Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Former Australian Defense Chief: 'Because Of China Stay Away From Joining U.S. Navigation Exercises In The South China Sea'

The Australian: Stay away from China, former defence chief warns

Former chief of the Defence Force, Sir Angus Houston, has surprised hawks in the military ­establishment by warning against freedom-of-navigation exercises near Chinese-constructed islands in the South China Sea.

Defence Minister Marise Payne responded by labelling Sir Angus’s comments — which back the government’s position — as a “constructive contribution”, while Labor said it would stick to its harder line and advocate for the exercises.

The comments come amid ­signals from the Trump administration it will adopt a tough stance on China.

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Update: Australia should not join US in South China Sea operations, says retired defence chief (The Guardian).

WNU Editor: Former chief of the Defence Force Sir Angus Houston believes that negotiation is the way to go .... but the problem is that China has shown no interest in negotiating what they believe is their territorial right .... doubly so with the constant threats coming from China .... 'We must take revenge' Chinese call for WAR with Australia over South China Sea dispute (Express).


Jay Farquharson said...

China's Australia's largest trading partner, both imports and exports.

Unlike much of the West, Australia has a trade surplus with China.

Trade with China amounts to roughly half the Australian Economy.

RussInSoCal said...

Well then its settled. Australia should bow to any demand of China. Just because.


fazman said...

They havent actually made any demands of us yet.

fazman said...

They havent actually made any demands of us yet.

Jay Farquharson said...


Guess you never heard the phrase " it's the economy, Stupid!"

Anonymous said...

You don't quite get it, do you? the demand is: everything.
If you don't stand up, you won't keep anything

Andrew Jackson said...

Australia belongs to the U.S.just like Canadia,they just don't know it.