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US is preparing Australia to go to war against China, claims former diplomat

An extraordinary new claim, seized on by China, posits that Australia’s being “set up” by the United States as part of a “strategic trap”.
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War threat with China ‘dramatic’

“The United States is not preparing to go to war against China. The United States is preparing Australia to go to war against China.”

Beijing has seized on the words of a former diplomat to portray Australia as the “Ukraine” of South East Asia.

Former Australian diplomat John Lander worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs in the 1970s. Now he’s leading the charge to sell Beijing’s message that tensions over the East and South China Seas, the Himalayas and Taiwan are Washington’s fault.

And he’s claiming Canberra is being set-up.

“The militarisation of northern Australia is, I believe, actually designed to make it possible to ensure that Australia will, in fact, be at war against China at some point in the not too distant future, whilst America can stand off on the sidelines,” he says in an interview with the Communist Party’s Global Times.

#Opinion: We have the alliance with US in order to feel secure. But it has long ceased to serve that purpose. If Australia were to defy US, we would find ourselves in trouble of potential destabilizing in Australia: former Australian diplomat

— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) February 9, 2023

“They must help their ally by pouring in more and more weapons, matériel and ammunition, but still maintaining the pretence that they’re not directly engaged in the actual war. I see this is the most likely scenario.”

It’s a scenario Beijing is keen to promote.

“Washington is trying to drive Australia to the forefront of war with China while the US can gain without a fight,” Beijing-based academic Xu Shanpin argues in a state-controlled media editorial. “Ukrainize the Asia-Pacific region will not succeed.”

Implausible diplomacy

Russian President Vladimir Putin has given several reasons for his invasion of Ukraine. One is that Ukraine never existed anyway – that it was always Russia. Another is that it is a “holy war” against Nazism or Satanism. But he also claims he had no choice but to “intervene” as Ukraine was a launching pad by the West for an invasion of his own country.

While not openly supporting the invasion, Chairman Xi Jinping has ordered his diplomats and media to accept these arguments as valid.

US is preparing Australia to go to war against China, claims former diplomatRussian President Vladimir Putin with China's President Xi Jinping. Picture: Sergei BOBYLYOV / SPUTNIK / AFP.

Now Communist Party media is adopting some for its own ends.

“The US hopes to use Australia to drag China into a costly and protracted strategic trap which is hard to break, consume China’s comprehensive strength and economic potential to the greatest extent with the lowest risk, and isolate China in the Asia-Pacific region,” Beijing-based academic Xu Shanpin argues in a Global Times Editorial.

Lander agrees.

“It is clearly demonstrated by the war in Ukraine that the United States is prepared to sacrifice a so-called ally in pursuit of its own interests. The obvious lesson is to not allow ourselves to be used as a proxy,” he says.

The question of Washington’s commitment to fighting on behalf of its allies is not a new one.

And it would need a very good reason to go to war against another nuclear power.

“That doubt should be nagging at the minds of Australian decision makers who just staked their future on the alliance, and it should be on the minds of Americans, too,” Lowy Institute director Sam Roggeveen commented at the time of the AUKUS (Australia, UK, US alliance) announcement. “Why should the United States commit itself to a contest with China when the stakes are less than existential? Without a clear answer to that question, Australia must assume that it will ultimately need to ensure its security alone.”

Perception as reality

The fear that Australia is surrendering its sovereignty to preserve its sovereignty is already echoing through Canberra’s halls of power.

The pending $70 billion plan to build nuclear-powered submarines using US and British technology is at the core of the debate.

In an address to parliament on Thursday, Defence Minister Richard Marles was forced to confront the argument raised by former prime ministers Malcolm Turnbull and Paul Keating.

“Some argue that Australia’s reliance on our partners for the acquisition of naval nuclear-propulsion technology gives rise to a dependence that undermines Australia’s sovereignty,” he said. “The capability decisions we will make in the context of AUKUS are about strengthening our sovereignty.”

In 2021, Paul Keating warned AUKUS would produce a “dramatic loss of Australian sovereignty, as material dependency on the US robbed Australia of any freedom or choice in any engagement Australia may deem appropriate”.

United States Navy Virginia Class submarine USS Mississippi arrives at Fleet Base West, Rockingham, Western Australia for a routine port visit.

United States Navy Virginia Class submarine USS Mississippi arrives at Fleet Base West, Rockingham, Western Australia for a routine port visit.

Malcolm Turnbull has taken up the argument, saying, “nuclear-powered submarines to be acquired from the US will not be able to be operated or maintained without the supervision of the US Navy”.

But former Rear Admiral James Goldrick has presented a different argument.

“Concerns expressed over the potential intrusions into Australia’s ability to make sovereign decisions have been well meant, but have generally focused on the wrong target,” Goldrick writes for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI).

“It is not the operations of the submarines themselves that will be subject to any real loss of national autonomy in a mature system but the working of the governance regime for nuclear power.”

Island fortress Australia

“The US hopes to do the same in the Asia-Pacific region, as it has done in Europe by setting up strategic traps and war quagmire to weaken China,” Xu writes. “The US has fortified Australia through so-called industrial integration and military deployment, turning Australia into an outpost of confronting China.”

Lander says the “China threat” is an illusion.

“The so-called threat from China, which is frequently described in military terms, is not, in fact, a military threat by China at all. It is a challenge more than a threat by China to the US domination of the international financial system.”

Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Borneo, Indonesia and India disagree. All are experiencing massive Chinese military build-ups on their borders and aggressive incursions in territory they claim as their own.

GEOINT analysis of a key airbase in China shows existing infrastructure at the airbase has been expanded considerably, along with the construction of new facilities.[#GEOINT](^tfw)[#China](^tfw)[#Suixi](^tfw)[#Airbase](^tfw)[#AdvancedMonitoring](^tfw)[#Satellogic](^tfw)[](

— AllSource Analysis (@AllSourceA) February 9, 2023

But Beijing is seeking to undermine the growing presence of US forces in Australia, Japan and the Philippines.

“The legal instrument by which Australia’s sovereignty has been handed over to the United States is, in fact, the Force Posture Agreement of 2014, which makes it extremely explicit that any US assets, anything it develops as a base, anything that it equips as a base, any personnel or munitions or any other military assets, which it locates in such bases, are under the complete and unchallenged authority of the United States,” Lander asserts. “And Australia has absolutely no say whatsoever in how, when or why such facilities would be used.”

China’s “extreme forbearance”

“Australia believes we can grow our bilateral relationship and uphold our national interests if both countries navigate our differences wisely,” Australia’s Foreign Minister Penny Wong tweeted recently.

But it’s not certain Beijing sees things the same way.

The number of US Marines in Darwin has grown from 200 in 2012 to 2500 in 2019. And a new round of barracks and infrastructure construction was announced last year.

An expanded US naval and air force presence will also be accommodated. Runway parking bays are being extended, and a new $156 million fuel storage facility is being built at Port Darwin.

“While the Albanese government has been more diplomatically adroit than its predecessor, the reality is that the rhetoric and reality of the Australia-China relationship are not, at present, trending the same way,” analysts from the Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology Sydney argue in The Diplomat.

#ChinaAustralia are important economic & trade partners to each other, several key words to describe: highly complementary, mutually beneficial & win-win. I'm sure, w/ joint efforts by both, trade & investment will be back to normal. It takes two to tango.

— Dr RUAN Zongze 阮宗泽 (@RuanZongzeCGBne) February 9, 2023

Beijing describes the QUAD agreement as “a tool for containing and besieging China” and described AUKUS as an “Anglo-Saxon clique” aimed at building “a NATO replica in the Asia-Pacific.”

“Australia and China’s diverging national interests and strategic postures are widening this gulf,” the UTS analysts argue. “The difficult decisions Canberra may make in 2023 could well push this contradiction beyond a sustainable threshold.”Lander insists that only Beijing’s benevolence has prevented this from spiralling out of control.

“Australia’s greatest protection against us being involved in a war against China is, in fact, China itself,” he claims. “As long as China is able to continue showing the extreme forbearance that has shown to the military provocations by the United States (and indeed Australia) within China’s coastal waters and over China’s airspace … war can be avoided.”
US is preparing Australia to go to war against China, claims former diplomat

Only Idiots Believe The US Is Protecting Australia From China

By Caitlin Johnstone


September 01, 2023 -* Information Clearing House * - The Economist has taken a keen interest in Australia lately, which if you know anything about The Economist is something you never want to see happen to your country. Two articles published in the last few days by the notorious propaganda outlet have celebrated the fact that Australia appears to be the most likely nation to follow the United States into a hot war with China as it enmeshes itself further and further with the US war machine.

In “How Joe Biden is transforming America’s Asian alliances,” The Economist writes the following:

“Meanwhile, the ‘unbreakable’ defence relationship with Australia is deepening, following the AUKUS agreement struck in March, amid a flurry of equipment deals and military exercises. Should war break out with China, the Aussies seem the most willing to fight at America’s side. Australian land, sea and air bases are expanding to receive more American forces. Under the AUKUS deal, Australia is gaining its own long-range weapons, such as nuclear-powered (but not nuclear-armed) submarines to be developed jointly with America and Britain. The three partners want to work on other military technologies, from hypersonic missiles to underwater drones.

“Taken together the ‘latticework’ of security agreements, shows how America’s long-heralded pivot to Asia is accelerating.”

In “Australia is becoming America’s military launch-pad into Asia,” The Economist elaborates upon this war partnership with tumescent enthusiasm, calling it a “mateship” and likening it to a “marriage”, and calling for a rollback of US restrictions on sharing military technology with Australia.

“If America ever goes to war with China, American officials say the Aussies would be the likeliest allies to be fighting with them,” The Economist gushes, adding, “Australia’s geographical advantage is that it lies in what strategists call a Goldilocks zone: well-placed to help America to project power into Asia, but beyond the range of most of China’s weapons. It is also large, which helps America scatter its forces to avoid giving China easy targets.”

The Economist cites White House “Asia Tsar” Kurt Campbell reportedly saying of Australia, “We have them locked in now for the next 40 years.”

“Equally, though, Australia may have America locked in for the same duration,” The Economist hastens to add.

Well gosh, that’s a relief.

“How the world sees us,” tweeted former Australian foreign minister Bob Carr when sharing the Economist article.

“Historians will be absolutely baffled by what’s happening in Australia right now: normally countries never voluntarily relinquish their sovereignty and worsen their own security position out of their own accord. They normally have to lose a war and be forced to do so,” commentator Arnaud Bertrand added to Carr’s quip.

As much as it pains me to admit it, The Economist is absolutely correct. The Australian government has been showing every indication that it is fully willing to charge into a hot war with its top trading partner to please its masters in Washington, both before and after the US puppet regime in Canberra changed hands last year.

This sycophantic war-readiness was humorously mocked on Chinese state media back in 2021 by Impact Asia Capital co-founder Charles Liu, who said he didn’t think the US will actually fight a war with China over Taiwan, but the Australians might be stupid enough to fight it for them.

“US is not going to fight over Taiwan,” Liu said. “It’s not going to conduct a war over Taiwan. They may try to get Japanese to do it, but Japanese won’t be so stupid to do it. The only stupid ones who might get involved are the Australians, sorry.”

He had nothing to be sorry about; he was right. Australians are being very, very stupid, and not just our government. A recent Lowy Institute poll found that eight in ten Australians believe the nation’s alliance with the United States is important for Australia’s security, despite three-quarters also saying they believe the alliance makes Australia more likely to be drawn into a war in Asia.


The former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australia has been “mugged by reality” over the Aukus submarine deal after the US announced it will halve the number of submarines it will build next year, throwing the Australia end of the agreement into doubt.

With the US president, Joe Biden, continuing to face a hostile Congress, the Pentagon budget draft request includes construction of just one Virginia-class nuclear submarine for 2025.

Under the Aukus agreement, production is meant to be ramped up to ensure Australia will have access to at least three Virginia-class submarines from the US in the 2030s. That is to fill a “capability gap” before nuclear-powered submarines to be built in Adelaide enter into service from the 2040s.

The prime minister, Anthony Albanese, played down the impact of the US budget announcement, insisting that “our plans are very clear”.

“We have an agreement that was reached with the United States and the UK,” Albanese told reporters in Darwin on Wednesday. “That legislation went through the US Congress last year. That was a product of a lot of hard work.”

The defence minister, Richard Marles, said earlier that the US remained committed to the deal.

*“*As we approach the one-year anniversary of Aukus, Australia, the United States and United Kingdom remain steadfast in our commitment to the pathway announced last March, which will see Australia acquire conventionally armed, nuclear-powered submarines,” he said.

“All three Aukus partners are working at pace to integrate our industrial bases and to realise this historic initiative between our countries.”

Greens senator David Shoebridge, who has been critical of the Aukus deal from the start, said the US budget announcement was the beginning of the end of Aukus.

“When the US passed the law to set up Aukus, they put in kill switches, one of which allowed the US to not transfer the submarines if doing so would ‘degrade the US undersea capabilities’. Budgeting for one submarine all but guarantees this,” he said on X.