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Former Defense Force Chief Warns Australia Against Catastrophe

The Australian Defence Force’s former chief says it is just time before Australia will be attacked and we must be concerned about rising tension in the Asia-Pacific region.

Retired Admiral Chris Barrie was cited in an analysis by the ABC, told that Australia is rushing headlong into a catastrophe and we are utterly unaware, the time bomb is ticking, and it will explode in our existences.

He discussed there were many points of tension in the region like China’s building of artificial islands in the South China Sea.,An America’s naval patrols in the South China Sea, a US defense bill regarding Taiwan.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of a large annual defense bill that would expand exchanges with Taiwan.

China considers democratic Taiwan to be a province and has never abandoned the use of force to bring the island under its control.

The United States has no formal ties with Taiwan but is forced by law to help it defend, and the US is also the main source of Taiwan’s military equipment.

The article defined the region as a  “tinderbox” poised to sink into war.

Mr. Barrie said, a miscalculation or misunderstanding could tip us over the edge, countries would be strengthened into corners and we have no way right now of talking our way out.

But Ashley Townshend – a research fellow at the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre – told of another chance.
It all depends on the weak balance of power that maintains the region’s establishment.

He recognized with the admiral’s observations that misunderstandings among the major powers could be harmful, but noted significant steps had been taken in the past few years to manage some of the risks.

He said, there is a clear and sustained strategic competition taking place between the US and China in our backyard.

He added that the US and China, have a number of military-to- military confidence-building measures that are made to decrease the chance of an accidental clash between fighter aircraft or warships in the open area. The disagreements in the East and South China Seas, on the Korean Peninsula and within the US and China more broadly will all continue to create friction.

While war is one example, he argued it’s also entirely probable the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific region will shift smoothly over time.

If both countries remained risk opposed, there could be a continuous decrease in American strategic influence with a rise in Chinese geopolitical weight.

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