotel with French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron. “Macron French prime minister is in the same hotel as me. I just don’t want the Europeans to steal what is rightfully Australian,” she said.
Ms. Holgate does not know that Macron is also a naive politician with no world vision. His highly corrupt government has done lots of evil in collusion with the Chinese Communist Party.
“Macron’s government is highly corrupt,” said CCP killer Guo Wengui, “During our investigation into the murder of former HNA Chairman Wang Jian, we have found that corrupt officials of Macron’s government have cooperated with security officers of the CCP in covering up the truth and threatening local French residents.”
While all other western countries have rejected the CCP government’s invitations and kept a distance from the Shanghai event, including Australia, it is the shame of Macron to be one of the four heads of foreign states to attend the opening ceremony of China’s 2nd International Import Expo (CIIE) .
In Australia, there are some other naive politicians as well, like Trade Minister Simon Birmingham who also attends the Import Expo today. Another is Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews who signed an infrastructure and trade agreement in Beijing on October 24 to support President Xi Jinping’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative.
At the first CIIE last year, the Victorian Government was supposed to sign an MOU with China Inspection and Certification Group. I personally drafted the MOU, but intentionally, I did not go too much in depth with factual cooperation and thus had made it only a frame-work agreement for further negotiations.
Last month, there was outrage among the local communities when Box Hill’s Police Station in Melbourne was reported of “honouring a police state” by flying the red flag of the Chinese Communist regime on its 70th birthday.
City of Whitehorse councillor Blair Barker told 3AW he found the flag-raising “problematic”. “We’re a very diverse community out here, people with Taiwanese heritage, Uighurs, Tibetans, they’ve all got very legitimate concerns about the Communist government flag flying over a police station,” he said.
“My concern is that we’re seen to be promoting a regime that doesn’t support the democratic values and principles such as the rule of law, and people might associate our police service with the way the police services in that regime conduct themselves.” The councillor has said.
Today Ms Holgate, the former chief of vitamins giant Blackmores who oversaw the booming e-commerce sales to China, said there were always “bumps in the road” but suggested that one way for Australian companies to tap into the China market was to adopt local digital payment platforms such as AliPay and WeChat Pay.
Ms. Holgate has no idea that more and more Australian Chinese are keeping away from using AliPay and WeChat Pay because of security concerns.
In the past years, I also drafted cooperation agreements with Blackmores, Australia Post and other Australian companies, as well as speeches for Chinese government representatives visiting Australia. I have seen quite a number of Australian companies end up in disasters colluding with the Chinese government.
China is now in a critical moment of changes. Unexpected but historic things will happen in the next six months that will have a negative impact on trading businesses.
While Ms. Holgate is sending a wrong message to Australian businesses, I am giving a warning here to western companies so that they shall take much cautious steps going into China markets in the coming year.
By Cloudy Seagail