Monday, April 09, 2012
U.S., Australia to broaden military ties even further
TONY JONES, Australian Broadcasting: Now, do you support the idea of using the Cocos Islands as an air base for US surveillance aircraft? DAVID JOHNSTON: Oh, absolutely. I think our closest ally, if they're prepared to assist us in the management of what is a huge maritime frontier, I would welcome that and I know the Coalition would welcome that.
TONY JONES: There does seem to be a plan to either replace or supplement Diego Garcia, to build another version of it possibly. We should note that the US Navy operates that base in Diego Garcia for warships. It also has a military air base there under lease from Britain. So would a Coalition government be prepared to undertake a similar arrangement with the United States in the Cocos Islands?
Cocos Island - Image Results It is absolutely gorgeous and geographically placed to spy on China!
U.S. wants to use India in missile shield against Russia, China
The United States wants a prominent role in Asia to counter China's developing aggression The U.S. move to "return to Asia" aims to gain more interests from Asia's regional development and cement its dominant position in Asia. First, it should learn to get along with China. Its "return" to Asia has drawn people's attention back to a possible confrontation between itself and China. Many Western scholars believe that the reassertion of the leading U.S. role in Asia is directed against China because only China's rise can pose a potential challenge to its hegemony. Furthermore, a few Asian countries hope to take advantage of the United States, especially its military power, to strike a so-called strategic balance with China.
US and Australia Seal Expanded Military Ties: The United States will have an increased and constant military presence on the continent’s north side, symbolizing America’s renewed security interests in the Pacific Rim. The first deployment of 200 to 250 Marines will begin next year, they said, and the United States will increase its air and naval movements in an area about 500 miles from Indonesia.
While the deployment is small compared to the scale of American forces long based in the North Pacific in Japan and South Korea, it looms larger as a symbol that the United States — encouraged by Australia and southeast Asian nations — will act as a check on a rising and assertive China. On a parallel track, the United States and other Pacific Rim nations are negotiating for a free-trade bloc that does not include China.
China plays a more important role in Asia and around the world as she gains strength militarily and economically as we just discussed. All of Asia has become a nervous wreck as China has been threatening all their Nations, expanding her military, and threatening them all to let China have a;ll the contested Islands and surrounding oceans and their unclaimed mineral rights. That is not going to work and will only bring more of an increased US military presence to try to bring a balance of power in Asia and to protect the rest of Asia reaching out to us for protection.
With that said we must maintain as much of the old world balance and order as we can to maintain a balance as we try to move progressively and successfully through the 21st century! I know of China and Japan's past, I know of the still ongoing Island disputes, the disagreement over natural gas in another area of the East China Sea, I also remember that with China's economic clout rising she took the number 3 seat on the world bank and we talk constantly that China is taking the leading role in Asia and Asia relations.
Being in a superior position puts one in a unique position of power and that power must be handled gracefully, with humility, responsibly, and not abused. That is something I taught all my sons and America under Bush did a lousy job of handling. I am a little worried that China too is getting a little too heavy handed and abusive with her new position of power and beginning to take what she wants instead of being content with what she has which is what I constantly lecture has to be the case if we are to have a future. The time when man and the planet could handle war and colonialism is over, period or else!
We are Taiwan's and Japan's protectors. As China flex's their military muscles in the area we are not supposed to worry. Just what are we supposed to think they are going to do with their advanced weaponry, missiles, stealth aircraft, aircraft carriers and the like. Their threats are going to become more ominous until they cannot be ignored and it is too late. We have been here before. The world was not supposed to worry as Hitler built his arsenal and we know how that turned out.
I can only see this ending badly but what the hell do we do? The middle east breakdown is still in its infancy too. Damn!