Skip to comments.Australia must boost military to deal with China
Posted on 04/18/2009 4:12:54 AM PDT by Flavius
MELBOURNE (AFP) Australia must boost defence spending to give its military the hardware to deal with strategic challenges presented by China's rise as a global superpower, an influential think tank has warned.
China's growth meant the US, Australia's main military ally, would lose its dominant position in Asia in coming decades, creating uncertainty and a higher risk of conflict, the Lowy Institute for International Policy said.
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Australia is suiciding their economy on global warming nonsense. They are wonderfully industrious clever and hard working, then throw their money in the toilet. They won’t be able to afford a military
we can’t, we’re kinda broke. We just spend $50bil in stimilus money and will add another $40bil in national fibre broadband network upgrade. We don’t have the money. We’re in deep debt
“... an influential think tank has warned.”
Whatever the subject matter, I am so sick of this brain-dead style of writing.
Well sooner or later i guess more and more countries will be “forced” to build nuclear weapons because it looks like an easy way to protect yourself against a superior forreign millitary force. unfortunately countries like north korea,Iran... might think the same way.
> Australia is suiciding their economy on global warming nonsense.
We all have alot to thank AlGore the Inventor of the Internet(R) for.
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You are quite correct. The idea that Australia can begin to compete militarily against China with conventional weaponry is just stupid.
The most expensive thing in the world is a second-best military: good, but not good enough to win.
Please explain to me how “Australia is suiciding (its) economy on global warming nonsense”.
Yes, the current government seems to be made up of believers - but they don’t really seem to be doing much about it. Nor are they likely to. They might have when we were in a boom, but they seem to understand that now is not the time to spend money without clear, tangible benefits.
True - but paying too much attention to that means we might as well just get rid of our military altogether. Yeah, we can't win a conventional war against a nation with over fifty times our population - so should we just surrender now and save time later?
Whether we can win or not, if war comes, we're going to have to fight. Better to do something than nothing.
I've nothing, personally, against the idea of a non-conventional approach - up to and including nukes. But politically that isn't going to happen in the short term, where some boosts to conventional forces might.
The bottom line is that if we are ever at war with China, we're going to need help from our allies - most notably, at present (and I hope in the future) the US. We might need that help, but I, for one, only want to be asking for it in the knowledge, we've already done everything we can ourselves.
Added to that, that while China is a concern, it's not the only concern - we have the world's most populous Moslem nation just off our north west coast, and they outnumber us ten to one. China, we can't handle - but planning for China might give us a real capacity to handle Indonesia - if we ever need to. Hopefully Indonesia will continue to move towards secular democracy and remain fairly friendly. But we can't just hope that happens.
East Timor stretched us in 1999, and since then we've been operating at a tempo that is not all that easy with our current force structure. That demonstrates we need to come up with more conventional forces, whether we're concerned about China or not. China simply helps to make the case - it's not the only case.