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by John F Howard in Townsville
Netherlands-based bank Rabobank with the aid of an armada of government-paid enforcers arriving in government vehicles along with grubby receivers Ferrier Hodgson heavied Noeline Bradshaw and her son Neil to get off their cattle property, Ballabay north of Pentland.
Noelene and Neil were arrested by several violent officers and marched off to the paddy wagon
Although the receivers and Rabobank representatives indicated they would go to the negotiating table after a court appearance on Thursday, in order to avoid a welcoming party at the property they did not arrive on Monday February 20 as they had indicated.
Instead they arrived in military style on Wednesday, with enforcers blocking the entry road and threatening any media or supporters with arrest if they tried to enter.
Ferrier Hodgson were supposed to remove the family on “voluntary terms” as they had suggested.
It appears they did not wish to have any other parties present when removing the entire family.
Neil Bradshaw owns cattle on the property that are not mortgaged to Rabobank. He previously circulated descriptions and brands of his cattle to all livestock agents and meatworks warning them not to deal with the cattle.
This sorry saga of a foreign bank dispossessing honest, hard-working Australians from their properties is completely sanctioned by the LNP and Labor Party.
Banking industry sources believe Rabobank is acting in league with coal and gas companies to remove land holders in order to easily access known coal and gas reserves in the Pentland district.
“Rabobank will have token buyers lined up ready to buy the properties at discounted prices, leaving the Bradshaws holding the bag with a $1 million or more deficit, which without any means of income they will never be able to pay off,” the source said.
Yesterday Member for Kennedy Bob Katter weighed into this disgraceful episode, contacting the Labor Polce Minister(whose husband is a police inspector) then arriving at the Charters Towers police station to get the Bradshaws out of the watch house.
He was told the Bradshaws had been released just before he arrived.
The clearly upset Bob Katter told Cairns News that the lending practices of the banks are designed to allow foreclosures.
“In this case the bank loaned the family too much money because of droughts and poor cattle prices then the government-instigated live cattle export ban which placed them in an unviable position,” he said
“The banks are a law unto themselves and there is no power on earth to control them.
“I have got hundreds of similar cases on file where farmers have not been able to get any relief from any of the so-called government watchdogs like ACCC, courts, the Reserve Bank ASIC and others that are supposed to offer financially stressed businesses relief.
“Banks like Rabobank continue to flagrantly break the law.
“The Bradshaws are devastated after a lifetime’s work to lose their possessions to a foreign bank or any bank.
“The bank will make a profit of half a million or more from these seizures and the Bradshaws will have to carry a $1 million or more debt for the rest of their lives.
“This assault on an Australian farming family clearly demonstrates the urgent need for a Royal Commission into banking practices.”
1 Trillion Dollar Lawsuit Filed Against MSM For Staging ‘Sandy Hook’
William Brandon Shanley Launches Wave of Lawsuits
In another shocking twist in the Sandy Hook saga, Filmmaker and Author William Brandon Shanley Launches Wave of Lawsuits for more than $1 Trillion Against Big Media Over Sandy Hook Massacre Coverage. Here is Mr Shanley’s Statement: “After exhaustive research, the good news is that overwhelming evidence reveals that no children or teachers died at Sandy Hook two years ago. For relief, I have filed lawsuits against the media in US District Court in New Haven for Fraud and Terrorism.”
Here is an example of our abundant evidence, Exhibit D: The Connecticut State Police dash cams record no evacuation of children from school at critical moments: — Smoking Gun evidence no children died at Sandy Hook.” Via RedFlagNews Mr Shanley is the producer of The Made-for-TV Election starring Martin Sheen that analyzed media coverage of the tectonic Carter-Reagan election of 1980. He is also the author of books on quantum physics, including Alice and the Quantum Cat (2011). Dr. James Fetzer, whose 35 articles on Sandy Hook for Veteran’s Today qualify him for the highest investigative journalism awards, and School Safety Consultant, Wolfgang Halbig, whose investigative expertise as a former Florida State Police officer, and loving attention as a former principal, makes this case’s particulars comprehensible to all, will be called as expert witnesses.
Mr Shanley’s Complaint states, in part. Defendants entered into a multi-year conspiracy, meeting in groups separately and together, to commit fraud and terrorism, i.e., to brainwash the public into thinking a lone gunman drill is known as the “Sandy Hook Massacre” was real, when in fact it was a staged FEMA National Level Exercise Event that redirected government resources to terrorize the public.
These crimes were undertaken with the intent of subverting the US Constitution and to affect national, state and local laws. This fraud involved lying to the public, faking news, publishing one-sided news reports, censoring reality, suppressing facts, and deliberately skewing the news to shift public perceptions.
The true costs of this breach of integrity and trust to society are unfathomable. Instead of fulfilling their Constitutional Role as the People’s Surrogates and being honest brokers of information, the Plaintiff will show how the men and women who dominate the TV news industry in the United States broke laws, besmirched the First Amendment, their Constitutional role as government watchdogs, and forfeited the right to report the news, and thereby profit from news production and distribution.
The sine qua non of journalism is the search for truth. Our Fourth Estate chose a different path. Punitive damages of one year’s annual revenue from each Defendant are being sought to establish a News Trust, that will free journalism and restore trust and integrity to our communications sources.
A democracy cannot survive this tyranny over human consciousness.
The New York Times, the Associated Press, the Hartford Courant, and the Newtown Bee are being sued for 10 billion USD, punitive damages, in a separate Complaint.
Case Name: Shanley v. Smith et alCase Number:3:14-cv-01881-JAM
Filer: William Brandon ShanleyMass TV and wire service news media are being sued for 1 trillion USD, punitive damages.
Shanley v. O’Prey et al Case Number: 3:14-cv-01929-JAM
Filer: William Brandon Shanley
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FORMER SENATOR ROD CULLETON ASKS COMMUNITY TO STAND UP TO BANK RECEIVERS AT BALLABAY STATION
Former Senator Rod Culleton, has released a plea on social media for people to get to Ballabay Station located just outside Charters Towers, at Pentland, 9am on Thursday morning.
Nolene Bradshaw and her family own Ballabay Station and Mr Culleton said that he had been working closely with Mrs Bradshaw when he was a Senator, to help keep them on the farm.
Mr Culleton said Rabobank, the lender, was one of the most aggressive banks along with the ANZ, when it came to farm foreclosures.
“Once we lose the great generational farmers of this nation, they will never be replaced and we will have lost the knowledge and expertise forever. This happened in Europe and it can happen here! Our farmers are irreplaceable,” he said.
“Rabobank have engineered the demise of Nolene Bradshaw and her farm. Nolene, her husband and their son are great pastoralists and have survived drought for years and the government induced live export debacle. Even through these tough times, the Bradshaws were able to look after their cattle, which are in prime condition now to be sold. The market is at an optimum peak and Rabobank should be allowing the Bradshaws to sell their cattle, to help service their loan. The Bradshaws had room to financially manoeuvre to meet repayment deadlines but Rabobank kicked in their heels.”
“The cattle are calving at present and the heat is extremely high, yet, the receivers have sent in a helicopter to muster the cattle. There is no court order to do this and the cattle do not belong to the bank. This is theft, not to mention that these actions will cause stress to the cattle and it is highly likely that they will die as a result.”
Mr Culleton says that he does not have a hatred for banks, but how the major four Australian banks treat their customers. “Instead of sitting down at a table and working out a commercial and viable way for the borrower to service the loan, the banks send in receivers and lawyers,” he said.
“This is why I am fighting for a Royal Commission into the banks, the receivers and other financial associates. The Senate has already agreed to one with the terms of reference I presented to them and now the House of Representatives will be voting on it again, imminently. I urge people to contact their local member and tell them you want a Royal Commission.”
Mr Culleton said that all members of the public and media are invited to attend Ballabay Station, on Gregory Springs Rd in Pentland, at 9am on Thursday 9th February.
“Mrs Bradshaw has advised me that the receivers could come at an moment during the day, so we are asking the public to be prepared to attend and stay for the day and potentially into the night. Our aim is to stop the receivers moving in so that we can prepare other avenues for the Bradshaws to save their farm. Bring drinks, food and shelter. It could turn out to be one big bush barbeque.”
David Walter appeared in the Cairns Magistrates Court on January 24 to appeal against his bankruptcy. The former police prosecutor has battled long and hard against what he says is a failed legal system spawned by an unlawful system of government, since at least 1973 or as he probably since 1966, the year decimal currency was introduced to Australia.
He was bankrupted by four shire councils as a non-party to actions taken by the councils against ratepayers for refusing to pay rates. In what was a first ever action of this nature, Walter experienced judicial and political corruption on a scale not seen in Queensland.
The letter to the Magistrates Court is largely self-explanatory. In a letter to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth he says the political parties have formed Parliaments of Australia, to create Corporations Registered in Washington DC, using a foreign currency and measurements in contradiction of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act.
That has left the assets of the people and our Common Law rights and the laws of God in the hands of private people inside the Preamble of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act to form Corporations across the Commonwealth of Australia, some 20 years ago.
As you are totally aware that was done by the Members of the Registered Political Parties inside the Legislative Assembly of the Constitution Act 1867 Qld.
David has lost his property, stolen by corrupt courts and even more corrupt solicitors and barristers. After the Culleton debacle and an unlawful property seizure west of Townsville last week, the people are finally waking up there is no Common Law and no legal redress for civil or criminal matters in Australia, only political party policies developed by members of registered political parties inside the Legislative Assembly of the Constitution Act 1867 Qld.
David Walter has urged readers to tell political party members that the system has failed miserably and should be rectified.
BRING ON THE NATIONAL ID CARD
Australia is maintaining its ‘guinea pig’ status for the world by enforcing facial recognition and iris ID scans for its citizens, aided and abetted by the Liberal Party. If it works other countries will follow.
We suggest you contact Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s office and tell him you will not participate in such draconian ID measures
New technology will mean many travellers will soon not need to present their passports when entering or leaving Australia.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is seeking tenders for a self-processing system to be introduced later this year.
The system will use fingerprints, iris or facial structure recognition at major air and sea ports.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the aim was for more than 90 per cent of passengers to avoid paperwork or manual processing by staff.
“In many cases that will mean people, whilst they’ll still have to carry their passport, may not have to present their passport at all in the long term,” Mr Dutton said.
“But in the immediate term, this will make it easier, it will make it quicker, for people going in and out of our airports.”
Mr Dutton said the $78 million upgrade would also boost security at the nation’s borders by making it easier to detect threats.
“Already we know from the money we’ve invested into biometrics collections that that is a much more reliable collection than we have with people just scanning manually passports,” he said.
“So there is the ability through this technology to improve detections of people that might be coming into our country to do the wrong thing.”
Mr Dutton said cutting down processing times for travellers was also likely to boost tourism.
He said the government was keeping an open mind as to what technology may be used as it sought tenders.
CIA Treason Agenda
Angry, leftist politicians are seeking to overthrow the U.S. government, holding clandestine meetings with CIA operatives… and the media is complainant in the treasonous task.
It’s a sentence that reads like it comes from a two dollar-store spy novel… but it’s very real, according to best-selling author and noted journalist Glenn Greenwald.
Australian Treasonous Public Service
Australian embattled political establishment poised to be trumped by people powered One Nation and other elected independents platform returning the peoples stolen voice to their parliament back is terrifying the duopoly two party system of government, but most feared – “what if they examine the books”.
Treasonous agenda in Australia is not isolated to national security organisations as identified with American CIA, there is a deadly viper nest of entrenched unelected self appointed public servant puppet masters who unchallenged administer control over all elected Australian parliaments. When challenged these vipers access unlimited taxpayer funding to eliminate any threat to this power base. The only attack they cannot defeat is from a united front at polling booths that removes the two party system control of Australian government.
This video of Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News Thursday, Greenwald, not a Trump supporter, warned that there is “obvious open warfare” between the CIA and President Donald Trump. Even worse, Democratic lawmakers were encouraging and “openly calling for and cheering for the intervention of the CIA.”
That, folks, is high treason.
The deadly mantra of free trade has threatened the existence of the $358 million Australian prawn industry after white spot disease contaminated prawn farms in the Logan River south of Brisbane.
Imported raw green prawns from Vietnam, Thailand and China where the highly contagious white spot virus is rampant, have wiped out southern farms, forcing the government to place a ban on imports of green prawns.
Infected prawns die quickly and all the Logan River farms have been destocked in the hope of decontaminating the river.
It is thought that green prawns used for fish bait, were the source of contamination.
Although the virus has no effect upon humans, it would have a serious economic impact on the seafood industry in southern Queensland.
North Queensland farms have not yet contracted the virus and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says the priority was to protect the northern industry which catches 20,000 tonnes of wild prawns and farms another 5200 tonnes worth $86 m annually.
Chinese prawn importer, Sino, had its import licence revoked on Friday and will face serious criminal charges for breaching Australian quarantine laws.
Sino and four other companies allegedly were caught providing samples of non-infected green prawns for biosecurity testing by the Federal Agriculture department when their imported consignments were known to be infected.
Four more foreign importers are in the government sights allegedly for deliberately breaching biosecurity rules.
Other imported products such as cooked, marinated or crumbed prawns do not carry the virus.
Federal Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter whose electorate has a prawn farm, warned the Federal Government not to allow imports from white spot infected countries.
“All other ‘smart’ countries won’t import seafood from a country that has white spot, Mr Katter remarked.
“But we have some of the lowest quarantine protections in the world.
“Quite frankly I can’t think of anything that has been stopped from coming in.
“Out of probably 100 horticultural applications, all have been agreed too, similarly with seafood.
“Australia has for some time been a net importer of seafood. We pleaded with the authorities to refuse the application to bring in imported prawns. They brought in prawns. Now we have white spot.”
The grocery duopoly, Woolworths and Coles, being the largest retailers of imported prawns, have found themselves smack in the middle of the industry crisis, that Logan River farmers say will eventually kill off all farmed prawns.
The duopoly, best known for not supporting local farmers, enforcing low farm-gate prices and dodgy supply contracts has remained quiet, but should take the blame for the impending destruction of the local prawn industry square on the nose.
The Liberal, National and Labor free trade policies have produced the toxic fruit of Australian primary industries.
Fortunately American President-elect Donald Trump has sounded the death knell for free trade but it will be too late for Australia.
This year Australia will hand out a borrowed $365.7 million in foreign aid to Indonesia, an Islamic regime, which is seen by some as a mafia-styled protection payment.
In effect, Australia in 2015 supported the world’s 12th largest army with an annual budget of IDR95 trillion($6,900,000,000 AU).
According to the manpower statistics below, the Indonesian Armed Forces (Tentera Nasional Indonesia, or TNI) could easily overrun Northern Australia in a few days.
Total Population: 253,609,643
Available Manpower: 129,075,188
Fit for Service: 107,538,660
Reaching Military Age Annually: 4,455,159
Active Frontline Personnel: 476,000
Active Reserve Personnel: 400,000 (source WowShack)
Australian military strength is too pathetic to publish.
Even more worrying is the military training being offered by the Australian duopoly government to our potential, greatest enemy.
In November an Indonesian instructor complained that “offensive” material about West Papua displayed at an Australian Special Forces base. It prompted Indonesia’s defence chief to cut military cooperation, throwing future joint exercises into doubt.
Indonesian Special Forces group Kopassus trains with the Special Air Service at the unit’s Campbell Barracks in Perth.
Capitulating in normal Australian style, Chief of Army Lieutenant General Angus Campbell also wrote to his Indonesian counterpart on November 24 to reassure him that Australia did not endorse the material.
Never mind that over the last 20 years hundreds have been killed and thousands of West Papuans have been dispossessed of their land and homes by Indonesian armed forces.
The Indonesian President eventually poured cold water over the training officer’s complaint and assured the Federal Government military ties would remain.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says Indonesia is one of our most important bilateral relationships.
According to DFAT Australia and Indonesia have an extensive framework of cooperation spanning political, economic, security, development, education and people-to-people ties.
Sustainable and inclusive economic growth in Indonesia benefits Australia and contributes to regional growth and stability.
Indonesia has experienced steady economic growth in recent years. It has reached middle income status and achieved substantial development progress. However, economic growth is now slowing and inequality is rising.
At least 100 million people in Indonesia continue to live on $2 or less per day. Slow growth will make it more difficult for Indonesia to meet its development goals. Furthermore, low growth means the poor will find it harder to escape poverty, DFAT said.
In 2014-15, Australia exported 1.38 million cattle to Indonesia, valued at A$1.35 billion FOB.
This reflected a 22% increase on 2013-14. Indonesia was Australia’s largest live cattle export market, taking 746,193 head, up 20% year-on- year and was valued at A$601 million FOB.
Indonesia accounted for 54% of total Australian live cattle exports in 2014-15. In 2014-15, the second largest market for Australian cattle was Vietnam, taking 309,505 head (up 136% on 2013-14), valued at A$328 million FOB.
Inquest in 2014 finds against Indonesian military
Seven years ago the AFP launched an investigation into the deaths of Brian Peters, 29, Malcolm Rennie, 28, Gary Cunningham, 27, Gregory Shackleton, 29, and Anthony Stewart, 21, who were killed in October 1975 reporting on Indonesian military action.
In 2007, New South Wales deputy state coroner Dorelle Pinch found the five men died at Balibo in Timor Leste, also known as East Timor, on October 16, 1975.
In her inquest into the death of Peters, Ms Pinch concluded the men “died from wounds sustained when (they) were shot and or stabbed deliberately, and not in the heat of battle, by members of the Indonesian special forces, including (Commander) Christoforus Da Silva and Captain Yunus Yosfiah on the orders of Captain Yosfiah to prevent (them) from revealing that Indonesian special forces had participated in the attack on Balibo”.
The AFP confirmed in a statement to the ABC they had abandoned their investigation into the killing of the men, who came to be known as the Balibo Five.
“The AFP has conducted an extensive review of the investigation,” the statement read.
“During the investigation the AFP identified challenges associated with establishing jurisdiction. The investigation continued in an effort to overcome those issues.
“However, the AFP has concluded that there is currently insufficient evidence to prove an offence.
“As a result, the AFP has exhausted all inquiries in relation to this matter and will be taking no further action.
“The AFP has had ongoing consultation with the families throughout this complex and difficult investigation. Family members based in Australia and the United Kingdom were briefed by senior AFP investigators this evening.”
The AFP said the men’s families had been informed of the decision.
The AFP has a reputation for botched investigations particularly the questionable circumstances leading to the conviction of Shapelle Corby and the Bali Nine in 2005.
In 2009, former Indonesian soldier Gatot Purwanto said the men were shot deliberately but not executed. (from ABC)
It is no secret that most Muslim Indonesians dislike Australia yet Australians flock to the tourist destination of Bali spending millions of dollars a year.
Tourism bodies say that the numbers of Australian travellers has levelled out due mainly to executions of Australian drug dealers, volcanic eruptions and terrorist attacks.
While 16,000 Indonesians visited Australia in 2016, 1 million aussies on average visit Indonesia each year worth a projected $1 billion to its economy by 2020.
Large oil producer
Oil Production: 983,000 bbl/day
Oil Consumption: 1,355,000 bbl/day]
Proven Oil Reserves: 4,030,000,000 bbl/day
Air force capability
Total Aircraft: 405
Fixed-Wing Attack Aircraft: 52
Transport Aircraft: 187
Trainer Aircraft: 104
Attack Helicopters: 5
Our nearest neighbour could one day become our nearest aggressor and paying the Indonesian military government protection money will be unnecessary should the military decide to move on Australia.
Four years ago when Rudd was Prime Minister a northern development paper was released describing millions of acres that were “available for development by other nations.”
The Australian Government will borrow to provide an estimated $365.7 million in total ODA to Indonesia in 2016-17, including an estimated $296 million in bilateral funding also borrowed and managed by DFAT.
Indonesia is one of Australia’s most important bilateral relationships. Australia and Indonesia have an extensive framework of cooperation spanning political, economic, security, development, education and people-to-people ties. Sustainable and inclusive economic growth in Indonesia benefits Australia and contributes to regional growth and stability.
Indonesia has experienced steady economic growth in recent years. It has reached middle income status and achieved substantial development progress. However, economic growth is now slowing and inequality is rising. At least 100 million people in Indonesia continue to live on $2 or less per day. Slow growth will make it more difficult for Indonesia to meet its development goals. Furthermore, low growth means the poor will find it harder to escape poverty.
Australia works in an economic partnership with Indonesia, supporting its efforts to leverage its own resources to generate growth and distribute those benefits to a larger number of its people. Australia provides policy and technical advice that will improve the quality of Indonesia’s investments in infrastructure, economic governance, human development and social policy.
Current list of Islamic entities in Qld 18/09/2016
Masjid Algester Mosque Algester
Org Islamic Society of Algester Algester
Org Islamic Trust of Algester Algest…er
Org International Islamic Halal Organisation Pty Ltd Archerfield
Org Australian Halal Development and Accreditation Archerfield
Masjid Gold Coast Mosque Arundel
Org Islamic Care Queensland PTY LTD Arundel
Registered Charity Islamic Society Of Gold Coast Inc Arundel
Proposal Muslim Youth Centre Arundel
Registered Charity Trustee for Gold Coast Mosque Trust, The Arundel
Registered Charity Islamic Society Of Mackay Inc Bakers Creek
Masjid Mackay Mosque Bakers Creek
Org Islamic Society of Bald Hills Bald Hills
Masjid Masjid Taqwa Bald Hills
Proposal Berrinba Madrasah Berrinba
Org Queensland Islamic Education Charitable Trust Bethania
Musalla Harbour Town Shopping Centre Biggera Waters
Org Muslim Assistance Worldwide Inc Biggera Waters
Registered Charity Biloela Islamic Society Ltd Biloela
Masjid Brassall – Waterworks Road – Ipswich Mosque Brassall
Org Islamic Society of Ipswich Brassall
Musalla Elizabeth Street Brisbane
Musalla Queensland University of Technology Musalla – City Brisbane
Org QUT Muslim Students Assoc. Brisbane
Registered Charity Brisbane Cbd Muslims Inc Brisbane
Org New Muslim Care Melbourne Brisbane
Proposal Multicultural Educational Centre of Australia MECA Brisbane
Musalla Airport Musalla Brisbane Airport
Registered Charity Muslim Organisation Sunshine Coast Buddina
Registered Charity Turkish Islamic Association Bundaberg
Masjid Turkish Mosque Bundaberg North
Org Trustee for Australian Islamic Education Trust Buranda
Masjid Cairns Dunn Street Mosque Cairns
Org Islamic Society Of Cairns Incorporated Cairns
Registered Charity Cairns & District Islamic Cultural & Building Trus Cairns North
Masjid Capalaba Mosque Capalaba
Org Youth Muslim Club Inc Capalaba
School Australian International Islamic College – Carrara Carrara
Org Islamic Society of Chermside Inc Chermside
Musalla Dreamworld Musalla Coomera
Failed Mosque Curumbin Mosque Curumbin Waters
School Australian International Islamic School – Durack Durack
Masjid Eagleby Mosque Eagleby
Revoked Charity Bosniak Islamic Centre of Qld Islamic Society of Eight MIile Plains
Org Crescents of Brisbane Inc Eight Mile Plains
Masjid Eight Mile Plains – Logan Road – Rochedale Mosque Eight Mile Plains
Proposal Brisbane Islamic Centre & Masjid Eight Mile Plains
Org Brisbane Islamic Centre Ltd Eight Mile Plains
Org Indonesian Muslim Centre of Queensland Ltd Eightmile Plains
Masjid Gatton Islamic Community Centre Gatton
Registered Charity Islamic Medical Association Of Queensland Inc Gatton
Org Lockyer Valley Islamic Association (LVIA) Gatton
Musalla University of Queensland – Gatton Gatton
Proposal Gatton Islamic Community Centre & Masjid Gatton
Org LVIC Pty Ltd Gatton
Org Trustee for LVIC Trust Gatton
Org Islamic Society of Gladstone Gladstone
Musalla Gladstone Musalla Gladstone
Proposal Gladstone Masjid Gladstone
Org Griffith Uni Muslim Students Association Griffith
Musalla Alma Street Musalla Gympie
Org Islamic Cooloola Regional Association Gympie
The Communist Chinese government, through state-controlled corporations masquerading as private entities, is accelerating its plan to acquire control over deep water ports and major shipping lanes across the world.
The Sri Lankan government, heavily indebted to China, recently agreed to lease approximately 80% of a strategic port in the southern part of the country to a state-owned Chinese company for $1.1 billion.
The port of Hambantota lies along an important trade route connecting Asia and the Middle East, and is a key part of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s “one belt, one road” plan to expand Chinese control over key shipping lanes.
The United States refers to these strategic ports as China’s “string of pearls.”
China Merchant Port Holding Company, which purchased the lease to operate the port of Hambantota, is owned by the Communist Chinese government; specifically, it is owned via majority share by the China Merchants Group, a state-run corporation based in Hong Kong.
The same state-owned corporation maintains an 85% share over a large new terminal at the port of Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, as well as varying levels of control over ports in the African nations of Djibouti and Togo.
After acquiring 49% of Terminal Link, a portfolio of terminals run by struggling French container line CMA CGN, China Merchants Group gained access to the following ports: Antwerp and Zeebrugge in Belgium; Dunkirk, Le Havre, Montoir, and Fos in France; Casablanca and Tangiers in Morocco; Marsaxlokk in Malta; Abidjan in the Ivory Coast; Houston and Miami in the United States; Bussan in South Korea.
Another major state-owned corporation, COSCO Pacific, has minority control over the following ports: Antwerp, Suez in Egypt, and Singapore.
COSCO acquired a majority share (51%) of operations at the Greek port of Piraeus in April, 2016 (another 16% will be acquired after an agreed upon period of modernization lasting five years).
The Greek government was forced to sell control over the port, as well as control over 14 regional airports to a German-based company, in a desperate bid to satisfy EU creditors eager for repayment.
COSCO was at the center of controversy when the company sought to lease a former naval base at the Port of Long Beach, California after one of their ships was suspected of illegally trafficking firearms and was raided by customs officials in 1997.
President Bill Clinton was tied to the Chinese company that produced the firearms, Polytechnology, after a supporter escorted the company’s president, Wang Jun, into one of the President’s “White House coffees”, where he reportedly met with Clinton.
Clinton later said the meeting was ”inappropriate” and “an example of the failure of the White House to screen visitors rigorously.”
The cash-strapped (and corruption-plagued) government of the Australian Northern Territory leased control over port facilities in the capital city of Darwin to the Landbridge Company, a company closely connected to the Chinese government, for $361 million late last year.
The 99-year lease raised concern among some in the United States as Marines use the base to train approximately six months out of the year. In addition, fuel storage tanks used by the Marines are situated directly on the land leased to the Chinese company.
Critics argued that China’s port control “could facilitate intelligence collection on U.S. and Australian military forces stationed nearby,” according to the New York Times.
Ye Cheng, chairman and founder of the Landbridge Company, was honored as one of the top “10 individuals caring about the development of national defense” by the Shandong provincial government in 2013.
The Landbridge Company’s website notes their strong ties to “state-owned companies like China National Petroleum Corporation, which supplies oil to Landbridge and allows them to sell it at retail pumps under the corporation’s name.
Panama Ports Company, a subsidiary of Hutchison Ports, maintains exclusive rights to operate ports at both ends of the Panama Canal (Balboa on the Pacific Ocean, Cristóbal on the Atlantic Ocean).
Hutchison Ports is a subsidiary of CK Hutchison Holdings, chaired by Hong Kong-based billionaire Li Ka-shing. He has close ties to the Chinese government, as does the company’s co-managing director and deputy chairman, Victor Li Tzar-kuoi, who served on the Standing Committee of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.
As of 2006, over 60% of the container terminals at the ten largest ports in the United States were operated by a foreign corporation, with the number rising to 80% at the largest ports in Los Angeles and New York/Newark.
Cairns News Links:
- Cairns News published the China private army takeover of Port Darwin – https://cairnsnews.org/2015/11/21/chinas-landbridge-army-to-takeover-darwin-port/
2. Cairns News published China purchasing John Holland Ltd a major Australian Defense Contractor – https://cairnsnews.org/2016/08/11/communist-china-buys-john-holland-constructions-key-defence-dept-provider/
3. Cairns News published China’s warning for Australia to dismiss USA alliance – https://cairnsnews.org/2012/05/26/china-warns-australia-dismiss-us-alliance/