Australia leases out mineral-rich land as China's hunger for resources grows

Apr 12, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Guardian Unlimited

No longer content with buying iron ore and coal from Australian firms, China is building its own mining operations in the country CITIC Pacific's Sino Iron project in Australia's Pilbara region is expected to produce at least 2bn tonnes of ore over the next 25 years.

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Apr 12, 2011
 
Hunstman for prez wrote:
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seems your complaining about those very assets right now...
how about taking away their country... for one...
Ahh yeah.

You mean ... like you did from the indigenous Americans?

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keep talking shiet and the USA will nuke you
Spoken like a true born in the USA being throatled with your own flag

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Ahh yeah.
You mean ... like you did from the indigenous Americans?
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There are a few posters here that are really straying away from the topic and theres even one that cannot write a line of good grammatical english.How can they ever expect to get their opinions through.Anyway.seeing as I am no expert about business matters of the government with regards to our mineral wealth in WA or wherever else they may be,I am just wondering if someone could enlighten me with the issue of China leasing our piece of earth to mine the minerals.Wouldn't it be so much better if an Australian listed company did what the Chinese are now doing and then we sold it off to them.In that way,it is we who control our minerals and make the profits.It would be in Australian interests to not lease it out to the Chinese.Like I said earlier,I am not well informed on these matters so if someone is better informed please do come in.Another issue is also about another large mining lease that would soon be opened up to the Chinese conglomerates and this other one seems to have a significant aboriginal history attached to it that goes back close to a thousand years.And all that environmental damage that will scar the areas and the loss of the hills.
This is not my opinion(well it is sort of)but more a question with regards to wanting to know a whole lot more.
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THEODORE LANDSMARK wrote:
Saw the picture,could find the fullon story.
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There are a few posters here that are really straying away from the topic and theres even one that cannot write a line of good grammatical english.How can they ever expect to get their opinions through.Anyway.seeing as I am no expert about business matters of the government with regards to our mineral wealth in WA or wherever else they may be,I am just wondering if someone could enlighten me with the issue of China leasing our piece of earth to mine the minerals.Wouldn't it be so much better if an Australian listed company did what the Chinese are now doing and then we sold it off to them.In that way,it is we who control our minerals and make the profits.It would be in Australian interests to not lease it out to the Chinese.Like I said earlier,I am not well informed on these matters so if someone is better informed please do come in.Another issue is also about another large mining lease that would soon be opened up to the Chinese conglomerates and this other one seems to have a significant aboriginal history attached to it that goes back close to a thousand years.And all that environmental damage that will scar the areas and the loss of the hills.
This is not my opinion(well it is sort of)but more a question with regards to wanting to know a whole lot more.
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thats because Aussies are poor and have no money

if you trash, want money just ask the USA ;)

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There are a few posters here that are really straying away from the topic and theres even one that cannot write a line of good grammatical english.How can they ever expect to get their opinions through.Anyway.seeing as I am no expert about business matters of the government with regards to our mineral wealth in WA or wherever else they may be,I am just wondering if someone could enlighten me with the issue of China leasing our piece of earth to mine the minerals.Wouldn't it be so much better if an Australian listed company did what the Chinese are now doing and then we sold it off to them.In that way,it is we who control our minerals and make the profits.It would be in Australian interests to not lease it out to the Chinese.Like I said earlier,I am not well informed on these matters so if someone is better informed please do come in.Another issue is also about another large mining lease that would soon be opened up to the Chinese conglomerates and this other one seems to have a significant aboriginal history attached to it that goes back close to a thousand years.And all that environmental damage that will scar the areas and the loss of the hills.
This is not my opinion(well it is sort of)but more a question with regards to wanting to know a whole lot more.
Thanks.
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Seeing BHP and all the other multi nationals can do it why can't the Chinese.
With every part of land you lease out to a foreign power, you lose out on your sovereignty too.
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Lancelot
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Thanks why you remind me for my grammatical correction!
No I am not looking for any diploma or job!
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We don't need that in this country as declare all ethnic is terrorist and criminals, bully too, this or that!
Its OK ''humiliation''!
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With every part of land you lease out to a foreign power, you lose out on your sovereignty too.
Most of Australia has been leased out to someone as long as the Govt get's the lease payments they don't care.

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Go USA wrote:
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thats because Aussies are poor and have no money
if you trash, want money just ask the USA ;)
I suggest you read up on world financial markets and the subsequent data on the USA and Australia economies then come back and edit your answer with a more truthful response. It is more accurate to say that

the USA are poor and have no money
if you trash, want money just ask Australia (or china in americas case seeing as though they own most of your bonds these days) ;)

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Most of Australia has been leased out to someone as long as the Govt get's the lease payments they don't care.
although the above is streching the truth somewhat, basically yes its true the australian government have allowed foreign ownership/leasing of lands.

We have a problem here (and i think in most western governments) where our leaders are too short sighted. They often only see the short terms gains instead of the long term loss, and this is a prime example...

Only recently the UN released a statement on how this century the worlds population will struggle with food shortages and higher prices. The UN reported warned that governments should plan now to protect and organise their 'food bowels'.
What does australia do?!.. Our politicians allow foreign businesses and governements to buy up farming land at inflated prices, but does anyone stop and wonder why above market and asking price is offered for this land?!?! Does the Australian government and the rest of the world think that china, brazil etc will keep selling food at low prices once they dominate the market place?!?!

We need to keep our resourses for future australians, 3,4,5 generations from now. What will future aussies think if we continue on this path?

I think the australian government see the sale and leasing of our land/resources as a quick way to increase capital and use it to improve the figures for the economy, relying on the majority of australians living in their urban cocoons to be too stupid to notice and brandishing anyone else who dissapproves as a racist. I do not like the 'Greens' but i do like it how they have taken notice of this and will not go down quietly.

In the 20th Century military strength was needed to be a world power, this century the nations who control the production of food will be the worlds superpowers.
Australia with its massive landmass and small population should see agriculture like it sees iron ore today, as a future resourse that will drive the economy into the 22nd century. If our politicans cared for australia they would see our land and our resources the same as i do and not the quick $$$ it seems they do currently...

I for one cannot understand why any government let alone ours that would allow anything to jeopodise the ability for australia to produce its own food/electricity etc, things that are essential for a country tostand on our own two feet. I cannot think of a worse peace time scenario than australia relying on imports for these essentials, with stronger foreign business and goverenment control in australia.

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although the above is streching the truth somewhat, basically yes its true the australian government have allowed foreign ownership/leasing of lands.
We have a problem here (and i think in most western governments) where our leaders are too short sighted. They often only see the short terms gains instead of the long term loss, and this is a prime example...
Only recently the UN released a statement on how this century the worlds population will struggle with food shortages and higher prices. The UN reported warned that governments should plan now to protect and organise their 'food bowels'.
What does Australia do?!.. Our politicians allow foreign businesses and governements to buy up farming land at inflated prices, but does anyone stop and wonder why above market and asking price is offered for this land?!?! Does the Australian government and the rest of the world think that china, brazil etc will keep selling food at low prices once they dominate the market place?!?!
We need to keep our resourses for future australians, 3,4,5 generations from now. What will future aussies think if we continue on this path?
I think the australian government see the sale and leasing of our land/resources as a quick way to increase capital and use it to improve the figures for the economy, relying on the majority of australians living in their urban cocoons to be too stupid to notice and brandishing anyone else who dissapproves as a racist. I do not like the 'Greens' but i do like it how they have taken notice of this and will not go down quietly.
In the 20th Century military strength was needed to be a world power, this century the nations who control the production of food will be the worlds superpowers.
Australia with its massive landmass and small population should see agriculture like it sees iron ore today, as a future resourse that will drive the economy into the 22nd century. If our politicans cared for australia they would see our land and our resources the same as i do and not the quick $$$ it seems they do currently...
I for one cannot understand why any government let alone ours that would allow anything to jeopodise the ability for australia to produce its own food/electricity etc, things that are essential for a country tostand on our own two feet. I cannot think of a worse peace time scenario than australia relying on imports for these essentials, with stronger foreign business and government control in australia.
Seeing it was Britain that took this land as their own and commercialized it for their profit by leasing land and mineral content and all other opportunities of mercantile gain,I am curious how much money if any is paid to Britain from profits generated by Australia during each financial year ?
Seeing the Labor and Liberal party treat us as a business venture where they contest each other to gain our vote,allowing us to choose two different forms of mayhem that strive to have the best set of books to con us to believe them at the next elections only to be found that someone has been cooking the books.
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May 2, 2012
 
sounds like a real chinese takeaway
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#37
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Don't worry anyone.

Australia will become Asia's luxury boat and ships manufucture center, Japan will help. and of course, use USA Navy's warships.

The leased land will become great farmland to raise sheeps with very limited mining for the purpose of environmental protection.
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Saudi and China together will build seawater desaltation plants to provide water making Australia more green. S. Korea and China together will build safe nuclear power plants to provide clean energy by using USA nuclear waste.

That is my guess.

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Saudi and China together will build seawater desaltation plants to provide water making Australia more green. S. Korea and China together will build safe nuclear power plants to provide clean energy by using USA nuclear waste.
That is my guess.
Australia has a wealth of underground water more so than you may presume
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India will provide the labour on farming.
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#41
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and Australia government and Chinese government will provide all the other infrastructures to make Australia a much better place. :)

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