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US is all in a “Pacific power”, Obama tells Australia (and China)

Thursday, November 17th 2011 - 07:20 UTC
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President Barack Obama said that the Asia-Pacific region will play a key role in defining the world's future. “The United States is a Pacific power, and we are here to stay,” he stated in a speech to the Australian Parliament, sending a clear message to Beijing. Read full article


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  • briton

    The Americans have been warning the Europeans that they would move to the pacific, even the experts warned them, that America would move heavily into the pacific,
    And that the Europeans would have to defend themselves, as they should have been doing in the first place, instead of relying on the Americans more and more, while reducing their own military,

    Great Britain said at the time, they would keep the status quoe, but failed to do this, with the destruction of the latest ships / planes / tanks . /men, we reap what we sow,
    If Europe descends into ?????? then the British will have to get Cameron off his bum, and force him to make a stand, Britain , stays in, and goes with them,
    Or withdraw us, and let us restart again, and leave them to it, the American just cant waste any more time with fools who wont make their mind up,
    Good on America, Justa thought .

    Nov 17th, 2011 - 06:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • MarkWhelan

    It would be good to see the USA as a Strategic Partner with the Western Pacific region. But the big bully attitude has some worried. New Zealand lets US Ships in only since they agreed to inform the NZ Govt know if any nuclear materials were aboard. NZ has a Nuclear Free Policy. Australia has signed a Pact condemning cluster bombs. Some in Australia have concerns about the possible transport to and storage of these weapons on Australian soil. Vietnam will have doubts about US intention for many years to come. ANZUS can only be strengthened by this move.

    Nov 17th, 2011 - 06:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    perhaps one day, the royal navy will grow again and we will see more of them, rather than less .

    Nov 17th, 2011 - 07:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    Australia is now part of the American Commonwealth.
    Did Obama ask the Queen for permission? :-)

    Nov 17th, 2011 - 07:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    dont be silly, now marcos,

    Nov 17th, 2011 - 07:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    3 briton “perhaps one day, the royal navy will grow again”

    Don't be silly, now Briton.

    Nov 17th, 2011 - 07:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    2020, powerfull, but fewer,
    we need to grow to help bring stability to the free world.

    Nov 17th, 2011 - 07:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    By 2020 the new name will be Broketannia.

    Nov 17th, 2011 - 07:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frank

    @4 you foolish boy Marcos, Australia has relied on the US as their primary defence partner for the last 70 years. ...

    Nov 17th, 2011 - 07:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • xbarilox

    @ 1 you've made a real good comment briton.

    Nov 17th, 2011 - 08:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    thank you.

    Nov 17th, 2011 - 09:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Yuleno

    If xbarilox agrees with Briton,it's got to be a stupid remark.and of course it is.the UK is nothing without the yanks if its aggressive talk is to be anything but talk.luckily for the world china is not interested in expansion into Europe or America but increases it ability to defend itself against is capitalism that must expand continuously and uses military spending to do would sound more realistic if the USA and America increase trade rather than stick out their chest and look to make out that acountry with no foreign bases is threatening them.

    Nov 17th, 2011 - 09:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • MarkWhelan

    I am sure the USA would like to trade a couple of bombs with Venezuela.
    Yankee trade

    Nov 17th, 2011 - 09:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    12 Yuleno sticks and stones

    Nov 17th, 2011 - 10:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • xbarilox

    @ 12 In English please and don't get nervous, you make horrific mistakes. You're still angry at me because I kicked your girly b*tt last time, and I'm still doing it :) England has been on this planet for more than a millenium, and has been through a lot worse than a financial crisis, so don't get all excited thinking about England disappearing. In many many ways England has shaped this world, including a huge part of our Argentinian culture has its roots on England, like it or not.

    Nov 17th, 2011 - 10:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Fido Dido

    And who is going to pay for that base? Ahh yes, let's print more money and put austerity measures on the people. brilliant (bah)

    ”The United States is a Pacific power, and we are here to stay,”

    meaning, we fear China that is overtaking us and since they don't buy our F''ing worthless T-bills anymore, we (Patty O'bongo the nobel peace prize winner and his pirate gang) got to do something about that.

    Nov 18th, 2011 - 02:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Yuleno

    13# I'm sure you think so but nowadays you cant .you need support to do it. #14 nothing constructive about yankee posturing. #15 I'm sure you believe god made England first USA second etc but he didn't but you laughing therapy is certainly lifting my spirits. Thank you. Do you think it would be a good signal for world trade if france had a military base in australia.would that realign the world economy or just give us all a laugh and make all the fears of collapse go away?

    Nov 18th, 2011 - 08:41 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    ha ha mmmmm
    If France could have a base in Australia she probably would,
    as for the man upstairs, he might have made the British isles first, but not England, but I’m of the thought that nature over millions of years made the earth, and evolution probably created man,
    Man walked the earth to explore, probably on the run from argie descendents , landed in these islands, the ice receded, leaving the channel [just in time]
    And they declared, this land, great, and we l will name it Britannica,
    Thus the modern great Britain,
    mmmmm well, it sounds interesting, just a thought .

    Nov 18th, 2011 - 08:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Yuleno

    Very funny Briton.I think you might be right.just thought.but tell me,why cant france have a base in Australia,do you not think it could increase world trade.

    Nov 18th, 2011 - 09:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    , Well put it this way
    France can have a base in Australia, but the Australians probably don’t want them,to
    Would it increase world trade [ nope] not one little bit,

    You did not like my theory of evolution
    They recon that 13,1/2 thousand years ago,
    People from the Siberian region cross the ice, entered the Americas
    And over thousands of years, slowly made their way down the peninsular, down to chile, and then across, to the east, [honest]
    In the 1480s a European nation came across from Spain to these South American lands,
    And the rest is history,, interesting,

    Nov 18th, 2011 - 10:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Yuleno

    That's one description of an aspect of the story of leaves out the Euphrates ,Africa,china,etc.when do you intend to add these events to the picture you realise I'm sure they have an impact on the world today and in the 15th cent?

    Nov 19th, 2011 - 09:21 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frank

    The French have military assets in New Caledonia and Tahiti.......

    Mind you they could claim Australia... they did raise a flag on King Island once upon a time.....

    Nov 19th, 2011 - 01:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Yuleno

    #22 but have the yanks raise one in Australia before and why now.are they not raising tensions in the Asia-pacific or increasing trade?

    Nov 19th, 2011 - 05:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frank

    @23 the merkins have been carrying out *big* joint exercises in northern Australia for many years. Why now? I don't know but it is unusual for an Australian Labour government to get so cosy with them. Likewise the approval of uranium sales to India is very much against the old Labour Party philosophy.
    Maybe they need an increased american presence to protect them from a nuclear armed India??

    Nov 19th, 2011 - 06:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Yuleno

    Why would india attack Australia.uranium has other uses and the yanks could take other measures to address that threatening trade sanctions as they do in other instances.I personally belief it is to address china's policy to regain it's territory which was taken by colonial powers in the past.

    Nov 19th, 2011 - 07:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    21 Yuleno
    Euphrates ,Africa,china,etc.when do you intend to add these events to the picture Briton.
    Actually I was watching the natural history channel.
    They were trying to find out when and where they crossed to the Americas,
    So only one part,
    As for the rest, as they keep changing the history,
    They now recon, that Euphrates, may where it started,
    But also another tribe in southern Africa,
    What is interesting, is that they now think that the Chinese are of a different peoples,
    And is why they are so different today, in their outlook history and decent,
    How does this effect things today,
    China is a growing power, not yet military, but capable, the Americans fear the rise, and their intensions,
    India fears china, and Pakistan, the Americans wish their influence in the pacific is not challenged in anyway, hence the presents of American military in Australia, and soon you will see American presents in the Philippines as well, and their slow decline in Europe,
    The world is changing very fast, and fate is taking a hand,

    Nov 19th, 2011 - 08:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Yuleno

    Yes interesting especially how straight forward you have it sound.I mean not just interesting but we don't need to think about any use of force.USA presence is not the problem then it's not accepting the inevitable?

    Nov 19th, 2011 - 09:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frank

    25 Yuleno ' Why would india attack Australia'

    That was tongue in cheek....

    However the US has been a Pacific power since Parry opened up trade with Japan...

    Nov 19th, 2011 - 09:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    but fate may play apert, [whyalways fate]
    it just seems that theirs a fly in every soup,
    in this case, Iran,or Syria, or even Pakistan,
    one has nuks and is very unstable, and had 3 wars with India,
    one wants nuks , to obliterate israel,
    and the other is in the proses of a poss civil war,

    Nov 20th, 2011 - 01:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Yuleno

    And now it expands it's presence to improve trade relations?or is it to interfere in relationships of other nations.are we to pretend that the action is a friendly and welcome action in the Asia/pacific region,when it is quite clearly part of a programme of actions aimed at china?

    Nov 20th, 2011 - 09:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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