, with at least 20 Indian soldiers killed. China has not released the number of casualties on its side.
Chinese exercise in Tibet after border clash with India
It was not clear if the Tibetan Mastiffs would be deployed to the border with India but their main mission would be to help border patrol troops and special forces in hand-to-hand combat training, according to a Tencent News report.
“If the country needs us, the Enbo Fight Club will wholeheartedly complete more challenging tasks. As for whether [our fighters] took part in the conflict a few days ago, don’t ask me, I didn’t ask,” club owner En Bo was quoted as saying.
There has been much debate in China over the virtues of the hybrid fighting style of mixed martial arts and the traditional Chinese kung fu approach to combat.
has been at the centre of the debate, gaining attention for beating a tai chi master in 20 seconds in 2017. Xu claimed he was “China’s number one in cracking down on fakes”, referring to people who exaggerated the qualities of traditional Chinese kung fu for commercial gain.
But Xu has since disappeared from the Chinese internet, censored for his controversial antics and his initial favourable view of anti-government protests in Hong Kong last year.
a)But minority shareholders, former law lecturer cum erotic company (SharonAusten.com) director Dr Gordon Elkington and Adelaide-based Trevin Love, are sick of waiting. (CBD,Edited By Kate Askew,10 May 2000,Sydney Morning Herald)
b)The shareholder who opposed Futuris' 4-for-1 scrip offer was Dr Gordon Elkington, whom readers of this column would remember as being part of Rob Catto's happy troupe of small-time greenmailers. (BOURSE SAUCE,Robert Weatherdon,,30 June 1993,The Australian Financial Review,)
c)Another minority shareholder, Dr Gordon Elkington, who has been involved in a number of "greenmail" plays with Mr Catto, said: "There's a group of people out there - and most of them know each other - and they don't like to be ripped off. However, I get the impression that people interested in these things think it's fair."
One of Mr Catto's companies, Super John, owns 333,000 shares, meaning he will make a profit of about $216,000 if the deal is approved. Dr Elkington said he was only a small shareholder.
Dr Elkington said: "One of the important things to learn from this case is that it isn't hard for majority shareholders to get rid of minorities as long as they are reasonable. People that are tarred with the brush of being trouble-makers are really only just standing up for their rights."
One of the most recent greenmail plays involving Mr Catto and Dr Elkington was Southcorp's 1996 takeover of Coldstream Wines. Their status as minority shareholders has been fought over in the courts with a full bench of the Federal Court last month forcing Southcorp to reinstate them to Coldstream's register. ((BOURSE SAUCE,Robert Weatherdon,,30 June 1993,The Australian Financial Review,))
d) Other recent greenmail situations involving Mr Catto include the Texas Utilities takeover of Allgas and Mayne Nickless's bid to take out minorities in Hospital of Australia Investment Fund in 1993.
During the late '80s and early '90s, he was a fly in the ointment in numerous deals, including Pioneer International's attempt to take Ampol private, Mr Kerry Packer's bid for Muswellbrook Energy, Industrial Equity's bid for Top Australia and Westpac's bid for AGC. (Win For Small Shareholders,By Morgan Mellish,26 April 1999,Sydney Morning Herald)
The LPAB and its officers seem to have determined that the above would remain hidden from public view.Questions put concerning Dr Elkington to the Chairman of the LPAB, the Chief Justice NSW Thomas Bathurst ,have been met with the customary non-response( the CJ was has had a long and illustrious career as one of this country's leading commercial QCs,and hence the questions). END
In his book Silent Invasion Professor Clive Hamilton says:
In 2008 Zhu Minshen helped organise a 30,000 strong demonstration by Chinese students at the Canberra (2008 Beijing Olympic) torch relay, many of them brandishing Chinese flags.
This was clearly an open challenge to the authority , and in public defiance of, the AFP's directive to Chinese government security that they were not to be involved in the torch relay.
According to Hamilton the Australian Security And Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) reacted in shock.As Hamilton put it:
"ASIO shat themselves".
AG NSW Speakman and senior judicial officers at the LPAB ignored the fact that Zhu Minshen undermined an Australian Federal Police directive
by Ganesh Sahathevan
France 24 reported in 2008: To minimize the risk of disruption during the torch relay in Canberra, the Australian government has decided not to allow Chinese security in the Olympic torch's path.
In his 2018 book "Silent Invasion" Professor Clive Hamilton reports that Top Education Group's Zhu Minshen organised students , including students from his Top Education Institute to protest against Tibetans at the 2008 rally , which counted towards the Top students’ assessment. Zhu’s Top Institution is “perhaps the only accredited degree program in Australia that counts agitating for a foreign power towards its qualifications.”
Hamilton provides details of Zhu's Communist Party China antecedents and his organisation of the 30,000 strong demonstration by Chinese students at the Canberra torch relay, many of them brandishing Chinese flags.
This was clearly an open challenge to the authority , and in public defiance of, the AFP's directive to Chinese government security that they were not to be involved in the torch relay. As Hamilton puts is "ASIO shat themselves".
Despite this open defiance of the law that they are meant to defend and uphold the Attorney General NSW Mark Speakman and the other senior judicial officers at the LPAB determined that an exception should be made to allow Zhu to operate the "first and only" law school in Australia that is not part of a university.
In "Silent Invasion" Professor Clive Hamilton describes how Zhu Minshen and his Top Education Institute(and other Chinese entities) interfere in Australian politics.The section on Zhu and Top begins :
"Few people noticed, but the fishy smell around Zhu Minshen's Top Education Institute was noticeable a few years before it began wafting from the front pages of the newspaper (such as the AFR in 2013)".
The notoriety that Zhu and Top Group had gained since 2013,and especially in 2016 seems to have been ignored in the process of evaluating Zhu's application, despite the very high standards of probity the LPAB ,the Chief Justice and the AG profess for anyone seeking admission to practice in NSW.
In comparison Hamilton reports that in 2013 the then Labor Minister for Higher Education, Kim Carr, rejected Zhu and Top's application for access to a streamlined visa program on the grounds that Top's students were coming to Australia to work, not study.
That Speakmnan was not AG when Zhu and Top were first granted their LPAB approvals is irrelevant for the approvals are reviewed at regular intervals; a recent review ( which was kept confidential) seems to have had an impact on Top's share price.
Hamilton has simply compiled what is in the public domain.The AG and his officers on the other hand remain determined to remain silent on even their failure to disclose fully the LPAB's dealings with Zhu and Top Group in the LPAB's annual reports which the AG tables in parliament.
"We have to have a process in place and frankly you need to have some kind of a large public judicial inquiry to get to the bottom of what actually is foreign influence in Australian politics," he said.
"A lot of these are being conducted by agencies, like [Australian Security Intelligence Organisation] ASIO and ... others, has to happen behind closed doors because of the nature of those kinds of things.
"We need to have a large, public inquiry, be that a royal commission or a commission of inquiry, [to] shine some light on this and get to the bottom of it because I think this is very serious."
"Look, what happened to me in my career a few years ago really should have been a canary in the coalmine when it comes to foreign influence and these kinds of pressures,"
"The question you have to ask yourself is - are you using them or are they using you? And it's become very, very clear, and my case demonstrated this, is that they are using you.
Dastiyari is best known for his dealings with Zhu Minshen, whose Top Group is the the first and only private company in Australia granted a license to issue law degrees. The issuing authority, the NSW LPAB, which is chaired by the Chief Justice NSW Tom Bathurst and overseen by the AG NSW Mark Speakman have refused to say why they favoured Zhu. They have also failed to make full disclosure of their dealings with Zhu in the NSW LPAB Annual Reports that are tabled in the NSW Parlliament.
Chinese international students now dominate campus politics at the University of Sydney, which has long been a breeding ground for political luminaries including Gough Whitlam, Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull.
Today, the presidencies of the student representative council (SRC) and the Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA) are both held by candidates from Chinese international student blocs as are about half of the elected positions on student union boards
As recently as 2015, international students were scarcely involved in campus politics but that changed in 2016 with the election of Yifan "Koko" Kong, the first Chinese international student to win a seat on the student union board.
That ended the lock domestic students aligned with Labor, the Liberals and the Greens have held on campus for decades. In blunt terms a bastion of whiteness has fallen swiftly. The fall can be attributed to a Vice Chancellor who was determined to see his university become more "diverse".
Meanwhile, the Law Council Australia and the NSW Legal Profession Admission Board, which is chaired by the Chief Justice Of NSW, Tom Bathurst, made history by authorising a private company to grant law degrees; that company happens to be listed in Hong Kong and has strong links to the Communist Party Of China.As reported by this writer:
Zhu's law school will soon be producing LLB graduates who will qualify for admission to practise law in NSW and in Australia. As members of the various law societies they can, like the Chinese students at Sydney University gather sufficient support to control the leadership of those societies.
The conduct of the Law Council Australia and the NSW LPAB in the matter of Zhu Minshen has obvious national security implications that require immediate investigation. The recent introduction of foreign interference laws makes that requirement mandatory, if the objectives of those laws are to be achieved. END
Chinese students dominate the cradle of Australian politics By Nick BonyhadyAugust 12, 2019 — 12.00am AAA Chinese international students now dominate campus politics at the University of Sydney, which has long been a breeding ground for political luminaries including Gough Whitlam, Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull. Today, the presidencies of the student representative council (SRC) and the Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA) are both held by candidates from Chinese international student blocs as are about half of the elected positions on student union boards.
Amid concerns about Chinese government influence in Australia and ongoing protests in Hong Kong, As recently as 2015, international students were scarcely involved in campus politics but that changed in 2016 with the election of Yifan "Koko" Kong, the first Chinese international student to win a seat on the student union board.
That ended the lock domestic students aligned with Labor, the Liberals and the Greens have held on campus for decades. And it mirrors broader trends at Sydney University, where international student numbers have more than doubled since 2012. Those students, a majority of whom are Chinese, constitute about a third of the student population and pay tens of millions of dollars a year to the university on which it increasingly depends on. The largest international student faction on campus is Panda, which is more conservative. It prioritises delivering services to students, wants cheaper transport for international students and generally mistrusts activism. Advance, its more progressive opponent, is more activist, with members decrying racism, opposing the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation and fighting for abortion access. Such is the rancour between factions on campus, including Advance and Panda as well as domestic student groups, that the August SRC council meeting was cancelled because council staff deemed the level of hostility between all sides "unsafe", according to student newspaper Honi Soit. Michael Rees, a former student union president, said there was a positive side to the division because it showed international students' diversity. "There is this view that international Chinese students are a homogenous political community and it’s just so so wrong," Mr Rees said. And a university spokeswoman said it was pleased to see international students getting involved. "We have a strong history of political debate, activism and advocacy in our student body, and it’s encouraging to see this tradition extending to our international students to ensure our representative bodies are as diverse as our student population," the spokeswoman said. SRC president Jacky He, a Panda leader who is from China but has permanent residency in Australia, said disagreements between his group and the more progressive Advance bloc were like clashes between different Labor factions.Mr He's chief antagonist is Decheng Sun, honorary secretary of the student union and an Advance leader. When Panda aligned itself with a Liberal faction on campus, Mr Sun said he "couldn't accept it because it was not my ideology."
On the question of democracy in Hong Kong that has rocked other campuses, leading to physical clashes at the University of Queensland and the intimidation of at least one pro-democracy protester via threats to his family in China, both Mr Sun and Mr He are cagey. Mr He said he could not "express any opinion on any of these things" and could not say how other Panda supporters would think about the issue while Mr Sun said he would "encourage representatives from my faction to vote upon their conscience. People have arguments on both sides, so it's complex." Other Chinese students take a different approach. Weihong Liang, who served two terms as SUPRA president until resigning in July when he graduated to take a job in China, is a member of the Chinese Communist Party. He said being a party member was common in China and did not mean he was a representative of the government. "It does not mean all party members are leaders of the communist party, it just means [they are a] party member," Mr Liang said. Nick Bonyhady Nick is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.