FAST FIVE: Australia To Sign Military Pact With US Ally Japan Amid Spiraling China Tensions
Australia To Sign Military Pact With US Ally Japan Amid Spiraling China Tensions Tyler Durden Wed, 12/02/2020 – 23:20 Australia is using its formative military alliances as the only leverage it has in the worsening trade spat with China which has grown into a full-blown crisis for Aussie commodities exports.
It also comes after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to India and southeast Asian countries last month seeking to shore up coordinated regional resistance against Chinese economic and military influence and hegemony.
Assuming the deal when signed gets successfully approved by Japan's parliament it would mark the first time since WWII that Tokyo formally and willingly approved of inviting foreign troops to operate on its soil.
Previously Japan's prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, said it would be toward the two regional militaries cooperation for “a free and open Indo-Pacific,” according to Kyodo news.
Meanwhile a bizarre tweet from the US National Security Council after China slapped import taxes of up to 212.1% on Australian wines, which took effect last Saturday and has made Aussie wines basically unsellable in China: Australian wine will be featured at a White House holiday reception this week.