Canberra suspicion in Beijing, China’s military rise sow seeds of distrust
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a long time, China accused the United States and its allies, defense thinking too much secrecy. But sometimes the transparency on military matters will be too far, like Australia will find the same. Australia and new defense white paper will be published soon, will establish the next few decades Australian strategic interests and objectives. White Paper will suggest that China’s rise has brought to the regional situation of uncertainty, Canberra, as China’s growing military expansion for the Australian Navy’s drivers. The Australian government will imagine, there was no direct invasion of Australia, China will, but this interpretation is difficult to justify in Beijing.
White Paper was published diplomatic timing is not right, and Obama came to power after the US-China relations in the direction opposite. U.S. Defense Secretary has suggested more willing to devote resources to combating transnational terrorism, rather than deal is unlikely, there is no need for a showdown with Russia. United States to China to convey the message that it wants to eliminate the military tension and danger together to address common.
the Australian Defence White Paper will make publicly expressed concern about China’s speculation intensified. The noise – on sovereign wealth funds, investment of resources and network of spies, etc. – have reverberated in Beijing. I know, because last week, met in Beijing and Shanghai, some Chinese security analysts. They said the noisy confusion of Australia, Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister hopes that this mediation with the wishes of the Sino-US differences are not consistent. Some analysts said that Australia can understand you want to guard against uncertainty, but they insisted that China’s strategic culture is prudent, based on self-protection, while the Australian defense policy has to be defined according to the rise of China, which will sow in Beijing the seeds of distrust.
course, such as Australia has a vast maritime interests of the country only three submarines is unreasonable. Talk to consolation is that even a strong show of force in China, they are not alone to face a country: Washington, Beijing will try to challenge any attempt by military dominance in Asia, the Indian presence in the Indian Ocean in Beijing is also disturbed, Japan to China deep-rooted suspicion, Korea, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia one privately are wary of China.
many Asian countries, we may interpret this white paper: If Australia feel the need to enhance the firepower, perhaps we should redouble our expansion. So that we even taking a step forward from the arms race. For Canberra, the challenge now is to act quickly to minimize foreign influence. In addition to the Chinese person in the White Paper, Australia should be stressed that China has no intention to establish a specific military emergencies, and recognizing that the problem with China on regional security cooperation.
starting point regardless of how China has an expanded role in global security in the enormous potential of Australia to help form a mutually beneficial capacity. We should take the initiative to provide English to Chinese military officers, training in international law. Can also be multi-national naval exercises with China exposure. Of course, we should guard against the rise of China privately potential strategic impact. However, this policy as the main basis for our defense or we end up not advocating military procurement plan, too hasty. We should re-balance the messages about China’s future strategy, the sooner the better. (Author 罗里梅德卡夫, Wang analyze translation)