This article may not make a lot of sense to overseas readers not in touch with the course of Australian political history but take my word; is has triggered off a firestorm within our current governing party (which paul keating once led as prime Minister).https://www.theage.com.au/politics/fede ... 5csba.html
Former prime minister Paul Keating has launched an extraordinary attack on the Albanese government over its adoption of the AUKUS pact, accusing it of making the worst foreign policy decision by a Labor government since the attempted introduction of conscription in World War I.
Good point. Not one of the subs we have ordered will be in the water ready for deployment until the 2040's decade. Meantime is this country supposed tosubsist with its present fleet of now obsolete 6 conventionally powered subs?https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politi ... 5cs3t.html
We’ve bet everything on subs that will be obsolete by the time they arrive
I watched Keating make this point on television. Thinking back I cannot recall an instance when the PRC has betrayed any anbition to conquer and rule this country. So what ia our political establishment going on about?https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-03-16/ ... /102098216
The only "threat" we should worry about is the utterly far-fetched prospect of Chinese troops landing on Australian soil. "That is, they bring an armada of troop ships with a massive army to occupy us," he said, pointing out "this is not possible for the Chinese to do".
Special note for Cassowary:
Cass, do not assume or read into this post that I would wish to see rule by the CCP inflicted on the people of Taiwan - who have in public opinion polls and by other means that they do not want this. I am rather taking a more fatalist view of things. I consider that relations between the USA and the PRC have already deteriorated so far that a contest of arms between the two is inevitable. From now on relations can only go further in one direction.
These overpriced submarines that our government has committed Australia to buy are useless for the defence of Australia's landmass and offshhore territorila seas. They are long range attack vessels designed for use far from their home base, such as in Chinese territorial waters. They are the sort of weapon that could drag my country into a war with the PRC that might be in America's best interests but is not in ours.
The most obvious trigger for such a war is the fate of Taiwan. The USA has carried on a contradictory policy over this island since 1979 when the Carter administration first entered into diplomatic relations with China. While "officially" recognising Taiwan as "part of China" the US still treats with Taiwan as though it were a soverign nation state in need of US protection. It amazes me that the PRC government has not by now challenged the US over this two faced "have it both ways" policy posture.
The day of reconnong cannot be postponed foirever.
Such a conflict would obviously be a maritime one fought offshore. The PRC would have the tactical advatage of fighting close to its home base while US supply lines would be very long (and expensive to maintain). The PRC would be far more likely to win. To win PRC ground troops would not need even to storm the island: merely isolate it from the outside world until shortages of essential imports force it to concede defeat. I believe that the PRc has the means to do this.