Perth, Australia. (August 19, 2022): There are few things worse than a bad break up, especially when it involves world superpowers. The recent signing of a Defense Technology Agreement with Britain and America to give Australia nuclear submarines and China’s visceral reaction represent a new low in relations between the two nations. The brouhaha over submarines follows a series of tit for tat moves that have deteriorated relations to a dangerous level.
Australia is rightfully concerned about China’s military build up in its back yard and the increasingly belligerent attitude of the Chinese on trade and economic matters. Australia recently passed a law forbidding “covert political activity by a foreign power” to counter illicit Chinese efforts to influence Australian politics. China responded by imposing punishing sanctions on Australian coal, wine, wheat, and other agricultural products. Not to be outdone, the Australians banned Chinese telecom giant Huawei from operating within its borders.
These political skirmishes have led to a new sense of urgency by the Australians to expand defense ties with America to reinforce the military counterbalance to Chinese ambitions. The priority for America is to ensure “interoperability” between U.S. and Allied forces with Australian’s armed forces. The goal for American planners is to reinforce naval and land forces committed to the southwest Pacific to put the Chinese on notice that any attempts at restricting freedom of the seas will not be tolerated.
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