SYDNEY — Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr’s first visit toChina has been dominated by concerns over Canberra’s ties toWashington with Beijing criticizing their close military alliance,reports said Tuesday. Carr, who became Australia’s top diplomat in March, said theworries were raised during three high-level meetings includingwith his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi. The most objective way of saying it is my three Chinese partnersinvited me to talk about enhanced Australian defense cooperationwith the United States, Carr said in the Sydney Morning Herald. I think their view can be expressed that the time for Cold Waralliances have long since past. Aluminium Composite Signs
Australia’s view of course is that an American presence in theAsia-Pacific has helped underpin stability there and created aclimate in which the peaceful economic development includingthat of China has been able to occur. In a visit to Australia last November, U.S. President Barack Obamaannounced Washington would increase its military presence inAustralia as part of a renewed emphasis on the Asia-Pacific, to theirritation of Beijing. The first batch of 2,500 U.S. Extruded Aluminum Profile Manufacturer
Marines to be deployed in the countryarrived in the northern city of Darwin in April in a move Chinasaid was proof of a Cold War mentality. Apart from the Marines, the U.S. military only has a limiteddeployment in long-standing ally Australia, including the Pine GapJoint Defense Facility spy station near the desert town of AliceSprings. But as part of the expansion of military ties, Australia hasindicated it may also allow the United States to use its territoryto operate long-range spy drones. China Aluminum Embossed Sheet
Washington could also reportedly station aircraft carriers andnuclear-powered attack submarines in the western Australian city ofPerth. Carr said he was also keen on closer military cooperation withChina, a major trading partner of Australia and a keen consumer ofits resources. An extended underpinning of my conversation with the (People’sLiberation Army) was that our defense cooperation has been verygood and we would both like to see more of it, he said. Defense cooperation is a confidence building mission.
The more weunderstand about one another’s approach to defense the less likelywe are to misinterpret what the other side does. Carr is due to leave China on Wednesday for Japan.