Australia is an Anglo country which naturally supports America for cultural reasons primarily. The politicians here still have no real policy to deal with the rise of China. They stick to the status quo position because they don't really have any answers and are sticking their heads in the sand (I think they're terrified of the coming change). The BIG contradiction is that politically and militarily they're tied to the US but economically speaking Australia already is more or less tied to the fortunes of the China's economy. Even a minor slow down in China has an immediate effect on the Aussie economy and finances. That's a fact that cannot be ignored no matter the rhetoric on great Aussie-US alliances and so on. Eventually (I think sooner rather than later) this contradiction will force itself in the open.
Australians like to think of themselves as rational and practical people who have thrived in their rugged, unforgiving environment, but their strategic thinking – if one could call it that – is shockingly impractical, venturing into the realm of fantasy. The current flavour of the season is the so-called Beowulf Option
. In “Learning to Walk Amongst Giants: The New Defence White Paper”, Australian Government advisor Ross Babbage has set out that Australia needs the military strength to “rip an arm off any major Asian power that sought to attack Australia”.
( read China) . There is nothing imaginative about Australia's military & foreign policy . It's basically a second hand US document . What Australians need to be reminded of is that it's Chinese imports from Western Australia that has prevented Australia from going into recession. If China starts to look for alternative importers like Brazil, India , Africa etc Australia's lucky streak could end very, very quickly.
Cyberspec wrote:That basically sounds like the US policy to me. The "Äsian only" is probably for domestic consumption. For example, S. Korea and Japan cannot make any significant foreign policy and military moves on their own without US approval.
ASEAN too was formed with the intention of containing China and yet it has a robust trade relation with China. India would not like to enter into an alliance with the US which is anti China . India stands to loose greatly
. Unlike Australia , India realizes that China is it's biggest trading partner. In the last 50 years not a single shot has been fired across the Indo China border. Both sides try their utmost in maintaining this status quo. India's alliance with countries in South East Asia and East Asia is designed to remind China that India does have an answer to China's String of Pearls strategy . I suspect to lend some credence to this informal alliance India will soon import military hardware from South Korea & Japan and will also export military hardware to Vietnam and Phillipines. Indo US relations are half hearted and neither side trusts the other
China's new leadership which is going to take over control from tomorrow has drafted a "Look West Policy"
( west of CHina) and India is the lynchpin in this strategy.
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