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I dare say that aside form the ICBM aspect Australia has more capability, now, to project power into China than vise versa. This is all hypothetical of course without factoring in other countries...
Originally posted by WestPoint23
During the cold war it was 60-40 between the Atlantic and Pacific. Within a few years it will be the other way around, our sub force will be even more lopsided in the Pacific.
AUSTRALIA'S close defence alliance with the United States is to be further entrenched with the building of a new US military communications base at Geraldton in Western Australia.
The Age has learned that the US is to build the base, which follows three years of secret negotiations with Canberra.
The base will provide a crucial link for a new network of military satellites that will help America's ability to fight wars in the Middle East and Asia.
It is the first big US military installation to be built in Australia since the controversy surrounding the joint spy base at Pine Gap more than two decades ago.
Originally posted by Skippy505
The UK doesn't really give two hoots about Australia. Singapore was a complete debacle in WW2 and defence of Australia was low on the priority list right when we needed it. The AIF was running around North Aftrica beating up Rommell for the Brits. All the while Japan threatened. When we needed help it was the US that saved our Ass in Pacific not the UK. We did our bit in PNG and but really it was the US Pacific Fleet that stopped the rot. Australians have been eternally grateful ever since. For instance we were side by side in Vietnam "stopping the advance of communism" into our region and the UK was not involved. This is fair enough becasue what interests does the UK have in the Pacific Rim? - Hong Kong is gone so what's left? Australias relationship with the UK is Sport, Culture and Business. There is nothing strategic about it at all. Australia always helps others but the only country to really help us has been Uncle Sam.
Originally posted by mazzroth
I have no doubt we could resurrect the Woomera test range to go full on testing of ICBM's.
Buy some Nuclear technology off the Chinese for nicks and we are all set to protect ourselves properly.
[edit on 9-3-2007 by mazzroth]