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“It’s China and the West” – Does China care about diplomatic boycotts?



As multiple countries across the world follow the United States’ move to boycott China’s 2022 Beijing Olympics, is China really phased by the action?

Canada and the UK are the latest to join a growing list of countries including the United States, Australia and New Zealand in not sending government officials to the games next year.

Most nations, besides New Zealand have cited China’s human rights abuses as the reason for their boycott, as tensions between western nations and the communist nation continue to escalate at rapid speed.

Canada is the most recent to join the boycott, with government officials stating that they are continuously disappointed that China has failed to act on its human rights record.

Ebony Bennet tells ticker NEWS China is acting like they “don’t care” / Image: File

Speaking to reporters in Ottawa on Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada would not be sending an official delegation to the games, which will be held from February 4 to 20 in the Chinese capital.

Does China really care?

China has responded to the diplomatic action, but insist they ‘aren’t phased’ – instead the Chinese government says they’ll responsive action to those that continue to boycott.

China’s foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters that the United States is attempting to interfere with the Games “out of ideological prejudice and based on lies and rumours.”

The spokesperson said China would respond with “resolute countermeasures,” with no further information on what those measures will be.

Mr Zhao then went on to tell the United States to “stop politicizing sports” and to stop, in his words, undermining the Olympics. He continued, saying, “otherwise it will undermine the dialogue and cooperation between the two countries in a series of important areas and international issues.

The comments from China come as Australia’s Prime Minister stated that his country will be making a stance against China, but reiterated that players from Oz will still compete.

“China and the West”

Speaking to ticker NEWS, the Australia Institute’s Ebony Bennett says the situation has now become about China vs the West.

“It isn’t a good look for China”

“China has responded aggressively rejecting that all these assertions that there is human rights abuses in China to begin with”

Australia has been mocked by China over its decision to follow the United States and announce a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

Chinese newspaper The Global Times shared two cartoons on their website, depicting what it described as Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s “lack of an independent policy” and “acting as a henchman” of the US.

The first image shared to Twitter showed a kangaroo holding a balloon emblazoned with the US flag floating in the sky.

The account shared a post from Sydney Morning Herald on the news of the boycotting, captioning it “No.1 Us lackey,” alongside hand clapping emojis.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 


Trump calls on Supreme Court to end raid probe



Former President Donald Trump filed an emergency appeal at the Supreme Court over the FBI raid on his Mar-A-Lago estate.

Trump wants the court to temporarily block the Justice Department from reviewing classified documents seized at his Florida estate in early August.

The appeal came days after a three-judge panel of the Atlanta-based U.S. Court of Appeals said investigators could retain the classified documents and review them as part of a criminal investigation.

Despite nominating three associate justices during his time in the White House – Trump’s record at the Supreme Court hasn’t been too successful.

The high court repeatedly refused pro-Trump efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 election.

The litigation stems from an Aug. 8 FBI search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, which came as part of a federal investigation into allegations he took classified documents from the White House.

Because the case is filed on the Supreme Court’s emergency docket, the justices could resolve the dispute relatively quickly – potentially within a matter of days.

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Ukraine war: If Putin engages in nuclear, he is signing his own ‘suicide note’



As the Ukraine war lingers on, Ukraine’s military advances are the main focus

UKRAINE WAR – Putin’s inability to align his desired political outcomes with the capacity of his military on the frontline in Ukraine, is more obvious than ever.

Russia no longer has control of any of the provinces it claimed to have “annexed” recently, in fact, it’s quite the opposite on the ground.

The will and determination of the Ukrainian people has been unwavering, despite the atrocities cast upon them by Russia.

Now, Putin’s strategy is flawed. Russia’s losses on the ground are a demonstration of Putin’s inability to match his desired political goals with the capability of his military forces.

So what does the future of the war actually look like from this point forward?

Ticker News spoke with War Correspondent Misha Zelinsky who is on the ground in Kyiv, Ukraine.

He gave a full analysis about the mood in Ukraine, Putin’s next moves and the future strategy of the war.

The mood in Ukraine

Zelinsky spent a lot of time in Ukraine at the beginning of the war and at that point in time, it was a very different war.

In February 2022, Ukraine was fighting Russian intruders without warning and defending their territory, while trying to comprehend why.

Ukrainian towns destroyed at beginning of war
Photo credit: ABC

Now, the Ukraine and its military are in a very different, more well-equiped position to defend their homeland and defeat Russian forces.

Ukraine’s advances on the ground give a more accurate picture of reality, in comparison to any empty unauthorised claim by Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

Zelinksy explained the mood on the ground in Ukraine right now is “one of confidence.”

“The city is alive and buzzing, but there is a lot of sadness… I was speaking with someone who said their Facebook feed reads like an obituary.”

Misha zelinsky, war correspondent

Will Putin resort to nuclear?

The Russian military have recently been humiliated and forced to retreat from several key Ukrainian areas. However, the threat of Nuclear remains are very real one.

Russia are not achieving what Putin wants them too. Leaving many concerned about what Putin will do when backed into a corner.

Many believe Putin is making decisions from a desperate, dangerous and unpredictable place.

“Putin is a reckless gambler.”

misha zelinsky, war correspondent

However, if Putin was to resort to nuclear, how capable is the United States military to detect and respond to this?

The United States warned of “catastrophic consequences” if Moscow were to resort to nuclear warfare.

Zelinsky explained that while Putin’s threats of resorting to nuclear must be taken seriously, he warned that global leaders must not be bullied by the Russian leader.

He said the U.S. have thorough plans in place regarding the threat of nuclear, and that if Putin was to engage in nuclear warfare he would be “signing his own suicide note.”

“I don’t think NATO membership is on the table right now…The United State says ‘not now’… But if Putin continues to escalate other things could come into capacity.”

misha zelinsky, war correspondent

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Elon Musk thinks he can end the war in Ukraine



Elon Musk thinks he can end the war in Ukraine and a lot of people aren’t happy with his suggestions

Billionaire Elon Musk is under fire after tweeting a poll with his tips on how to end the invasion of Ukraine.

The Tesla CEO believes an election should held in the regions annexed by Russia, supervised by the United Nations. When the vote concludes, Musk believes Russia must leave “if that is the will of the people”.

On the road to “peace” Musk also says annexed Crimea should be formally declared as part of Russia.

He says the region should never have been separated from Russia in the first place, labelling the move “Khrushchev’s mistake”.

But many people have called the suggestions naive, with some saying the billionaire doesn’t understand the situation.

In true form, Ukraine’s outgoing ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk, told Musk to “fuck off”.

Lithuania’s President, Gitanas Nausėda, has also made his opinion known.

“Dear @elonmusk, when someone tries to steal the wheels of your Tesla, it doesn’t make them legal owner of the car or of the wheels. Even though they claim both voted in favour of it. Just saying,”Nausėda said.

There were a number of social media users in favour of the Tesla CEO’s plans, with some even praising him for trying to find a peaceful solution.

However, this wasn’t the case for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Ukraine’s leader posted a poll to his personal Twitter account, asking which Elon Musk his followers like more: “one who supports Russia” OR “one who supports Ukraine”.

But Musk hit back again. This time he said Moscow could one day announce a total mobilisation, leading to a “full war” where “death on both sides will be devastating”.

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