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Australia could be caught in Sino-US crossfire

(Global Times)

09:15, November 16, 2011

US President Barack Obama arrived in Australia today for a long-delayed visit. It is reported that Obama is going to announce an expanded US military presence in Australia. The move is widely seen as a renewal of the US-Australia alliance to keep China in check.

It is also interpreted as a choice made by Australia between the US and China, the two largest Asia-Pacific powers. Prime Minister Julia Gillard refuted the interpretation Tuesday, saying that "it is well and truly possible for us, in this growing region of the world, to have an ally in the US and to have deep friendships in our region, including with China."

Nevertheless, both Chinese and Australian media outlets know that this is merely diplomatic parlance. Some Australians worry that this unfriendly move will harm their country's relationship with China, its largest trade partner.

Apparently, Australia aspires to a situation where it maximizes political and security benefits from its alliance with the US while gaining the greatest economic interests from China. However, Gillard may be ignoring something - their economic cooperation with China does not pose any threat to the US, whereas the Australia-US military alliance serves to counter China.

Australia surely cannot play China for a fool. It is impossible for China to remain detached no matter what Australia does to undermine its security. There is real worry in the Chinese society concerning Australia's acceptance of an increased US military presence. Such psychology will influence the long-term development of the Australia-China relationship.

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David at 2011-12-05155.69.203.*
To the racist gentleman who asked why our Prime Minister is white and not an aborigine, aboriginals make up less than 2.5% of the Australian population. To everybody else, whatever happened to respecting differences? We respect China"s one party political system and the one China policy. Shouldn"t you respect our right to ally with whom we choose and invite whom we wish on our territory? Do you really have much to fear from more than 10,000km away?
PD User at 2011-12-01175.141.49.*
If you knew the smiling Manadarin speaking Kelvin Rudd who tld USA to use force to get China to "tow the line" you would know the true face/heart of the Australians. They are just the lap dog of the USA and would jump at their every beck and call.Why the PM is a white and not an Aborigine?
PD User at 2011-11-30211.26.193.*
The US must begin to accept other players as equals. As time goes, more countries would also like to be able to enjoy the fruits of their labour, not just as a supplier of cheap raw-materials as well as market for the products of the West. The US and the West should learn to deal with all the risng nations with respect and allow them to go about building their nations and future in any way they think suitable. The Western method of nation building is NOT the only way to success.
Jenghis at 2011-11-28115.64.102.*
When 2 elephants have a go, the ants will be trampled. Australians are the ants. Julia - please be smart-if your instint say go west, just go east. You seems to be so naive politically.When the 2 elephants make up and dance, the ants will be will be left holding the elephants" shit.
haha at 2011-11-23124.170.104.*
bring it on

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