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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Foxes and Running Dogs

In presenting this editorial I acknowledge 2 articles as my source material.

“China’s Foxhunt on hold” by Rowan Callick in the Australian on January 26th 2017 and

“This Extradition Treaty is a bad deal for Justice” by Tom Lennox in the Australian on January 27th 2017.

   From the “Lennox” article “Extradition opens a wide door for the Chinese State to remove Australian citizens to China to face trial”, “Should we be comfortable with this?” “Extradition implies a de facto loss of Sovereignty.  An Australian citizen may be arrested and transferred to the foreign state without the need to prove in Australia the commission of any crime.  The foreign power need only claim a crime has been committed in the Jurisdiction and need not prove it.  That is left to the foreign powers own courts.”  The Extraditable person (under the Extradition Act 1988) need not be actually connected to a foreign country but need only be subject to an arrest warrant”

   This becomes highly relevant when dovetailed with details presented in the Rowan Callick article.  “It appears that Australia will hand over people to China without verifying by its own standards whether evidence presented in China is credible enough to substantiate the pending charges”. Quoting  Australian Chinese businessman Matthew Ng who served 6 years jail mainly in China.

   He said “If China extends its Judicial Reach into Australia then anyone who is deemed to be of adverse interest to China or Chinese interests could be brought back to China”. 

   On January 14th China’s Chief Justice Zhou Qiang told a meeting of the Supreme Peoples’ Court that “our Courts must firmly resist the Western idea of Judicial Independence and other ideologies including constitutional democracy and separation of powers that threaten the leadership of the ruling Communist Party”.  “Judges must step up their ideological work to punish those who infringe the reputation and kudos of historical figures.”  (Mao ??) “whose images along with current leaders must be protected in accordance with the law, the glorious history of the Party and the People’s Liberation Army”. 

  ”The Beijing regime wants Australia alleged home of many ‘foxes’ (People that it wants extradited) to become a model for extradition treaties with other Common Law Countries THAT HAVE SO FAR FAILED TO ENDORSE THEM – THE U.S.A BRITAIN, CANADA AND NEW ZEALAND”.  This also from the Callick article.

   So, the Beijing regime * wishes to groom the Australian government as a model running dog in its current programme of imperial over reach.  It is quite significant that the U.S.A, U.K. Canada and New Zealand have so far not taken the bait!

   Whereas it is accepted that a person who has committed a serious crime in one country and seeks refuge in another nation may be extradited to stand trial this relies on objectivity.  The alleged crime must also be a serious offence the country of refuge.  Zhou Qiang makes it quite clear that to oppose or defame the ideological heritage of the CCP is regarded as a criminal offence in the People\s Republic.  The proposed Australian extradition treaty, if ratified would allow the Beijing regime to remove dissidents (Australian Chinese critics of their system) from Australia and force them to stand trial in China for something which is not an offence or subject to prosecution in any part of Australia and which never has been.  This is a serious violation of our Sovereignty as a democratic nation and portrays us as informers and sycophants of the meanest and most debased kind.

Other nations have fallen into this kind of moral rat trap in different theatres of war.  A prime example was the subject of the 1977 book by Count Nickolai Tolstoy “Victims of Yalta.”  At the Yalta Summit in 1945 (Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin) Stalin made if one of his Conditions that all former residents of the U.S.S.R who had found refuge in European countries should be forcibly repatriated to Soviet Russia (which in most cases would mean the “Gulag” and a good chance of not surviving.  The British Army was largely commandeered to this distasteful work and there as almost a mutiny.  In his book, Tolstoy accused senior members of the U.K government in 1945 (and were still alive in 1977) of being implicated.  There was a court case which he lost.  But 1,000,000 people were still sold into slavery by a democratic government.  This is the real stuff which makes ‘running dogs and boot lickers.  I do hope that were not about to follow suit and do the Kow Tow.

*  P.S.  The opinions expressed in Part II are not necessarily those of Messer’s Callick and Lennox