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Obama increases and makes U.S. military bases permanent in Australia

China,
already worried the United States is caging it in, immediately
questioned whether strengthening military alliances would help the
region when economic woes put a premium on cooperation."With
my visit to the region, I am making it clear that the United States is
stepping up its commitment to the entire Asia-Pacific region," Obama
told a joint news conference with Gillard in Canberra.From next year, U.S. troops and aircraft will operate out of the tropical city of Darwin, only 820 kms (500 miles) from Indonesia,
able to respond quickly to any humanitarian and security issues in
Southeast Asia, where disputes over sovereignty of the South China Sea
are causing rising tensions."It is
appropriate for us to make sure...that the security architecture for
the region is updated for the 21st century and this initiative is going
to allow us to do that," Obama said.He
stressed that it was not an attempt to isolate China which is concerned
that Washington is trying to encircle it with bases in Japan and South Korea and now troops in Australia."The
notion that we fear China is mistaken. The notion that we are looking
to exclude China is mistaken," he said, adding China was not being
excluded from the planned Transpacific Partnership (TTP) on trade."We welcome a rising, peaceful China."

But
China's rising power means it must take on greater responsibilities to
ensure free trade and security in the region, he added."It's
important for them to play by the rules of the road and, in fact, help
underwrite the rules that have allowed so much remarkable economic
progress," he said.PEARL HARBOUR OF AUSTRALIA

The
U.S. deployment to Australia, the largest since World War Two, will
start next year with a company of 200-250 marines in Darwin, the "Pearl
Harbour of Australia," Gillard said.More bombs were dropped on Darwin during a surprise Japanese raid than on Pearl Harbour, Hawaii.

A
total of 2,500 U.S. troops would eventually rotate through the port
city. The United States will bring in ships, aircraft and vehicles, as
well as increase military training.Asked
about the proposed deepening of U.S.-Australian military cooperation,
Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said China stood for "peaceful
development and cooperation.""We
also believe that the external policies of countries in the region
should develop along these lines," Liu told a regular news briefing in
Beijing.Liu added that "whether
strengthening and expanding a military alliance is in the common
interests of the region's countries and the international community is
worthy of discussion," especially amid a gloomy international economic
situation and with each country seeking cooperation.But
some Asian nations are likely to welcome the U.S. move as a
counterbalance to China's growing military power, especially its
expanding maritime operations, and a reassurance that Washington will
not scale back its engagement in the region due to a stretched U.S.
military budget."The United States
hopes to militarily strengthen alliance relations with Japan in the
north and with Australia in the south, with the clear intention of
counter-balancing China," Su Hao, the director of the Asia-Pacific
Researcher Center at the Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, told the
Global Times, a popular Chinese newspaper.OBAMA TO RAISE SOUTH CHINA SEA

The winding down of wars in Afghanistan
and Iraq has opened the door to greater U.S. attention to simmering
tension over the South China Sea, a shipping lane for more than $5
trillion in annual trade that the United States wants to keep open.Obama
plans to raise maritime security in the South China Sea at a regional
summit on Bali this week, defying China's desire to keep the sensitive
topic off the agenda.China claims
the entire maritime region, a vital commercial shipping route rich in
oil, minerals and fishery resources. It insists that any disputes be
resolved through bilateral talks and says Washington has no business
getting involved."The United
States is also trying to get involved in a number of regional maritime
disputes, some of which concern China's sovereignty and territorial
integrity," a commentary from China's official Xinhua news agency said.Vietnam,
the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei hold rivals claims to at
least parts of the sea and tension occasionally flares up into maritime
stand-offs.Obama will make an
"anchor speech" outlining the U.S. vision for the Asia-Pacific to the
Australian parliament on Thursday before a whistle stop in Darwin. He
then flies to the Indonesian island of Bali for the East Asia summit.The Lowy Institution, which masquerades as an Australian think-tank,
is in actuality funded and representative of the
global-corporate-financier oligarchy. Described in detail in, “Globalists’ Australian Nexus ,”
it was specifically noted as far back as June 2011 that the Lowy
Institute was behind a call for establishing US military bases
throughout Australia.
The Australian specifically named the Lowy Institute as one of the unelected “planners” behind making “the case for US Bases.” As in the recent Lowy Institute affirmation of
this policy as Obama prepares to unveil their corporate-funded agenda
in Darwin, Australia next Thursday, Lowy back in June also cited China
and the inclusion of Australia in a more aggressive strategy being
pursued by Wall Street and London to maintain their financial, economic,
and strategic hegemony throughout Asia.
While Lowy’s fake news blog the “Interpreter
claims most Australians should feel content with this announcement, in
reality, they should be up in arms over it. A corporate-funded,
unelected think-tank is dictating policy to an entire nation; not even
for their own best interests, but overtly to enhance a foreign corporate
oliagrchy in its projection of power throughout Australia’s own
backyard. Instead of cultivating a constructive relationship with Asia
on its own terms — Australia has now been manipulated through
duplicitous self-serving organizations like the Lowy Institute to adopt a
stance of confrontation, encirclement, and unsustainable militarism
leaving Australians as the first line of defense for Wall Street and
London if their house of cards collapses.

 
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  • Whoa, this post is completely wrong. there are no US bases in Australia. There are US troops stationed there on rotation, training, manouvers etc but thats it. there will be a total of 2500 only.

    Big deal.

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  • Australians and Americans have been allies with each other since world war 1 2500 soldiers doesn't sound like much but the sheer presence of American military is a good deterrent i welcome it.

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    • @Nate_Sixty8

      Do you really think that deploying 200-250 marines to Darwin would take down China by a peg or two?

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    • @Nate_Sixty8 fucking you are.. sitting at home on the Dole going back and forth sight seeing in centrelink with no fucking clue with the outside world!! There is no fucking threat from China to Australia you fucking knob!! China is fucking making us rich with a future in developing a better living!! America has no friends and going broke, do you want your friends to bring trouble to your home and fuck it up!!! You need a fucking belting!!

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    • @Ofaqet You really think America has no friends? USA is still, despite any woes it's currently having, the only country in the world that can mobilise a significant armed force at short notice, anywhere in the world.

      The first operation they stepped back from the lead on was Libya, and French and UK troops were running out of munitions within the first week and hitting logistical problems.

      US still has plenty of friends, and plenty of power. This is the Asian century, and it'll be a damned sit More..

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    • @Valerie2007 Think of the troop rotations as a trip wire if something were to go down. If someone were to think of attacking Australia, they now have to consider the much higher likely hood that the ANZUS Treaty will be called upon to enlist USA to defend our shores.

      That's a MASSIVE deterrent for anyone thinking crazy thoughts - like invading Darwin.

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    • @Flip500 Depends how you argue the point really...
      1) Iraq war pull out in weeks
      2) Afghanistan winding down for a RESPONSIBLE hand over of power.
      3) Fighting extremists and retaliating against an enemy where the local nation state is unable/unwilling to do so.
      4) Regime change against a monster
      5) What US troops in central Africa? Or are you referring to UN/NATO?
      6) The Australian expansion is part of a strategic, long term decision to refocus US foreign policy on the Asia Pacific region. it ma More..

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    • @boofhead If you have no problems with them then piss off to the US.. My great grandfather fought in ww1 and my grandfather fought in ww11 and my uncle fought in the Vietnam and my cousin is fighting in the Afghanistan war and they all say Americans are a problem and never wish to associate with them.

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  • This is why Ron Paul should be president,there seems to be US troops stationed everywhere,troops should be used as a countries defence,not to spy on the world.

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    • @MoonBug lol...

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    • @Ofaqet What's funny?

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    • @MoonBug America is broke, high unemployment and poverty, deteriorating health care, high crime rate, high illegal immigration and failing border control etc etc.... one new comer isn't to change anything.... funny clown to think they should manage the world when they can't maintain their national interest.... Australia benefits perfectly well with China..

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    • @Ofaqet Australia should be making their own products,so should America and Europe.If Ron Paul is elected he will certainly change many things for the better.

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    • @MoonBug unknown... we we red e but America brought a bucket load of our brands and companies ~ Ugg boots, Vegemite, Arnotts, Holden, Billabong- as we lost nearly 85% of our factories for American shores .. etc. Etc, and then fucking selling the items back at a higher price.. Unlike china, when they buy our companies they sell commodities back twice as cheap than the scaby Americans.. That's why you guys went broke cause the products are absolutely useless and over priced!!!! Moonbug. Please fuc More..

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  • The elephant in the room, which is not mentioned at all, is the strong increase in Chinese investement and military support for East Timor, only a few hundred miles from Darwin.

    As usual the Australian/American response is ridiculous. All Australia has to do is ramp up investement and support for East Timor. China is only there because of the Australian support vacuum.

    (And I say this after talking to Australian aid workers in East Timor who pointed out a year ago the growing Chinese involveme More..

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    • @DEADBEEF

      Aren't the Chinese slowly buying up Tonga as well?

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    • @DEADBEEF exactly, as opposed to simply giving aid, china is actually investing in the poorer countries of the world. setting up factories, building roads, schools, infrastructure and giving people JOBS will do far more than food stamps and donated clothing ever will.

      until the west drops its holier than thou attitude in regards to the global south and actually start giving them real opportunities, they will continue to flock towards china who has already raised a billion of its own people out More..

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    • @Eva_Destruction

      The Australian Army has been in there for quite a few years. Maybe even now?

      What's missing, or at least not enough, is the investement and partnership.

      I know civilian aid workers who are working with top level Timor Leste Government today on basics such as establishing effective Government processes and basic infrastructure.

      Their report is that the Australian Government is totally failing in support and that China is more than happy to fill the vacuum.

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  • It's mind boggling from the boy king. I think the Aussies can be trusted, so we shouldn't have to put Marines on their soil. Can they put some of their soldiers on our southern border because our politicians don't give a fuck about it.

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  • What a waste of taxpayer money.

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    • @loweyes I agree, we will have the 99%ers catching boats over here to get our Dole. ObAmarecia is going broke and don't have money to pay for our resources so they use the bullying tactics by imposing their forces in our society!!

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    • @Flip500 I fucking agree with China!! Our dollar is stronger than yours and we still pay double the price for iTunes music!! Fucking scabs!! You pay 99c and we pay $1.99. Us has nothing that we need, Shit TV's, crap cars and nothing but gang related image.. our Asian boss is Kevin Rudd and he will fuck Obama off if he threatens China.

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    • @Ofaqet
      Face it, your land is the next square,
      in the chess game of geopolitics.
      This is bigger than you, and your tantrums. Deal with it.

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  • It's a slow build up of forces just like GW1, wait for about 6 months there will be more than 2,500. mark my words...

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  • its ok, we are here to protect our australian friends, they are going to be ok

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  • To protect all the Kangaroo meat for our friends at Jack in the Box.

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  • Fuck off Obama!!! We have good enconomic ties with China, they are buying our resouces and making our dollar stronger!! Obama don't you fucking dare put your bases here and piss china off and make them attack our home!!! WE ARE UNDER THE COMMONWEALTH AND WE DON'T NEED A TWOFACE LYING BUBBLE LIP ALLAHFUCKER YANK SETTING UP MILITARY SHIT ON OUR LAND!!

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    • @Ofaqet It's not a US base, it's US troops in an Australian base.

      Secondly, we have good economic ties to China, but hardly a good security relationship. We rely on China economically, and US for security and stability.

      Why so much hatred again diplomacy?

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    • @sydney_73 lol... i know they will be "using" our base but one like you is kind of naive to think that they will not end up over staying?? America has had a bad history in issues all over the world... Germany, Poland, Taiwan, Sth Korea, Japan, the list goes on and on!!! What security?? They have a bucket load of enemies and in the future we will screwed over!! China is not a threat to us and if you read down below on fludbud's statement he clear indicates why China is a benefit for us More..

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    • @Ofaqet china is deindustrialising the west,with the help of certain corrupt politicians and families.

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    • @MoonBug *Yawn*

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    • @Ofaqet It's your country.

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  • The chinese are stupid they are financing usa wars in ME and every single base in australias is actually paid with money lent by China.

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    • @JohnMcLane2008
      False.
      First of all, we are making certain of our demise by paying for this stuff when we actually need to borrow to pay for it. I don't understand how people don't understand this. Every penny we spend today, is every penny we borrow from the Chinese. Our costs outweigh our revenue. Which means, in order to keep the current status quo, we must borrow to cover all the costs.

      The only reason we can cover our payments is because we can borrow from the Chinese. The Chinese on the o More..

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  • Hopefully the US Troops will be able to deepen the gene pool over there...those aussies have been fucking eachother for too long, like the brits, most are inbred.

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    • @Fullon Tard deepen how? We don't need the famous inbred clan of Hamish American or the spics, nignogs or anything that crawls out of American that resembles Obama.. *shivers*

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