Friday, December 31, 2010
Australia White Paper/Australia vs. China-I
On 2 May 2009, the Australian government issued its defense white paper indicating that it planned to spend $72 billion protecting itself against the Chinese military threat during next 20 years. The Royal Australian Navy is going to purchase weapons including 100 F-35 jets, 12 new submarines, 8 frigates, and 24 combat helicopters to defend its interests in the Asian-Pacific region. This decision will make the United States happy since Obama is busy addressing the chaotic financial crisis at the home. Japanese right-wings will love the decision by Kevin Rudd, while Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ma Zhongxu asked for an objective analysis without bias (Xinhua News). The fact of the matter is that the Australian army spends $72 billion (for next 20 years) which is less than the Chinese annual official defense expenses. What is purpose for Australia to upset the Chinese?