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- May 16, 2014
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@Crasher: hmm......... for Australia, the matter of China's growing arsenal of war weaponry and their expansionist programs (both of which have the clear objective of becoming the world's greatest superpower) is more immediate because of the physical position of our continentThey certainly are not, the UK will stand shoulder to shoulder with them as they did twice for us last century.
As for UK (and USA) standing "shoulder to shoulder.....as they did twice for us last century" - I'm not so sure!!
If Australia was attacked by China, I'm certain that some support would be received from our "global-partners" - but it would be only to the extent that the support given would also serve the sovereign interests of our "global-partners".
I have absolutely no doubt that in such a battle, Australia's interest would NOT entirely equate with the interests of our "global partners". And I'm equally convinced that Australia's actions during the 2 x world wars has little (if any) relevance to the level of support that we would receive. This is NOT a criticism of UK and USA - it's the indisputable reality of self interest!!
Allow me to use an analogy. The role of Australia and our "global-partners" in such a battle with China is akin to the role of the chicken and the pig in a bacon and egg sandwich; the chicken (read our "global-partners") is involved in the outcome - but the pig (read Australia) is committed !!
PS: But the more interesting question would be - what would France do if China attacked Australia? Not sure if you are aware, but the French and Australian PMs have been at loggerhead over Australia's decision to abandon negotiations with France and instead to buy nuclear submarines from USA.
PPS: @Buce: if your nephew comes to Australia as part of the nuclear sub purchase program with USA, I'll add a shrimp to the barbie and there will be a frosty can for him at my place on the proviso that he tells me all about his uncle!!