RED ON RED – OK, OK, I admit it, I am deriving a certain satisfaction from watching Clive Hamilton being accused of racism, xenophobia and anti-Chinese prejudice by the Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane for his new book, “Silent Invasion: China’s Influence in Australia”. Hey Clive, this is the world your left has created; sit back and make yourself comfortable.

Soutphommasane, the professional whinger who is famously touchy about people who have problems with his surname (my autocorrect suggests I should change to Southeastern, so I guess the autocorrect will now be hauled before the Human Right Commission) is a man of whom Mark Latham recently said he “eats, sleeps and shits racism”, so a standard of credibility isn’t very high to start with, but even by that low standard Southeastern, sorry Soutphommasane, beclowns himself. As Hamilton points out, there is a vast difference between the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese people, and to criticise one doesn’t mean criticising the other, however convenient it is for the Chi-comms to pretend otherwise, both for cynical reasons (playing the Western guilt and identity politics game) and because of self-absorption (some of China’s ruling class no doubt still genuinely believe that they represent and embody the Chines people).

As I’ve written many a time before, China is not our friend, and by China I clearly don’t mean the Chinese people who don’t control their country but China’s Comm-fucian rulers. Taiwan, South Korea and Japan, on the other hand, are. Confusing race with politics and ideology is one of the most cynical tricks in the book, but it’s hardly unique to the question of China – the same sort of people, after all, argue that to criticise Islamism is also racist. To say that Soutphommasane is a dill is not racism either; dillness is colourblind.