US Plans To Open Naval Base In Australia Risking More 'Inflamed Tensions' With China

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With Russia allegedly moving its military presence deeper into NATO territory in Europe (with a Cyrpiot base), Bloomberg reports that in response to the regions' growing strategic importance, the US plans to open naval base in Australia (risking further "inflamed tensions" with China) in the midst of a “pivot-to-Asia” that will see 60% of its naval forces deployed in the region by 2020. The latest move, Admiral Greenert confirms, "we’re doing a study together with the Australia Defence Force to see what might be feasible for naval cooperation in and around Australia, which might include basing ships," as the Indian Ocean and South China Seas are becoming "geostrategic hot spots."



As Bloomberg reports,

The U.S. is in talks with Australia about “basing” Navy vessels in its main South Pacific ally, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert said, a move that would risk inflaming tensions with China.




U.S. is in the midst of a “pivot-to-Asia” that will see 60 percent of its naval forces deployed in the region by 2020, a response to its growing strategic importance. It’s a policy China claims is an attempt to contain its own military expansion into the South China Sea and Indian Ocean.


“Increasingly the Indian Ocean is becoming a geostrategic hot spot,” said Rosita Dellios, an associate professor of international relations at Bond University on Australia’s Gold Coast. “Africa, India, the Gulf states all share the Indian Ocean and Australia is an important player.”




While Australia has no formal U.S. naval bases, it has agreed to host as many as 2,500 Marines in the northern city of Darwin and the two countries regularly hold joint military drills.


“This would not be a radical departure in alliance policy which is seeing an increased tempo of access to Australia by U.S. marines and will see more visits from the U.S. air force in the years to come,” said Rory Medcalf, head of the National Security College at Australian National University, where the speech took place.

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All hail The Nobel Peace Prize winner...

The potential bolstering of forces in Australia and plans to expand Exercise Malabar to a permanent quadrilateral exercise reflects the Obama administration's 2012 Pivot to East Asia regional strategy, whose key areas of actions include "strengthening bilateral security alliances” and "forging a broad-based military presence.”

We can only imagine how China will feel about this...

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Jethro's picture

Well, there goes the neighborhood.

Bollixed's picture

When all else fails, warmonger. How did we allow these idiots to present America in this light...

knukles's picture

"Fuck the EU" in action!

Pinto Currency's picture



All the gold is headed to Asia.

So goes the Navy.

COSMOS's picture

Pirates of The Perth

Pirates of The Outback

Pirates of the Great Barrier Reef

Pirates of the Crocs

Pirates of the Sharks

Pirates Down Under


UnpatrioticHoarder's picture

In one of those amazing coincidences, the government of South Australia just announced it is having an inquiry into setting up a nuclear power industry in the state.

Nuclear ships need nuclear fuel, and South Australia already has one of the world's largest uranium mines at Olympic Dam.


Not Too Important's picture

Japan is good at building nuclear power plants. Where are your fault lines? Hopefully close to your largest city.

Dugald's picture


Good point, so stick the bloody base in far from Port Douglas as possible


August's picture

Once Australia has been fully assimilated into The Union, they will have to adopt a common "open door" immigration policy, but they can't have our Latinos! 

Allahu Akhbar! 

Hitlery_4_Dictator's picture

Let's get this war started already....Obama's been talking a lot....let's blow up twitter (pun intended) #bombsnotwords

rocker's picture

"Russia allegedly moving its military presence deeper into NATO".  By what, going into Ukraine. Geezzzz. Ukraine was and still is Russian if you look at the people.

Most of them speak Russian. Im glad Zero said "allegedly". 

QQQBall's picture

Lets just duck the lawsuits and move the troops from Guam.

Not Too Important's picture

'On The Beach'

Great movie. Coming faster than anyone thinks.

Surrealist's picture

LOL I've just been listening to that song by Chris Rea on YT, haven't heard it in years!

IronLead's picture
IronLead (not verified) Bollixed Feb 10, 2015 5:30 PM

When all else fails, warmonger. 


Sounds like Putins strategy.

Vincent Vega's picture

Russia has how many military bases around the world? US has how many? Who is warmonger?

IronLead's picture
IronLead (not verified) Vincent Vega Feb 10, 2015 6:37 PM

Could be that noone wants Russia to be their defender. Wonder why that is.


If Putin did one thing it is to remind his neighbours in Europe WHY they joined Nato.

Not Too Important's picture

Russia is not the USSR. Putin is an Orthodox Christian, not a Jewish Communist.

Some people are just slow.

readmylips's picture

don't confuse a 'lack of success' as russia not TRYING to win.

russia has been a 'warmonger' as long as America could be described as one. Or do nuclear missile equipped bombers not count?

goldhedge's picture

Get back to being an MPNet fag Keyboard General.

IronLead's picture
IronLead (not verified) goldhedge Feb 10, 2015 6:54 PM

I am sure you are trying to be clever, but I dont even know what the heck you are talking about. 

Ignatius's picture

I'll take a shot, you >70 IQ  Military Police Net faggot General.

IronLead's picture
IronLead (not verified) Ignatius Feb 10, 2015 7:05 PM


Ignatius's picture

No, keep talking.  We're graphing your responses and have thus far noted a data cluster in a region we call "shit-stain".

IronLead's picture
IronLead (not verified) Ignatius Feb 10, 2015 7:21 PM

You're graphing your underwear? Is the situation in Russia that dire?



Ignatius's picture

Guys, check this out, his responses fall exactly on the trend line.

IronLead's picture
IronLead (not verified) Ignatius Feb 10, 2015 7:40 PM

It's very interesting that as soon as one starts to criticize Russia you are bombarded with such trollish nonsense.

frenzic's picture

do not feed this weak ass troll

Ignatius's picture

Will that be in your report?

Not Too Important's picture

Ironlead serves a purpose, but Ignatius, you're hilarious! I'm still laughing!

HyperinflatmyNutts's picture

U r an ass clown of a troll.  I have read only 2 or 3 threads today and I see u on them saying bad Russia,evil Putin and good old USA..  Zero Hedge member for 2 weeks. Langley scum for 1 or 2 years.  Get you head out of your ass Langley!!  U r losing the PSYOPS mind fuck War. More and more people are taking there heads out of your ASS day by day.. Fuck you and your Zionist-controlled media..  Go pump that Kool-Aid somewhere else..

August's picture

>>>Go pump that Kool-Aid somewhere else..

I suggest National Review.  He'll be a hit, though still ludicrously dumb.

astroloungers's picture

oceania has always been at war with eastasia

Not Too Important's picture

How about the Chinese stirring the pot in Hawai'i and arming the local mokes?


'Hawaiian Independence Movement Attracts Chinese Interest


Restoration of kingdom could end U.S. military presence' "China has suggested arming Hawaii’s independence activists in retaliation for U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and recently threatened to challenge American sovereignty by making legal claims to the Pacific islands as its territory.

Chinese threats to back several groups of Hawaiian independence activists who want to restore the islands’ constitutional monarchy, ousted in a U.S.-backed coup over a century ago, has raised concerns that military facilities on the strategic central Pacific archipelago are threatened at a time when the Obama administration is engaged in a major shift toward Asia as part of its military and diplomatic rebalance.

Michael Pillsbury, a Pentagon consultant and author of the recent book 100 Year Marathon, said Chinese military hawks, known as “ying pai,” told him they are ready to provide arms to Hawaiian independence activists in retaliation for U.S. arms sales to Taiwan."

And off we go! Although I hope it doesn't kill Spam sales.


Wait. Ying pai? I thought we were feng gwai lo. I need some musubi.

WillyGroper's picture

Coincidence Obola bought a house there?


SilverRhino's picture

Won't work.  We'd just rename the Hawaiians  Indians and stick them on Reservations in the Aleutian Islands.


Hitlery_4_Dictator's picture

seems prudent and logical....not

eddiebe's picture

ok, Jethro, now that was really good!

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supercelld (not verified) Jethro Feb 11, 2015 6:18 AM

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ZerOhead's picture

Sydney would make a great spot for the base.

You don't want to make the mistake of having too many targets to protect when the nuclear missiles are launched...   #pivottoinsanity

Parrotile's picture

Ooh - might have an effect on the local Housing Prices . . . Can't be having that now, can we!!

"Housing Bubble", anyone ? ? ?

Herodotus's picture

The U.S. won't have any money to build any new naval bases in Australia or anywhere else.

giovanni_f's picture

The unsuspecting Aussies will pay for the privilege to have these rapers and murderers in the backyard.

new game's picture

courtesy of the fed and moar debt...

johngaltfla's picture

I was wondering when we would repel Japanese expansionism. Last time we had a base there was when Tojo was running the show.

suteibu's picture

Ironically, the headquarters of the 7th Fleet was Qingdao, China after the war, then moving to Subic Bay, Philippines after the Chinese kicked them out and then to Yokosuka, Japan after the Filipinos kicked them out.  One wonders if the Japanese aren't about ready to kick them out also. 

Not Too Important's picture

I would ask why the US government would leave so many US personnel in southern Japan when the Fukusima fallout there is destroying them and their children?

The Japanese forcing their own people back to Fukushima is internal genocide, but the US leaving their troops there to have their DNA melt? Bastards.

IronForge's picture

You may want to check up on the history a bit.

Don't forget that it was formed in Brisbane, AUS, in 1943 - making it a Full Circle.

Don't know when/why the Flt HQ moved from PHI to JPN (somewhere in the 50s/60s is my SWAG - figure Korean War and rebuilding of JPN being up to snuff - Olympics in Tokyo 19ys after being leveled and burnt to the ground); but the USNAVY was still in PHI until the late 80's when they were asked to leave.  IIRC (from my experience in JPN) The Ships of the Line (Combatant) Homeported in the PHI were always broken - couldn't match the producitivity of a JPN Shipyard (well, not many can); and we'd take over their assignments since our ships were more capable.

BTW, the JPNese are ready to reassess - the "Colony / Vassal State" treatment (no matter how the USA likes to call it a friendship, every fracking Trade/Defense Negotiation has the JPN Participants Pissed-Off'd often).  The Peaceniks in the Diet are too delusional, cowardly and brainwashed with the "Peace Articles" of the Constitution (thanks to MacArthur and his Team_GHQ) to make a move towards a strong, Sovereign Defense Profile; and the MIC_USA and the Puzzle Palace Potentates (Pentagon Brass) want to stick their fingers in everything Defense-related that JPN engages in (e.g., their recent Fighter R&D Programs). 

Nothing wrong with a Mutual Defense Treaty.  The People are waking up to the BS spun up by the Villifying Scam Artists who themselves rely upon JPN's economy.