China ‘moons’ the world


BEIJING: The People’s Republic of China has slapped a 5550-kilometre exclusion zone around the flag it recently planted on the moon’s surface, effectively putting earth’s nearest celestial neighbour off limits to any other country.

President Xi Jinping declared a national day of rejoicing as he said work would begin soon to establish military bases on the moon “to protect our motherland’s lunar sovereignty and the non-air space that surrounds it”.

“We have intergalactic law on our side,” President Xi said. “Any nation that invades Chinese territory will do so at its great peril. You may be given the luxury of one warning but maybe not.”

In Washington, political and military leaders are believed to be furious with China’s actions but at the same time are ruing that they didn’t do much the same thing when the United States flag was first planted on the moon more than 50 years ago.

And US President Donald Trump is hoping Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison can take time away from being photographed building the latest flatpack DIY product from Bunnings to issue a stiff rebuke to China on behalf of the free world, putting Australia’s remaining two-thirds of exports to the communist country in jeopardy and helping US exports along a treat.