Tuesday, 28. August 2012
Formalized under the so-called ANZUS treaty in 1951, the military alliance between Australia and the United States has long defined Australia’s role in the security context of the Asia-Pacific region. Formed in the wake of World War II when memories of Japanese aggression in the Pacific were still fresh in the minds of Australians, it was invoked most prominently during Australia’s commitment of over 60,000 troops in the Vietnam war from 1962 to 1975. Even given these decades of close cooperation, however, it still took many by surprise when it was announced last year at a joint press conference by US President Obama and Australian Prime Minister Gillard that that alliance was about to be deepened and expanded with the deployment of a permanent US marine presence in Darwin, Australia.
In this episode of our EyeOpener Report James Corbett presents and discusses the Asia-Pacific as one of the two main anticipated areas of operation for American armed forces in the coming decades, China’s recent naval aggressions in the South China Sea, the US marine deployment in Darwin, the deepening and expanded alliance between US and Australia, and the responsibility and role of Australians in pushing back against this alarming militarization of the region.
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