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When I joined the RAAF as a 17 year old we were informed that we had enough weapons and ammunition to fight for three days!! Sure that was the mid 70's but we have not spent so much on our military since then as our northern neighbour has... they have the latest Sukoi's (spelling?) compared to our rather pathetic 2nd hand FA18 Super Hornets and low numbers of F16's.. along with
but as for the koalas....Definately made in Australia.
A MASSIVE shift in global power away from the US has influenced the Federal Government to increase defence spending to a record $300 billion over a decade.
The White Paper focuses on the massive shift in global power away from the US to countries such as China, India and Russia.
Originally posted by Aristophrenia
reply to post by MrSpad
Actually - The Asian basin is the most important shipping region on earth - hard to understand that yes America is big, yes Europe is big but Asia smashes them both - combined as far as global trade is concerned. Scary - but true. China is patrolling and challenging dominance in this area and certainly is engaging in blue water operations - again - please read..
Secondly China - as did Russia - have not opted for the enourmous expense of Carriers - instead like the Russians - have developed anti-carrier missiles. In short - challenging carriers supremecacy and rendering them obsolete - with a tiny fraction of the cost through penetrating missiles such as the Russians Sun Burner during the cold war and Chinas new tech.
Also they have a VERY SIMILAR sized Navy.
Here is some more info - including their Nuclear Powered Subs :-
General info :
Finally China will be deploying their carriers as of next year - while the US does not have the same missile capacity as China in anti-carrier offensive strikes as the US has projected force rather than combated it.
So again - please stop assuming China has no real Navy and can not project force - they absolutely can.
I would be very surprised if they have not already armed Iran with anti-carrier tech. There is a strong suspicion that Iran also has acquired sun buner tech for their high mobility, high speed attack boats.
To sum up - CHINA is defending and patrolling THEIR SHIPPING routes right through to the middle east - and IS NOT ONLY A COASTAL DEFENCE FORCE - so it is you who is not confused - but as I have repeatedly pointed out - Just posting based on assumptions and stereotypes rather than any real understanding of the truth or basic research of the most simple GOOGLE kind.
Have a nice day.
[edit on 5-9-2010 by Aristophrenia]
Originally posted by Chadwickus
reply to post by CynicalM
It would depend on how they attacked.
China may have the numbers but their navy isn't much chop.
A mass troop invasion may work but they would have to take out Australia's (read USA's) Echelon bases, these bases watch over the entire Asia pacific region and any large troop or naval movements would be closely watched.
Originally posted by CynicalM
reply to post by sliceNodice
Nobody wins when both sides have nukes
Australia doesn't have nukes...
Not unless them darn yanks have snuck em in