Canberra, Australia. (August 22, 2022): Australians, one of America’s oldest allies, are increasingly alarmed at aggressive moves by China in the Taiwan Strait that threatens their national security. In a recently released annual survey by the Lowly Institute, a highly respected Australian Research organization, 46% of respondents say China is a growing threat to their security.
Recent events, including China’s overreaction to visits by U.S. dignitaries to Taiwan, have clearly rattled Australians whose sense of security has dropped dramatically from 70% in 2016 down to 53% in 2022, a 17-point drop in six years. Along with a sense of insecurity, Australians are worried about a potential U.S. conflict with China over Taiwan, with 64% saying such a skirmish between superpowers poses a critical threat to world order according to the Lowly Institute’s assessment.
The Aussies have reasons to be concerned.
In May of last year, the Chinese signed a cooperation agreement with the Solomon Islands that alarmed American and Australian leaders. While not authorizing military bases, the accord allows greater access by Chinese warships to the Solomons and greater economic ties. Both the U.S. and Australia have told the Solomon Islands’ leaders that a Chinese military presence would not be tolerated.
The Solomon Islands were colonized by Britain in 1893 and it wasn’t until 1978 that they gained their independence. When U.S. forces invaded the islands in 1942, including the bloody Battle for Guadalcanal, they did so to halt Japan’s advance toward Australia. Strategically located just 1,200 miles from Australia’s north coast, the Solomons continue to be a vital defense perimeter in the Southwest Pacific. This is why the U.S./Aussie defense relationship is so critical and explains the expanding presence of American warships operating in the Southwest Pacific.
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