In a diplomatic coup, Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week announced an agreement with the United Kingdom and the United States for these Anglo-American allies to help build a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines for the ‘Australia.
A $ 66 billion French deal to supply Canberra with diesel-electric submarines, among the biggest defense contracts Paris has ever negotiated, has been canceled.
“A stab in the back!” said Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who had been kept in the dark over the secret talks. âThere was duplicity, contempt and lies. Le Drian compared President Joe Biden to former President Donald Trump.
President Emmanuel Macron recalled his ambassadors to the United States and Australia. In two centuries of US-French diplomatic relations, such a recall had never occurred.
What does this Australia First Submarine Agreement mean?
Canberra, which has sought to strike a balance between its great client China and its great ally America, is siding with the Americans in the emerging feud between the great powers.
This âAUXUSâ partnership, according to Beijing, âwill seriously undermineâ peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific, and Beijing demands to know whether Australia sees China as a âpartner or a threatâ.
This new clash comes as China uses its army to defend its claims on islands and islets hundreds of kilometers from its coast.
Several Chinese claims clash directly with the territorial claims of neighbors who are long-standing allies of the American treaties for whose territory we are committed to fighting.
China claims, for example, the Paracel and Spratly Islands and almost all rocks and reefs in the South China Sea, many of which are in the territorial waters claimed by Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, the Philippines and Taiwan.
China also claims Taiwan itself, 110 miles from its coast, as well as the neighboring Senkaku Islands, which Japan controls and for which Tokyo appears to be preparing to fight. A Sino-Japanese clash over the Senkakus, the Biden administration said, will bring the United States to Japan’s side.
In a recent interview with CNN, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said the Senkaku would be defended as Japanese national territory.
And Japan has expanded its self-defense forces, adding the latest American F-35 fighters, converting warships into aircraft carriers, and building new destroyers, submarines and missiles.
Earlier this year, Biden’s State Department said the US-Japan security treaty covers the Senkakus and our Philippines security treaty covers Manila’s claims to China’s occupied islets in the China Sea. southern.
Message: If Manila chooses to fight to reclaim its islets from Chinese occupation and control, America will fight alongside Manila.
Yet China has yet to back down from any of its claims.
He sailed warships and planes to harass American and Allied ships and planes in the South China and East China Seas and sent fleets of bombers and fighters into the airspace on the Taiwanese side of the strait. from Taiwan.
To prevent Taiwan’s independence, Beijing said it would fight.
If fighting broke out between China and the United States over these claims, the war would involve islands thousands of miles from our west coast but a few hundred miles from the Chinese coast.
Other East Asian countries are also communicating their interests and intentions through military demonstrations.
After claiming to have tested a new long-range cruise missile, North Korea last week tested two ballistic missiles. At the same time, South Korea was testing its own submarine-launched ballistic missile, becoming the first country without nuclear weapons to do so.
Last summer, it was reported that Pyongyang had restarted a reactor at its main nuclear complex in Yongbyon, suggesting that Kim Jong Un could speed up its nuclear weapons program.
And, regularly now, American planes stationed in Alaska scramble to intercept Russian military planes. This year, the number of interceptions, 14, is on track to set a record since the Cold War. In the most recent case, two Russian bombers and two fighters approached within 30 miles of the Alaskan coast.
This summer, Russian Navy ships approached within 34 miles of Hawaii.
Russian ships and planes off Alaska may respond to American warships and planes in the Black Sea.
World War II began in Europe when the British on September 3, 1939 declared war on Germany for its invasion of Poland to reclaim what Berlin claimed to be its territories, including Danzig, taken from Germany at Versailles against the will of the people of Danzig. and in violation of their right to self-determination.
If World War III breaks out between China and the United States, it will likely be for islands in Asia claimed by China, with the United States not fighting for its own territory but for the island territory of allies, probably islands in no way vital to the security of the United States.
This is how world powers often end their days as world powers, fighting unnecessary wars on behalf of other nations.
Patrick Buchanan’s column is syndicated by Creators.