The United States is preparing Australia to go to war against China
By John Lander, retired Diplomat
February 16, 2023
From Popular Resistance.org
Thank you for inviting me to address the Salon. I am greatly honoured and somewhat daunted, given the long list of eminent scholars, analysts and writers who have preceded me.
I am not a “writer”, although I have written a lot during my thirty-year diplomatic career, much of it in relation to China. None of it published and most of it buried in government archives. All I can bring to the table is my personal interpretation of current developments regarding US and China, in the light of my past experience.
One of your previous speakers, Patrick Lawrence, advocated putting the main point first. So here goes:
The United States is not preparing to go to war against China.
The United States is preparing Australia to go to war against China.
The Anzus Treaty
A look at the ANZUS Treaty and the way it has been manipulated over time will explain why I have come to this conclusion.
Originally defensive in concept, the ANZUS Treaty was seen by Australia from its very beginning as a means to “achieve the acceptance by the USA of responsibility in SE Asia” (Percy Spender) to shield Australia from perceived antagonistic forces in its region. It has, however, developed into an instrument for the furtherance of US ability to prosecute war globally – previously in Iraq and Afghanistan, currently against Russia and potentially against China.
The ANZUS Treaty, usually referred to in reverential tones as “The Alliance”, has been elevated to an almost religious article of faith, against which any demur is treated as heresy amounting to treachery. Out of anxiety to cement the US into protection of Australia, the Alliance has been invoked as justification for Australia’s participation in almost every American military adventure – or misadventure – since WW II.
Unlike NATO or the Defence Treaty with Japan, the ANZUS treaty actually provides no guarantee of protection, merely assurances to consult on appropriated means of support in the event that Australia should come under attack.
On the other hand, the Alliance has facilitated the steady growth of American presence in Australia, to the point that it pervades every aspect of Australian political, economic, financial, social and cultural life. Australians fret about China “buying up the country”, but American investment is ten times the size.
They are unaware or uncaring that almost every major Australian company across the resources, food, retail, mass media, entertainment, banking and finance sectors has majority American ownership. Right now US corporations eclipse everyone else in their ability to influence our politics through their investment in Australian stocks.
The transfer of Australian assets to American ownership has continued unabated: In the second half of 2021 then Treasurer Josh Frydenberg approved the transfer of $130 billion of Australian assets to foreign private equity funds, benefiting Goldman Sachs who facilitated the transactions, by multimillions of dollars. Josh Frydenberg now is employed by Goldman Sachs:
The USA and the UK between them represent nearly half of all foreign investment. China plus Hong Kong represents 4.2%. The 4 big “Aussie” banks are dependent on foreign capital which dictate local banks’ policies and operations.
Defence and military weapons manufacturing industries in Australia are now largely owned by US weapons corporations – Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Boeing, Thales, NorthropGrumman. The deep integration of Australia’s defence industries and economy into the US military-industrial complex greatly influences Australia’s foreign/defence policies.
That, plus US capture of Australia’s intelligence and policy apparatus through the “Five Eyes” network and ASPI (which has lobbyists from American arms manufacturers on a Board headed by an operative trained by the CIA) means that the US is able to swing Australian policy to support America in almost all its endeavours.
Despite the fact that it contains no guarantee of US protection of Australia, the Treaty and further arrangements under its auspices, such as the 2014 Force Posture Agreement and now AUKUS, have greatly facilitated US war preparation in Australia. This has accelerated exponentially in the past few years. The US now describes Australia as the most important base for the projection of US power in the Indo-Pacific.
Indicators Of War Preparations
- 2,500 US marines stationed in Darwin practicing for war with the Australian Defence Forces, soon to include the Japanese Defence Forces
- Establishment of a regional HQ for the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command in Darwin
- Lengthening the RAAF aircraft runways in Northern Territory at our expense for servicing US fighters and bombers
- Proposed stationing of 6 nuclear weapons-capable B52 Bombers at RAAF Tindal in NT
- Construction of massive fuel and maintenance facilities in Darwin NT for US aircraft
- Proposed acquisition of eight nuclear-propelled submarines at the cost of $170 billion for hunter-killer operations in the Taiwan Strait
- Construction, at the cost of $10 billion, of a deep water port on Australia’s east coast for US and UK nuclear powered and nuclear missile-carrying submarines
- The long-established satellite communications station known as Pine Gap in central Australia has recently, and is still being, expanded and upgraded. It is key to the command and control of US forces in the Indo-Pacific (and even as far afield as Ukraine)
The Government and right wing anti-China analysts and commentators, whose opinions dominate main stream media, accept the Defence Minister’s contention that this militarisation enhances Australia’s sovereignty by strengthening the range and lethality of Australia’s high-end war-fighting capability to provide a credible deterrent to a potential aggressor.P/2
Yanks control Aussie military forces
Comes as no surprise with Australia being the 52nd state of America – lawfully
Letter to the Editor
Not content with fomenting war with Russia, Biden now proposes staging nuclear-armed B52s in Darwin, to force China to direct pre-emptive missiles at the eight American bases in the NT.
Four years ago, while researching for our MLA Yingiya Guyula, I intercepted plans by Oz Defence and Ratheon/LockheedMartin to install missile launching pads in North East Arnhem Land’s Gulkula region. Further research revealed that former PM Malcolm Fraser recognised the danger of being dragged into WWIII by the US… “who cannot be trusted” he said.
The US is doing nothing to defend Australia and everything to ensure we are attacked by China. That is the most stupid defence policy I have ever heard of. But then, Morrison and Albo are the dumbest PMs in Australia’s history.
At a meeting in Nhulunbuy, called jointly by phoney civilian aerospace organisation Equatorial Launch Australia (ELA) and Develop East Arnhem Land (DEAL), I raised the documented evidence of US defence involvement. The NT Government’s gopher Jim Rogers accused me of being a “conspiracy theorist”.
What is obvious is that Australia’s defense is now entirely run by the White House’s demented court jester and Australians are totally excluded from policy formulation. Here is the future military crisis scenario: The US, following the dictats of the 2015 Rand Report, will confront China. Sino ally, Singapore will immediately cancel our fuel imports and, with a national fuel reserve of 7 days, which should be 90 days, overnight, all bowsers will close and all food and other deliveries will cease. America will strike a Chinese aircraft carrier near Taiwan, and China will nuke all eight US installations in the NT, then others elsewhere in Australia. Capital cities will follow.
With communications down, electricity supply will soon cease. We will have gone from 21st century to stone-age overnight and millions will have been vaporised or be dying from radiation sickness. Three days later, starvation and disease will commence killing infants and old people, everywhere.
All because we let the Yanks take over our military. The US invader is now a bigger threat than mRNA. Time to fight for national sovereignty.
1200 US Marines arrive Darwin in June
from Daily Mail
The United States will send 1,200 Marines to Australia in coming weeks amid increasing tensions between Western nations and China over COVID-19.
The main force will begin arriving in Darwin in early June but an advance party of 54 Marines has been stationed in the Northern Territory for two months.
The US and Australian governments postponed this year’s deployment of Marine Rotational Force – Darwin in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
That month US Defense Secretary Mark Esper barred almost all official movement overseas for military personnel.
The risk of spreading COVID-19 into vulnerable remote Aboriginal communities was also considered too great for the rotation to go ahead.
That decision was reversed this month and the Marines will now exercise with Australian forces at defence training areas in the territory until September.
This year’s rotation had originally been scheduled to involve 2,500 Marines, about the same number of troops who were stationed in Darwin last year.
All Marines will undergo 14 days of quarantine when they touch down and be submitted to a rigorous coronavirus testing regime.
The troops will already have been in isolation for a fortnight since arriving at their staging base in Okinawa, Japan.
Each Marine will be screened for COVID-19 four days before departing Japan and tested again in Darwin before and after quarantine.
Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the deployment demonstrated Australia’s close defence relationship with the United States.
The Marine Rotational Force – Darwin exemplifies the strength of the Australia-United States Alliance and sends a clear signal about our shared commitment to regional security,’ Ms Reynolds said.
‘I am pleased that the modified deployment will proceed this year, following careful planning and preparations undertaken by both Australia and the United States to minimise COVID-19 risks to the Northern Territory.’
The first Marine Rotation Force – Darwin deployment was announced by then US president Barack Obama and then Australian prime minister Julia Gillard in 2011.
The initial rotation of 200 troops arrived in 2012 and until this year had been increasing in size and complexity.
‘The Marines will achieve significant training outcomes with the Australian Defence Force while rigorously adhering to the restrictions in place to safely manage COVID-19 in the Territory,’ Ms Reynolds said.
Christian teaching removed from schools
KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter on Thursday afternoon questioned the Minister representing the Attorney General on the eradication of Christian moral grounding in Primary Schools across Australia.
“Attorney General, secularist attacks upon Christianity inundate – Nativity scenes gone. Star removed from Christmas trees. Now QLD’s government eradicates Christian moral teachings from schoolyards.
“Can we be assured that the replacement won’t be humanism to quote Lenin, “Communism’s father and mother, Stalin Mao 72m dead or Charles Darwin Adolf Hitler’s master race 26m dead?
“And that education in Australia tells of Pax Romanus replacing Roman tyranny. Bishop Langston’s Magna Carta, the abolition of slavery, the collapse of communism and history’s 6 greatest scientists all this from the carpenter preacher from Nazareth?”
The question is in response to a report auditing religious instruction curriculum in public schools issued by the Queensland Department of Education and Training which noted that “students should not be encouraged to evangelise to other students at school” and referenced that schools should “take appropriate action” if a student is found to be doing so.
Mr Katter said Judeo-Christian was the motivating force of some of the most prominent names in our history books.
“Pasteur, Newton, Einstein, Galileo, Mandell and Faraday all practiced Judeo-Christianity and the three great men of European history: Alfred the Great, Constantine and Charlemagne were all fathers of European Christianity”.
Mr Katter said Christian churches were being ridiculed and he was sick of sitting back and copping it by the humanists and the Darwinians.
“Let’s face our enemy squarely; the humanists and the Darwinians.
“We will stand as Christians on our record. Islam from Arabia executed 23,000 Christians in Aleppo while the Turkish Islam came back a century later and murdered 33,000 Christians. Arguably, the only time the Middle East knew peace was under the Crusaders.
“We make no apologies. We serve notice that we will not continue to cop persecution until they annihilate us”.