Australian Defense Minister said that China would strengthen the Australia-US military alliance is very modest position
Royal Australian Navy landing craft from the port of Darwin mission, the U.S. military since 2012, the Marine Corps stationed in Hong Kong.
author Wu Ting
Following Australian Prime Minister Gillard continues to evade U.S. troops stationed in Australia, “is causing unhappiness China” issue, the country came forward yesterday, Defense Minister Smith responded to the “China-US military alliance, said the Australian anger” in the media.
Australian defense minister said the report exaggerated
Smith to China’s position on this issue is described as “very modest.” “China has long claimed that there should be no military alliance, but it is about Australia’s military alliance with the United States.” He told the television station said, “I judged that the response – China’s official response – frankly, is moderate. (report) Some overblown. “
Last week U.S. President Barack Obama during his short stay in Australia revealed that the United States in 2012 began to Australia Marines stationed in the garrison in 2016 the number of 2017 to 2500. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin, 16, a routine press conference that “in the international economic downturn, the international community to promote the development of consensus and focus on the context, to strengthen and expand the military alliance is not suitable for timely move, is not in line with countries in the region and the international community’s common expectation is questionable. “
Smith said Canberra will continue to Beijing that Australia in the Australian-US military alliance and comprehensive cooperation with China on the issue without any abnormal change.
U.S. price to sell Indonesia F-16C/D
Smith also denied media reports that the US-Australia Indonesia in the near Kirk Island to set up a joint military base in the Indian Ocean reported . He said the two sides did not discuss the matter.
“This is just the trend.” He said, “Initially, we arrange the Indian Ocean will be greater use of our main naval base in the Indian Ocean – Sterling, Western Australia base.”
Indonesia military bases for the United States and Australia also expressed concern about the new arrangement, the foreign ministers of Marty Natalegawa warned the move could lead to “tension and the vicious cycle of distrust.” However, Indonesia is also strengthening military cooperation with the United States.
in the United States President Barack Obama and Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono 19, after a meeting in Bali, Indonesia, the U.S. announced that it will sell 24 refurbished F-16C/D fighters, which is considered Obama’s nine-day trip relay to strengthen the Asia-Pacific garrison in Australia after the second major military decisions.
White House statement said the U.S. will be required in Indonesia, from July 2014 began delivery of these aircraft. The statement also stressed that these fighters are relatively inexpensive. The Pentagon estimated that about $ 750 million of these aircraft, the U.S. excess inventory.
the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress about the plan says the government has a combat strength for the F-16 fighters, so the more remote border areas in the mission, because Indonesia currently owned by the Air Force F-16A and B aircraft do not have this capability. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the United States as an important strategic partner to Indonesia the sale of these aircraft, not only to enhance the security of Indonesia, but also U.S. foreign policy and national security benefits.
Bali meeting, Prime Minister Gillard to Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to explain the U.S. military presence in Australia and new trends.share: