Re: Obama and danger of World War - Plans for a Permanent Military Base in Australia
Interesting move indeed. It has kind of gone under the radar here to an extent. At the very least the Socialist Alliance (a ULA type of organisation) and the SP's sister party, Socialist Alternative, have nothing on their websites about it. South-east Asia is rapidly assuming importance as it has alot of resources in the area- there are, for instance, tensions over the Spratly Islands, contested by China and Vietnam, but controlled by Vietnam, which has large untapped offshore oil reserves. This US base is also well placed to command the Pilbara region, which is where most of our resources are, including liquefied natural gas, coal and iron, and is also close enough to be an a base for aviation over Indonesia, something China doesn't have yet. This is sabre-rattling to the Chinese, as there are dozens of Chinese state-companies processing ore in the areas around Darwin and the northwest, so this will be a reminder to the Chinese who's the boss in South-East Asia. Also worth noting that the Federal Government in Australia is the Labour Party.
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