United States Troops to Australia?
As Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine, many wonder if Taiwan will be next. America and Australia have formed an alliance to guard against possible Chinese aggression in the pacific.
From Daily Mail. Thousands of American soldiers trained to use surface-to-air missile systems, High Mobility Artillery Rockets and unmanned aircraft are bound for Australia as tensions grow with China.
The rotational US Marine force of about 2200 servicemen and women will be based in the Northern Territory during the upcoming dry season from September.
It is the 11th deployment to the Top End and for the first time will include 250 US Army personnel, the Australian Defense Force announced.
The contingent is part of an ongoing US initiative in the Indo-Pacific region to prepare for a possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan in coming years.
Defense Minister Peter Dutton in September warned conflict with China ‘shouldn’t be discounted’ and on Wednesday told the US Studies Centre Beijing may look to annex Taiwan while the world is preoccupied with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The marine deployment will complement that Enhanced Air Co-operation program between the Royal Australian Air Force and United States Air Force.
About 1000 Marines have already landed in Darwin….
Darwin’s location just south of more than a dozen Asian countries and some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes makes it a strategic stepping-off point.
The training will include live-fire military exercises to improve cohesion between Australian and US forces and those of other regional allies.
Commander of the ADF’s northern force Colonel Marcus Constable said the US alliance was Australia’s most important defense relationship and central to the nation’s security plan….
The announcement comes as Mr. Dutton warned ‘credible military force’ would be used, if necessary, to deter the spread of authoritarianism in the Indo-Pacific….
‘Australia and the United States are in lock-step in our commitment to regional stability,’ he told the forum….
To counter Beijing’s growing aggression in the region the US, Australia and the UK announced the AUKUS pact which will see Canberra secure nuclear-powered submarines in the coming decades.
The move outraged the communist superpower with state-controlled media outlets warning the move could see Australia become the target of nuclear strikes….
But Labor leader Anthony Albanese said China needed to be called out for stance on Ukraine, after Beijing offered Russia economic lifelines that will enable it to withstand Western sanctions….
Mr. Dutton further warned of the possibility Australia would be targeted by escalating cyber-attacks, following its support of Ukraine in the face of Russia’s invasion….
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(Excerpt from Daily Mail. Photo Credit: Canva)
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