A year on and still no reprieve? Australia, which will ease relations with China

By: Beatrice May. 05,2023

Since April, Australia's relations with China have eased. Especially after the invitation of the Australian Trade Minister to visit our country on the 20th.

It is reasonable to say that the economy should be so good, the situation is great. But on May 1, Australia published a "projection report".

A. China threat theory rehashed
According to the Australian news network, the Sydney Morning Herald reported on May 1, a top-secret war projection report exposed Australia's defense weaknesses, and the sources quoted in the report even declared in rude terms that the report showed that if China built military bases in the Solomon Islands and other nearby Pacific islands, Australia "would be finished ".

This is not an isolated case for the Australians, and even though the report was "exposed," in the end it should be the Australians echoing McCarthy's "China threat theory" again.

After all, Australia has previously released a Defense Strategic Assessment that cites our country as an adversary, which also directly mentions the "China threat.

It is reasonable to say that the sky is high and the emperor is far away, and they should be comfortable with a continent, but how can they be so glassy-eyed?

Here, I'm afraid I need to help Australia to say a "fair word".

Australia's perception of China as a "threat" reveals more of its own unease than actual concern. For our country, it is unlikely to "degenerate" to the point of treating Australia as an adversary, if not Uncle Sam as an adversary.

As a country with significant geopolitical advantages, Australia occupies an entire continent and should be confident enough in both its propaganda and actual military power.

However, Australia's reference to the Chinese threat in the National Defense Strategic Assessment reflects its intellectual insecurity and restlessness. This is mainly because Australia's military power is far inferior to China's. According to the relevant historical data, Australia's military power is far less than that of China.

According to the relevant annual data, Australia's global military power ranking is in the 30-40th place, which is indeed a large gap. In addition, although Australia has the geographical advantage, once the war starts, it will be directly scared to "collapse" because of the existence of military bases in a certain region in Oceania.

Australia's military budget, weaponry, and strength are all much less than China's.

Proportionally, Australia's military power is not comparable to China's. If there is a real "China threat", Australia's military strength may not be able to resist it.

On the other hand, the Australian government may want to expand its military budget and increase arms imports in the name of conceiving China as an "adversary". However, an increase in military power is not something that can be achieved in the short term.

Moreover, Australia's relatively small global and regional political and economic influence makes it difficult to truly change the gap with China. If excessive military expansion is implemented, it may also cause uneasiness in the region or other countries and damage its international reputation.

In fact, the "China Threat Theory" is not an isolated phenomenon, and its history can be traced back to the 1950s.

After China gained influence on the Korean peninsula, Western countries began to promote the "China threat" and other arguments in an attempt to implement containment policies. The reason for this argument can be traced back to the "Yellow Scourge Theory" that arose after the Mongol Yuan Empire swept through the country several hundred years ago.

With the rise of China's economic power, the "China threat theory" has reached a climax.

Western countries have adopted policies of alienation, blockade, and containment in an attempt to provoke unease among regional countries, even working on the "Indo-Pacific".

These actions do not take into account the fact that the Chinese people love peace.

The Chinese people's love of peace is a historical tradition.

The Chinese have a unified view of the world that is unique to the world, a view of the world that has no interest in other countries' lands or in expanding its influence globally.

What's more, as a great power, China has an equally important sense of responsibility for the maintenance of international peace. China's rise also requires stability in the international environment, so how could it be willing to break the world's prestige or subvert the international order?

But why is Australia so concerned about the establishment of a Chinese military base in the Solomon Islands?

Solomon Islands

II. The History of the Solomon Islands Military Bases
Just one year ago in 2022, also in April.

On March 28, 2022, Reuters reported that the South Pacific island nation of Solomon Islands had signed a police agreement with the Chinese government, and that a more extensive security agreement between the two countries could not be ruled out in the future.

The news was also confirmed by the Solomon Islands Police Minister at the time.

Frequent riots in Solomon Islands

The reason behind this simple exchange and cooperation was the outbreak of riots in Solomon Islands in 2021, which affected the economy and safety of the local Chinese. Since then Solomon Islands has also proposed to have our country train Solomon's police, as well as a series of infrastructure construction projects, etc.

But it is so simple that it made Australia quite nervous last year, even directly and publicly claiming that "China will affect the security of the South Pacific region", and even another member of the Five Eyes, one of the members of the Anglo-Saxon gang, who once "couldn't piss on the same pot" with Australia. New Zealand, a member of the Anglo-Saxon gang, also expressed such "concerns".

The Australian media at the time even reported the following statement by Australian domestic commentator David Llewellyn-Smith:

"The Australian government would have to invade the Solomon Islands and subvert the Solomon regime, an action that would effectively prevent Solomon from reaching a relevant security agreement with China."
Over time, it even began to wind up with infrastructure investment in an agreement with the Solomon Islands, a naval port just under 2,000 kilometers from Australia.

Llewellyn Smith even referred to this as "Australia's Cuban Missile Crisis".

To be reasonable, the Cuban Missile Crisis was a case of the Soviet Union treating the United States as an adversary, and our country would never be willing to treat Australia as an adversary.

The Cuban Missile Crisis

Afterwards, the response of Solomon's leaders and our Foreign Ministry repeatedly proved that there was no military base.

At the time, our Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin responded that this was conducted by China and Solomon Islands as sovereign states on the basis of equality and mutual benefit. It is in line with international law and is conducive to maintaining peace and stability in Solomon Islands, and also has an important positive role in regional security. Australia and New Zealand and other countries can not wear tinted glasses to view the normal cooperation between the two countries.

But as it happens, after just one year, Australia is still making a fool of itself.

On a more serious note, or a more colloquial one, Australia also sees itself as too important 

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