From the Australian:
China reproaches Australia over strengthened US defence ties
CHINA has strongly reproached Canberra over strengthened US defence ties, warning Australia may be “caught in the crossfire” if the United States uses new Australian-based military forces to threaten its interests
A strongly-worded editorial in the state-owned People’s Daily said the new Australian-US defence pact posed a security threat to Australia.
“Australia surely cannot play China for a fool. It is impossible for China to remain detached, no matter what Australia does to undermine its security,” it said.
“If Australia uses its military bases to help the US harm Chinese interests, then Australia itself will be caught in the crossfire.”
The editorial admonished Australia for relying on China for its economic interests while turning to the United States for political and security purposes.
“Gillard may be ignoring something – their economic co-operation with China does not pose any threat to the US, whereas the Australia-US military alliance serves to counter China,” it said.
More brilliant strategy from our government.
UPDATE: My sycophant/brown-noser post yesterday becomes all the more apropos. See me scowl.
Abbott to out-do Labor, build new joint US base on Australian soil
TONY Abbott has sought to trump Julia Gillard’s commitments to the US, offering to establish a new joint facility on Australian soil.
Welcoming President Barack Obama to parliament today, Opposition leader Tony Abbott lauded the United States saying “no country on the earth has done more for the world”.
He offered his support for the posting of US troops in Darwin, but said a Coalition government would go even further.
“The Coalition welcomes the presence of up to 2500 US marines in Darwin and would be happy to see the establishment of another joint facility so that these arrangements could become more permanent,” Mr Abbott said.
It got worse:
Mr Abbott said the US was “the most benign, the least self-interested superpower” the world had seen, and the first and greatest nation founded on the dream of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
And some toilet paper.
For our leaders’ proboscides.