Beware the Dragon
Will Australia’s nightmare never end?
Australia’s sovereignty in the North West is first challenged by Indonesia with the support of the traditional landowners, the indigenous Australians. But when Indonesia’s actions disturb the status quo, China threatens to use its own military forces to ensure the security of China’s vast portfolio of investments in Australia.
In a flawed strategy reminiscent of the disastrous importing of cane toads to control the cane beetle in Queensland in the 1930s … Australia contemplates the unbelievable … allowing Chinese troops to enter Australia in order to control the actions of Indonesians in Australia.
Belatedly becoming aware that China may have its own grand designs in northern Australia, the Australian government seeks to convince the United States to come to their aid.
Beware the Dragon Like my earlier book Checkmate, was inspired by Australia’s vulnerability to takeover by non-military means.
Beware the Dragon is a work of fiction, however, the background information regarding China’s One Belt One Road strategy for globalisation of world markets is factual. As are the statements about China’s investments in Australia’s ports, mines, farms, food bowl developments, commercial and residential real estate.
Australian politicians have been reluctant to recognise the inherent risks in permitting, even encouraging, the sale of vital infrastructure to a large and powerful nation.
The fear is that Australia is in the process of demonstrating the accuracy of Warren Buffet’s prediction a few years ago when he said that a country that goes down the road of excessively depending on foreign investment would become a nation of wage-earners rather than capitalists. He said that such a nation risks losing its sovereignty, being colonised by purchase rather than by conquest.
That is exactly the threat that faces Australia today.
Beware the Dragon complements my earlier book Checkmate. These two stand-alone stories with intersecting story lines describe how the predicament that Australia has created for itself might play out.