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Old 12-10-2018, 10:35 AM
 
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So, my wife and I just finished watching “Pine Gap” on Netflix. It turns out it’s a real facility jointly operated by the Australians and U.S., located in or near Alice Springs. The show was very well done in terms of plot, characters, writing and easily believable, though fictional. Without ruining the story for those who want to give it a try (I recommend you do) there was a lot of talk about the economic relationship between Australia and China and how dominant of a neighbor China is to the Australian economy. So, my question is, how true is that? I had not thought about it before but it seemed very believable in the show. Just curious.
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Old 12-10-2018, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Australia
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China is by far Australia's biggest trading partner, Australia exporting everything from iron to baby milk. Imports are skewed to manufactured goods, almost all our clothes are these days made in China, and many Chineses students and tourists are vital to our economy.
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Old 12-10-2018, 10:59 PM
 
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As above. It is hard to imagine a country outside of small near neighbours, Like Laos, where China does not wield such importance. China is the second largest source of migrants after India. Largest sender of foreign students, tourists, main trading partner, likely a great contributor to maintaining high house prices within main cities of Australia, through overseas speculation in OZ real estate.


It is often said that Australia has too many eggs in the China basket. A collapse in that economy will seriously impact Australia.


One can anticipate far more Chinese involvement over the coming decades. China is too huge in population numbers and influence to be anything other.
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Old 12-11-2018, 08:16 AM
 
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Thanks. It was interesting hearing about the impact on the show. Again, good show, recommend it, unless you’re an action addict. This is more like a shifting who-done-it.
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Old 12-12-2018, 11:02 PM
 
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A sideline, but when I lived in NT last century, a number of former American military force personal had decided to remain on there. One real character, (American woman) maintained several kangaroos on her property as pets. (in Alice) I used to pass them most days. Not sure if legal though, as in other stats, I don't believe the keeping of kangaroos is allowed.


A few other mostly older former servicemen just couldn't find it in them to leave and return to America.
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Old 12-15-2018, 03:34 AM
 
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Proportionately speaking, Australia has more people of Chinese ancestry than America (5.6% of the population as opposed to 1.5% respectively). China's presence is huge here.
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Old 12-16-2018, 07:38 PM
 
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Although certain areas within the medical professions, far, far out weigh the per cent of Chinese ethnic folk, within the greater community.
Some suburbs like Hurtsville in Sydney now have more than half the population of Chinese descent.
Will Australia over coming decades become the first truly Eurasian society? We are on the road to an interesting mix and diverse possibilities. It appears to be a natural progress to me, especially as the gravity of economics becomes established increasingly in the Asian region.
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Old 12-16-2018, 09:46 PM
 
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Although certain areas within the medical professions, far, far out weigh the per cent of Chinese ethnic folk, within the greater community.
Some suburbs like Hurtsville in Sydney now have more than half the population of Chinese descent.
Will Australia over coming decades become the first truly Eurasian society? We are on the road to an interesting mix and diverse possibilities. It appears to be a natural progress to me, especially as the gravity of economics becomes established increasingly in the Asian region.
Yes, I think it is quite likely that we will become Eurasian. The Chinese of Hurstville are moving into surrounding areas in the pattern of generations of immigrants. We live in the Shire which is still one of the more Anglo areas of Sydney but quite close to Hurstville. Our previous neighbours were Chinese (others are Greek, Indian, Italian) my doctor, dentist and knee specialist are all Chinese. Most of our friends have at least one adult child with Asian partners. Many of the local shops are owned by Chinese people.
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Old Yesterday, 10:34 AM
 
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grim stuff
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Old Yesterday, 01:35 PM
 
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grim stuff
Not at all, IMO.
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