On the eve of calling a federal election, Prime Minister Scott Morrison this week took another critical step to placing Australia on the frontline of US preparations for war against China.AUKUS pact expanded to base hypersonic missiles in Australia
US, Australia criticise India over Russia talks as Lavrov visits Delhi [They even have Britain and the QUAD going after India]
Not seeking to change India-Russia ties: US on Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov’s New Delhi visit [Liar-They are trying to change their ties!]
U.S. warns India, others against sharp rise in Russian oil imports [Archived due to paywall]
“Freedom” to do as the US says (rules-based order, not international law). Modi after Pakistan?!
The Solomon Islands, a sovereign country in the Pacific, broke ties with Taiwan and allied with China. So the US backed a failed violent coup attempt. Australia now calls the area its “backyard,” and media moguls demand an invasion to prevent the nation from signing a security pact with Beijing.New cold war neocolonialism: West threatens Solomon Islands over China alliance
By Paul Antonopoulos | March 18, 2022
Australia will become the second home for US and British nuclear submarines, meaning that the island country will effectively become a nuclear staging ground aimed at challenging China in the Asia-Pacific region. In this way, AUKUS – a trilateral security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, provokes increased confrontation with China.AUKUS to bolster combat capabilities of nuclear submarine fleet to challenge China
External pressures were a “very big … influence. I don’t want to name names. We’ll leave it there,” Sogavare told Australian Broadcasting Corp.
China, meanwhile, expressed concern about recent attacks on some Chinese citizens and institutions, without providing details.
Honiara’s Chinatown has reportedly been hard hit by arsonists and looters.
Local media reported that many of the protesters were from Malaita, whose premier, Daniel Suidani, has been at odds with Sogavare, whom he accuses of being too close to Beijing.
Malaita Premier Daniel Suidani told Reuters the United States would develop a port and supporting infrastructure at Bina Harbour, on the west of the island.
He said the province did not recognize the change in ties to Beijing, and he wanted the United States and its regional allies, including Australia, to push back against any unauthorized development or fishing in its waters.
The province has emerged as an important ally to Washington as the rest of the archipelago starts to work more closely with Beijing.
ANDREI MARTYANOV is an expert on Russian military and naval issues. He was born in Baku, USSR in 1963. He graduated from the Kirov Naval Red Banner Academy and served as an officer on the ships and staff position of Soviet Coast Guard through 1990. He took part in the events in the Caucasus which led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. In mid-1990s he moved to the United States where he currently works as Laboratory Director in a commercial aerospace group. He is a frequent blogger on the US Naval Institute Blog. He is author of Losing Military Supremacy, The (Real) Revolution in Military Affairs, and Disintegration: Indicators of the Coming American Collapse.Source.