The Aussie mainland is playing a increasing role of importance in Asia as western influence is coming under attack in many corridors in this area of the world. The bases in the Phillipines and Japan which used to be dominant in western influence are fading in importance. Much of this use of these former bases is moved to Austraulia with the advent of satellite survelance. These bases and the functions they used to serve are no longer needed. The monitoring of Asia can be done from Austraulia. Austraulia also has several port citys friendly to the US Navy and as a result Navy ships which used to pull into and operate out of the Phillipines and Japan are using Austraulia.
The evidence we mostly see here in the USA of the increase in Austraulian influence and importance is Austraulian movies, wildlife programs and a
steak house chain. This is merely a tell tale of other importance things going on down under.
All this means is that Austraulia is moving up the ladder economically...and hence militarily. Austraulia is becoming a bigger player in the
international scene. Hence the necessity for China to monitor it through several means at their disposal. This was not so important say...twenty years
I am not sure but are they planning to hold the Olympic Games in Austraulia at some time in the future??? This would be another tell tail
confirmation of Austraulia becoming more important on the world scene.