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US 'should explain' Australia military plans

By Li Xiaokun and Ma Liyao  (China Daily)

09:07, December 09, 2011

BEIJING - A top Chinese military official has asked his US counterpart to explain Washington's intention to expand its military presence in Australia during their annual defense talks, the US official said on Thursday, one day after the talks.

Michele Flournoy, US undersecretary of defense for policy, told Ma Xiaotian, deputy chief of the People's Liberation Army General Staff, that Washington's planned deployment in Australia is not aimed at containing China.

Flournoy made the remarks at a briefing at the US embassy in Beijing.

She said Ma asked about Washington's intentions behind the plan to locate as many as 2,500 US Marines as well as aircraft and ships at a base in Darwin, northern Australia.

"We assured General Ma and his delegation that the US does not seek to contain China. We do not view China as an adversary," she said, adding that the moves were "first and foremost" about strengthening US-Australia ties.

US President Barack Obama announced the deployment plan on a trip to Asia last month, during which he said the US was "here to stay" in the region.

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McCarthy at 2011-12-09206.125.68.*
I am very sure that the PLA is not buying this hogwash from Washington, of course the increase in the military presence in Australia is designed to intimidate and contain China. Why else would Australia need US troops and naval ships? This is part of a planned quiet encirclement of China with enemy bases and resources for the inevitable military confrontation between Socialism and Imperialist Facism. I can also guarantee this is just the first installment on a much larger force to be introduced little by little over a period of time.

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