US to send 2,500 Marines to Australia

Australia has agreed to host a full US Marine task force in the coming years, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced at a news conference with US President Barack Obama in Canberra.

She said about 250 US Marines would arrive next year, eventually being built up to 2,500 personnel.

The deployment is being seen as a move to counter China‘s growing influence.

But Mr Obama said the US was “stepping up its commitment to the entire Asia-Pacific“, not excluding China.

“The main message that I’ve said, not only publicly but also privately to China, is that with their rise comes increased responsibility,” he said.

“It is important for them to play by the rules of the road.”

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin questioned whether the move was in keeping with the region’s peaceful development.

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2 thoughts on “US to send 2,500 Marines to Australia

  1. This action further exemplifies the fact that we have a complete idiot as Commander in Chief.
    Australia is a socialist state.
    Private gun ownership is not allowed to my knowledge.
    I heard that he fell all over himself when meeting the PM.

  2. Why do we continue to try to be the world’s police? Why do we have to get involved in every disagreement? I never understood that.

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