The 9pm Big Moist China Conversation with Yun Jiang

Yun Jiang. (Photo: Australian National University)

The winter series of The 9pm Edict kicks off with special guest Yun Jiang, the inaugural China Matters Fellow at the Australian Institute of International Affairs. And guess what? We’re discussing China and Australia. 

In this episode we talk about the massive COVID-19 lockdown in Shanghai, the possibility of a Chinese naval base in Solomon Islands, recent diplomatic moves of both Australia and China in the South Pacific, China’s interception of an RAAF maritime patrol aircraft, 996 and the Lying Flat movement, diversity in parliament, climate change, and what Australia’s new Albanese government means for our relations with China and for the public service.

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Episode Links

  • AIIA China Matters Fellow.
  • The Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) and China Matters are delighted to announce that Ms Yun Jiang has been appointed as the inaugural AIIA China Matters Fellow.
  • [30 May 2022] China has fallen short in its ambitious bid to sign up 10 Pacific nations to a wide-ranging trade and security deal. The country's Foreign Minister met with his Pacific counterparts at a top-level summit in the Fijian capital this afternoon. But in the end, China had to shelved the pact, having failed to secure the support it needed. Foreign affairs reporter Stephen Dziedzic reports from Suva.
  • [30 May 2022] Wang Yi urges Pacific region not to be ‘too anxious’ about China’s aims after failing to agree on a sweeping security deal.
  • [30 May 2022] Pacific Island countries have agreed not to sign a region-wide trade and security deal with China after a high-level meeting between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his counterparts from 10 Pacific nations in Fiji.
  • [30 May 2022] Pacific nations have walked away from a sweeping regional trade and security deal with China that covered free trade, police cooperation and disaster resilience. The decision not to sign the deal came after a high-level meeting between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his counterparts from 10 Pacific nations in Fiji. Fijian reporter Lice Movono tells The World details about the meeting are scarce as journalists were kept away.
  • [3 November 2021] The Australian government has vowed to “step-up” its engagement with its “Pacific family,” emphasising that its relationships with Pacific states will be characterised by respect for, and listening to them, as equals. While this advances the government’s strategic interests, puzzlingly, leaders and officials continue exhibit beliefs and behaviour that undermine this goal.
  • [26 April 2022] Supporting domestic interest groups in the region will bring success, and should be high on Canberra’s “to do” list.
  • [26 May 2022] China’s foreign minister has embarked on a tour of some Pacific Ocean islands, as Australia and the United States fear increasing Chinese military control in the region. Al Jazeera's Sarah Clarke reports from Brisbane.
  • The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI, or B&R), formerly known as One Belt One Road (Chinese: ????) or OBOR for short, is a global infrastructure development strategy adopted by the Chinese government in 2013 to invest in nearly 70 countries and international organizations. It is considered a centerpiece of the Chinese leader Xi Jinping's foreign policy.
  • [5 May 2022] China’s new security agreement with the Solomon Islands has sparked controversy and garnered attention far beyond the relatively remote Southwest Pacific. Dr Euan Graham examines the drivers and implications for the major actors in this strategically sensitive location.
  • [2 June 2022] Shanghai has lifted its Covid-19 lockdown after two months, with the strict measures not only derailing the lives of millions but also global supply chains. NBC News’ Janis Mackey Frayer is in China with more on what the reopening will look like.
  • [2 une 2022] Photographers record city’s first day without lockdown restrictions.
  • If I hear once again how all Chinese people are brainwashed by the CCP...
  • [2 June 2022, video] A protest over China’s Covid rules turned violent after workers were denied travel to Beijing. Angry commuters demanded answers and chanted: “dictatorship”.
  • Tang ping (Chinese: ??; pinyin: t?ng píng; lit. 'lying flat') is a lifestyle and social protest movement in China beginning in April 2021. It is a rejection of societal pressures to overwork, such as in the 996 working hour system, which is often regarded as a rat race with ever diminishing returns. Those who participate in tang ping instead choose to "lie down flat and get over the beatings" via a low-desire, more indifferent attitude towards life.
  • The 996 working hour system (Chinese: 996???) is a work schedule practiced by some companies in the People's Republic of China. It derives its name from its requirement that employees work from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, 6 days per week; i.e. 72 hours per week. A number of Mainland Chinese internet companies have adopted this system as their official work schedule. Critics argue that the 996 working hour system is a violation of Chinese Labour Law and have called it "modern slavery".
  • The Great Resignation, also known as the Big Quit and the Great Reshuffle, is an ongoing economic trend in which employees have voluntarily resigned from their jobs en masse, beginning in early 2021. Possible causes include wage stagnation amid rising cost of living, long-lasting job dissatisfaction, safety concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the desire to work for companies with better remote-working policies. Some economists have described the Great Resignation as akin to a general strike.
  • A revelatory portrait of one of the most talented, poised and respected Australian politicians, written by one of Australia’s foremost biographers.
  • [25 August 2016] Oxford University Press said "no", "Brexit" and "British", joined moist as the UK's four most-despised words.
  • [26 January 2022] Jakarta is congested, polluted, prone to earthquakes and rapidly sinking into the Java Sea. Now the government is leaving, and moving the country's capital to the island of Borneo.
  • [27 May 2022] The next parliament is going to be the most diverse that we’ve seen and a lot of people are hoping that this is going to be a real turning point for Australian politics.
  • Glyn Conrad Davis AC (born 25 July 1959) is the incoming Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, appointed by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on 30 May 2022 and commencing on 6 June 2022.
  • [6 June 2022] Canberra’s new guy in town, Professor Glyn Davis, is a deep thinker who plays the long game. The next DPM&C head will approach APS reform in a way that is tactical, evidence-based and unrelenting. Expect change. 
  • [13 December 2019] This morning the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP released the final report of the APS review. The APS review made 40 recommendations and provides a comprehensive platform for change. “The Government agrees with the majority of the independent panel’s recommendations and I have asked the heads of the public service to take these forward,” the Prime Minister said. Led by Mr David Thodey AO, the Prime Minister thanked the independent panel and the many members of the public that contributed to the review.
  • The Department of Aviation was an Australian government department that existed between May 1982 and July 1987.
  • [5 June 2022] A Chinese fighter jet intercepted an Australian surveillance aircraft last month, performing a "dangerous manoeuvre" in a dramatic mid-air incident, the Department of Defence has revealed. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P-8A Poseidon was conducting routine surveillance in international airspace above the South China Sea on May 26 when the J-16 jet flew "very close", set off flares and dropped chaff in its path.
  • [5 June 2022] Defence reports J-16 jet released ‘chaff’ including aluminium shards in front of Australian flight in South China Sea region
  • Chaff, originally called Window by the British and Düppel by the Second World War era German Luftwaffe (from the Berlin suburb where it was first developed), is a radar countermeasure in which aircraft or other targets spread a cloud of small, thin pieces of aluminium, metallized glass fibre or plastic, which either appears as a cluster of primary targets on radar screens or swamps the screen with multiple returns, in order to confuse and distract.
  • [5 June 2022] China’s Shenzhou-14 crewed spacecraft docked with the Tianhe space station module early Sunday, marking the start of a crucial six-month-long mission. Shenzhou-14 completed a fast automated rendezvous and docking with the Tianhe module at 5:42 a.m. Eastern, June 5, marking the safe arrival of astronauts Chen Dong (commander), Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe.
  • Allium ursinum, known as wild garlic, ramsons, cowleekes, cows's leek, cowleek, buckrams, broad-leaved garlic, wood garlic, bear leek, Eurasian wild garlic or bear's garlic, is a bulbous perennial flowering plant in the amaryllis family Amaryllidaceae. It is native to Europe and Asia, where it grows in moist woodland. It is a wild relative of onion and garlic, all belonging to the same genus, Allium. There are two recognized subspecies: A. ursinum subsp. ursinum and A. ursinum subsp. ucranicum.
  • Elephant garlic (Allium ampeloprasum var. ampeloprasum) is a perennial plant belonging to the onion genus. It has a tall, solid, flowering stalk and broad, flat leaves. The flavor is milder than garlic and can be eaten raw in salads, roasted, or sauteed, but is generally not a substitute for conventional garlic in cooking. It is sometimes confused with solo garlic.
  • [7 June 2022] Hey @stilgherrian, now that the leader of the Liberal Party and the leader of the National Party are actually LNP members, will you continue to rage against the coalition being referred to as the LNP as shorthand?

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