The driver started talking in clipped English. He seemed to have worked in the corporate sector for eight years in various roles rising up to be the team manager. The companies he had worked in were all blue chip. He seemed to have a good rapport with all his supervisors but the last one.
He started telling me how he spoke to all his passengers. People who would not talk initially would suddenly open up and involve him in long conversations. He also bought him beer. He would meet all kinds of people. Some would haggle with him over the bill and he would reason with them and get away.
Over a one year period he had bought another car. That car was driven by a hired hand.
He seemed to have studied in an army school. He quit one of his jobs because his ID card changed and he did not like the color of the tag.
They also had to wear the ID around their necks. Some weird reasons for quitting jobs. He started talking to me about his future plans. He wanted to immigrate to Canada and drive big trucks.
He had a young child and that is why his wife was not working currently. She was a trained beautician and would resume her career soon. They lived with his parents. Building security and trade alliances with nations like Vietnam, which has been in fierce territorial dispute with Beijing over the South China Sea and where the Prime Minister is visiting for a couple of days, is now considered critical.
Xi's China, too often unconstrained by international norms and expectations, has exercised coercion, often economic, in a bid to bend others to its ways — especially in the Asia-Pacific. Scott Morrison is clear-eyed about the challenge and opportunities for Australia in China's astonishing rise — in mineral resources, its education, investment and research cooperation. That would be a bit of a numpty thing to do ," the Prime Minister told David Koch in an interview broadcast this week.
But this does not mean he'll stop insisting Beijing shows greater regard for other people's property, territory and systems. He hasn't arrived at this position overnight. Mr Morrison co-signed the ban on Huawei's involvement in 5G last yea r when he was treasurer. Australia's interests are best served by observance of established rules and norms.
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