First U.S. Marines Arrive in Australian City of Darwin

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  1. arya

    arya Senior Member Senior Member

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    The first Marines to be deployed to Australia under a deal that will boost the American military’s presence in China’s strategic backyard arrived in the northern city of Darwin late Tuesday night, a sign of the growing importance Washington is placing on the Pacific region.

    The group of about 180 Marines, which will engage in training exercises with the Australian Defense Force during their six-month rotation, is the first contingent of 2,500 American troops to be deployed here by 2017 under an agreement signed in November by President Obama and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

    The decision to deploy the Marines to Australia, which had prompted Beijing to accuse Mr. Obama of escalating military tensions in the region, is part of the president’s publicly stated strategy of shifting the American military’s long-term focus toward the Pacific and an increasingly assertive China.

    Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith, who greeted the Hawaii-based Marines during a ceremony on Wednesday morning in Darwin, touched on the changing regional dynamics during an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

    “The world needs to essentially come to grips with the rise of China, the rise of India, the move of strategic and political and economic influence to our part of the world.”

    The United States has had military bases in the North Pacific since the end of World War II, but its presence in Southeast Asia was greatly diminished in the early 1990s. Strengthened ties with Australia, one of Washington’s foremost allies, will restore a substantial American footprint near the South China Sea, a major commercial shipping route that has been increasingly the focus of Chinese territorial disputes.

    There has been speculation here in recent weeks about what form any further regional military cooperation between the two long-time allies would take. Ms. Gillard last week confirmed that discussions with Washington were under way about the possibility of flying long-range American surveillance drones from the remote Cocos Islands — an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean — but said no substantial progress had been made on the issue.
     
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    arya Senior Member Senior Member

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    why they are worrying about india , we are not chinsie.
     
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    Don't be naive, the move is not really one of much military value. The US are just dropping the troops there to show SYMBOLICALLY - that we own this area, don't eff with us, etc.

    Of course they are worried – they have already lost so much to China. If India can get its act together in certain sectors, they will be even more screwed. Our foreign policy is such a joke though that I doubt the US will be very worried.
     
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    Defense Minister Stephen Smith's brain essentially needs to come to grips with his mouth.
     
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    Was ejazr there to greet them?
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    What is the reaction from China?
     
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    China objected when 0bama announced the deployment some months ago.
     
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    Australian Govt's honeymoon with CCP seems to be over. Chinese companies are getting banned & US marines are landing on the Kangaroo-land.
     
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    let see and watch what happen next
     

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