Last week, India and Australia joined together in a defense agreement to counter Communist China’s growing military imperialism and aggression in the region. Both countries elevated their ties to a “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership” at a summit between Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi.
The military logistics pact, signed as part of this partnership, gives the Indian Navy “a strategic access deep into the Indo-Pacific region,” The Times of India newspaper reported. The agreement gives “reciprocal access to each nation’s respective military bases,” Japanese newspaper The Nikkei explained.
Communist China is the common enemy of all civilized nations on Earth, and it’s a direct threat to its neighbors and former trading partners such as India and Australia. Last week, Chinese troops crossed the Indian border and fortified positions along the Himalayan frontier, reigniting a 60 year-old conflict. They do it because, without these alliances, they feel that they can get away with it.
The larger nations in the Pacific and Indian Oceans who are capable of defending themselves against Communist Chinese aggression, the US, Japan, India, and Australia need to form the framework of the bulwark. Recently the Philippines signaled a change in posture, asking in – to the defense network against China.
Australia is one of the few U.S. allies openly standing up to China in the region. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been calling for an independent inquiry into Beijing’s handling of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. “Now, it would seem entirely reasonable and sensible that the world would want to have an independent assessment of how this all occurred, so we can learn the lessons and prevent it from happening again,” Morrison said on April 29.
China responded to this demand by threatening to boycott Australian goods. Beijing has also been waging a trade war with the country, imposing crippling 80 percent tariffs on Australian grain exports.
As Australia distances itself from China, New Zealand has moved to join China in a “better red than dead” move.