Both China and Indonesia, with New Zealand, Japan, South Korea and India, were briefed on the new deployments before the announcement.
It seems our Prime minister was briefed on the fact that Oz would allow the US empire to operate independently from their soil making Oz effectively a military base of the US empire. More secrecy from our secretive Smiling Assassin!
President Barack Obama has launched the United States on a new thrust into Asia and the Pacific, strengthening its military commitment, which he is protecting from budget cuts, and setting a new agenda on trade, democracy and human rights.
In moves that have drawn sharp criticism from China and Indonesia, Obama has boosted the presence of US forces in Australia and said yesterday that ship visits and training would be increased in the Philippines and Singapore, and co-operation boosted with Vietnam and Cambodia.
In a policy-setting address to both Houses of Parliament, he also said the US commitment to South Korea would “never waver” and warned that America would take firm action against North Korea if it sent nuclear material to other states or terrorist groups. “We would hold North Korea fully accountable for the consequences of such action.”