Indonesia a bigger military threat to Australia than China says futurist who ...

China does not present a military threat to Australia but we should be more cautious about Indonesia, according to one of the world's leading futurists. 

Richard Hames, who warned hijacked planes could be flown into the World Trade Centre three years before that happened, believes Australians should stop viewing China as an enemy.

'I don't think there's a military threat to Australia from China,' Dr Hames told Daily Mail Australia. 

'I think the greater threat is from Indonesia.

'The problem that we have with China is simply that we are looking through the lens of the US.

'Until we see China for what it is and listen very, very carefully to what China says we will still go on thinking of them as the enemy.

China does not present a military threat to Australia but we should be more cautious about Indonesia, according to one of the world's leading futurists, Dr Richard Hames. Indonesian soldiers are pictured on armoured vehicles patrolling the streets of central Jakarta

China does not present a military threat to Australia but we should be more cautious about Indonesia, according to one of the world's leading futurists, Dr Richard Hames. Indonesian soldiers are pictured on armoured vehicles patrolling the streets of central Jakarta

'The problem that we have with China is simply that we are looking through the lens of the US,' Dr Hames says. 'Until we see China for what it is and listen very, very carefully to what China says we will still go on thinking of them as the enemy.' A Chinese warship is pictured in Sydney

'The problem that we have with China is simply that we are looking through the lens of the US,' Dr Hames says. 'Until we see China for what it is and listen very, very carefully to what China says we will still go on thinking of them as the enemy.' A Chinese warship is pictured in Sydney

'Whereas in fact they'e one of our largest, if not the largest, trading partners and the opportunity for cooperation with such an important nation is critical to Australia's future.'

Dr Hames has been described by Forbes Asia as 'one of the smartest people on the planet' and has been hailed as among the world's most influential thinkers.

He is sought out by governments and corporations for his insights and is executive director of Centre for the Future which looks for alternatives to systems failing mankind.

The 'foresight practitioner' said that instead of worrying about China, Australia should pay more attention to potential threats from Indonesia.

'It's probably not a real threat yet but we should be taking steps to ensure that it doesn't become so,' Dr Hames said. 

'They're our closest neighbour, it's a huge population, they happen to be a largely Muslim nation.

Richard Hames (pictured) warned hijacked planes could be flown into the World Trade Centre three years before it happened. He has been described by Forbes Asia as 'one of the smartest people on the planet' and has been hailed as among the world's most influential thinkers

Richard Hames (pictured) warned hijacked planes could be flown into the World Trade Centre three years before it happened. He has been described by Forbes Asia as 'one of the smartest people on the planet' and has been hailed as among the world's most influential thinkers

'That's not a reason but it's an added factor we should be cautious given the level of extremism, fundamentalism, that we see in parts of the world.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN  AUSTRALIA'S FUTURE?

Richard Hames says China does not present a military threat to the country

The greater threat is from our neighbours Indonesia

Water security is a bigger problem than carbon emissions

Housing markets in Sydney and Melbourne will further fall

The political centre will collapse and the extreme far right will rise

Political instability and the churn of leaders will continue

Independents will increase and the Senate become more powerful

People will be able to vote on any issue at any time

Facebook will be gone in five years and Instagram within ten

Government may be forced to put a cap on personal wealth.

Low-skilled manufacturing jobs will keep disappearing

Computers will be smarter than humans by about 2040

 Source: Richard Hames

'One of the most important things in the world - the way the system, the global system, works - is that each nation state is geared up to compete. 

'At a time when humanity needs to come together that's quite foolish. 

'So we've got to find ways of breaking down those divisions and cooperating and collaborating with each other more effectively and creating more empathy in how we deal with each other.'

Dr Hames said Australians should not be alarmed seeing Chinese warships in Sydney Harbour as happened last month. 

'That particular event was planned a long time ago,' he said. 

'China is actually reaching out to Australia in so many different ways and yet we still have so much negativity. 

'We blow up in the press the things that are negative and that are damaging like the corporate espionage that goes on. 

'I mean yeah, it exists, there's quite a lot of it. But we do that as well. Everybody does that. 

'And the human rights stuff - if we look at human rights globally over the past 50 years you'd have to point the finger at the US. 

'It's been at war for six decades. It's the biggest rogue nation in the world and China hasn't been at war with anyone over the past six decades. 

'We've got to re-frame our understanding of China's aspirations and our relationship with China.'

Dr Hames says Australians should not be alarmed seeing Chinese warships in Sydney Harbour (pictured). 'That particular event was planned a long time ago,' he said. 'China is actually reaching out to Australia in so many different ways and yet we still have so much negativity'

Dr Hames says Australians should not be alarmed seeing Chinese warships in Sydney Harbour (pictured). 'That particular event was planned a long time ago,' he said. 'China is actually reaching out to Australia in so many different ways and yet we still have so much negativity'

Dr Hames describes himself as a strategic futurist, corporate philosopher, entrepreneur and mentor.

In 1998 he warned of the probability of hijacked planes being flown into the World Trade Centre, which happened in 2001.

WHAT DID DR HAMES CORRECTLY PREDICT? 

In 1998 David Hames warned of the

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