Five Australians answered the New Australian Bulletin’s call to face off with the Chinese invaders stationed at Fleet Base East. They were not young, they were not gym goers, and they didn’t execute the latest in cliquey Alt-Right hand signs. But they courageously made a stand.
When I received a call from Barry to meet them out at Woolloomooloo today at lunchtime, like the rest here at NAB, I was stoked. We didn’t think anybody would appreciate the sheer significance of what this naval invasion portends.
Five members of the Australia First Party (AFP) led by party boss Jim Saleam had decided that this show of military might from China was too much. Another small contingent of three nationalists set about the area leafletting with material highlighting the dangers Australia faces from an Imperialist China.
Jim Saleam explained his reasons for coming down, “It’s high time that all people who consider themselves nationalists or patriots come to see that the real challenge to Australia is not suicide bombers following a 7th Century religion but people with real bombs following a 21st Century ideology which is a new imperialism with global reach.”
As we searched for a suitable spot to set up, we found a small area outside the gate which looked up the gangway of the Chinese frigate. The placement of the banner was carefully chosen so as that the crew could see it. I asked Jim what he thought such a small grouplet could achieve.
“It’s just a political shot across the bows of the real issue of Australian survival,” he replied. “We will be reaching out to all Australians of a true patriotic disposition to start nationwide anti-China activism.”
Jim had barely finished speaking when the Australian Federal Police arrived. They were right onto us the moment the banner was unfurled. It read simply, ‘China invader navy – go home.’ Amusingly, I noted one of their officers was a Chinese woman.
“Have you come to run us over in tanks?” one of the AFP joked. Then he pointed at the Chinese frigate and remarked, “That’s what that lot does to people like us exercising our democratic right to protest. Google a thing called Tiananmen Square.”
As they questioned Jim Saleam a dutiful throng of Chinese came past taking snaps, making sure the Beijing spies could see them so their families back home wouldn’t face harsh reprisals in the form of organ harvesting. In fact, the area, like most of Sydney, swarmed with Celestials. Two female students nosily wandered up to the protesters as if they were zoo exhibits, and seemed offended by the banner. I couldn’t help myself — I suggested perhaps their navy might give them passage back to their own country. Upon the deck of the frigate, the guards had taken note of our presence, and our banner and an officer wandered up the ramp area to confer with them.
It was here that we encountered the blighting ignorance of the general public. An elderly Australian chap in a terrycloth hat asked what the Southern Cross flag, which one of the members was waving, signified. Was it a Republican flag?
“It’s an Australian revolutionary flag.”
“But why are you here?”
“Because our country is being invaded.”
“Our ships visit China, they visit us.”
“Our ships hardly visit unannounced and they sure don’t turn up with armed soldiers aboard and in such potentially lethal force while the Prime Minister is overseas offering a deal to a small Pacific Island to keep them from signing up with China’s Belt and Road Initiative.”
He nodded as if he got it, but I could tell he didn’t.
The Feds, who hung around like a putrid odour, now wanted our Photo ID. I asked if they were taking a page out of Beijing’s book now and got some Public Relations-style answer while they ran a check on my card.
At this point, one of the Party tapped me on the shoulder and said, “We’ve got spies up on the roof.” I looked up to see three suspicious looking Chinese men standing on the roof of an office building with telephoto cameras trained on us. I returned the favour and took their pic, which they didn’t like. Apparently not only are Chinese subject to the vagaries of China’s secret police but as de-facto subjects of China, so were we.
Here another confused Australian regurgitated that line about ‘our ships visit China too’. She was a middle-aged woman out for a power walk who stopped when she noticed us. I realised it was a media trope to prevent Aussies from panicking and they eagerly bought it rather than think the unthinkable, which was right in front of their faces. I pointed this out to her and my emphatic manner began to make her uncomfortable.
“You should be uncomfortable,” I told her, “I know you don’t like to hear it but it’s right there for god’s sake! Right there in your harbour! You say it’s just a visit but nobody’s visiting, nobody’s even gotten off the ship.”
“Oh, I just think people make too much about China.”
It’s that attitude which makes it so easy for China and why the presence of these five ordinary and unremarkable Australians was so vital.
So far, out of the entire country, they were the only citizens to step up and confront the enemy. They didn’t make excuses, they didn’t convince themselves it was just a “friendly visit”, they realised with grim acceptance that the writing is on the wall and if people like the two I spoke to don’t get their heads out of their arses then not a shot need be fired in taking our country. Australians will just pretend it’s not happening.
As we sat down to pizza afterwards Jim Saleam remarked about how the presence of the Chinese civilians here was meant to project a narrative about ‘diversity’ which so suits China’s strategy. They realise that diversity is the weakness that lets them in. Reflecting upon the slogan ‘Diversity is our strength’ he joked, “I can see a sign now that reads, ‘President Xi says Diversity is your weakness’.”