“I heard a suggestion that India could invite and train with US military forces in its mountains. In addition, it would be useful for Indian forces to train with Australia in the Pacific. The more you train together, the better we will fight, together.
In this edition of “Indo-Pacific: Behind the Headlines,” we chat with Lincoln Parker about China, Australia, and the recently launched Australia, United Kingdom, United States (AUKUS) Security Partnership. announcement.
Mr. Parker is part of the Australian New South Wales Defense Innovation Network and is Chairman of the Defense and National Security Policy Branch of the Australian Liberal Party. He appears regularly on Sky News Australia as a commentator on defense and political issues. He mentioned Sydney.
Q: Australia has been brutally targeted economically by China. How has this affected Australia’s strategic positioning? What can we do about it?
A: Communist China is a brute. They thought they could bring Australia to its knees by intimidating, shouting, using trade and cyber warfare to bend us to their will. They have used coercion, theft, bribery and intimidation and I thank them for that. It awakened the Australian public to the true nature of the Chinese Communist regime and hardened our will.
They have clearly underestimated the spirit and character of Australia (at least under this government) and we are now working to counter their influence in Australia and our region. Sadly, New Zealand has preferred riches to principles on the Communist China side over their Australian cousins, which is both disappointing and a threat to our national security.
We will have to talk quietly with the New Zealand Labor government.
Q: How important is UKUS to Australia?
A: The Australia-UK-US Trilateral Security Partnership (AUKUS) is the most important military partnership Australia has ever signed amid the growing threat from Communist China. Not only will the partnership provide Australia with much-needed military capabilities, from nuclear propulsion for future submarines to cyber and quantum technologies, it shows our partners are backing us. It is also an important reminder not only to China but to the region that the United States and United Kingdom are committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific.
For Australians, whose population is equal to that of Taiwan, it is heartwarming to hear Uncle Sam and the old motherland say: we are by your side, we support you.
Loyalty is perhaps our most endearing and enduring quality. Australians have fought and died in every conflict involving the UK and / or the US since our federation in 1901.
We always told our mates, you can count on us. And we saved it.
This message will resonate not only with us, but also with our allies across the Indo-Pacific to India, Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia and even the Pacific Islands.
Q: How does this affect things in the short, medium and long term?
A: In the short term, AUKUS offers more than just reassurance, as I described above. Yes, the nuclear powered submarines we are building will not be operational until around 2040. However, this is more than just symbolic as Greg Sheridan argues in The Australian on September 18th. The partnership also provides a collaborative framework for our three countries to cooperate on a wide range of sensitive military technologies, including capabilities such as artificial intelligence, cyber warfare, underwater capabilities and long-range strike capabilities. .
Trilateral collaborations in these technological areas can begin immediately and already are. The NSW Defense Innovation Network, where I work, is already actively engaged with US military science and technology agencies collaborating on military technology that will provide our defense forces with world-class capabilities.
It is more than symbolic. It’s real and it’s deadly.
Q: Will it be affected by changes in administration?
A: Not in the US or UK. I am concerned that if an Australian Labor Party seizes power it could either cancel or simply conduct reviews to slow progress. I am not a one-eyed Liberal Party supporter, but I am concerned about the form of the Labor Party, its engagement with the Greens, its antipathy to the military, but above all its public statements about engagement and l appeasement of Communist China.
Labor Party policy is heavily influenced by its elders such as former prime ministers Paul Keating, Kevin Rudd and other influential figures such as former Victorian prime minister John Brumby (former chairman of the Australian China Business Council). And let’s not forget the current Victorian Prime Minister Dan Andrews, who has joined the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative.
Paul Keating has incredibly declared that AUKUS will lead to a “further dramatic loss” of the nation’s sovereignty. Taking the queues of his Chinese masters, his sour tongue couldn’t help it and he had to resort to insulting the United States. “If the US military couldn’t beat a group of Taliban rebels with AK47 rifles in pickup trucks, what chance would it have in an all-out war against China, not only the world’s largest state but the commander and occupier of Asia’s largest landmass? ”he asked.
The United States is a vibrant, free and open democracy that has stood with Australia for many years. General Douglas MacArthur and the United States Army came to our aid during World War II, repelling Japan from invading Australia. Many young American servicemen were killed in the defense of Australia.
Paul Keating wouldn’t be here without the United States. The Australian Labor Party must expel him. He can live in Beijing and stop influencing his party.
Q: How important is Taiwan to Australian security?
A: Very. Not only is Taiwan a free and vibrant democracy of 25 million people, it is a shining example of what China could become if the Communists were eliminated. And that is precisely why the Communists want to crush them.
Militarily, Taiwan is crucial for Australia and the rest of the Indo-Pacific. This would provide China with a great base from which to easily access the Western Pacific, confront the United States, Australia and other free nations, harass, coerce, intimidate, and possibly control the Western Pacific.
If we want to remain free, democratic and sovereign, we must defend Taiwan.
Q: Why does China have such a large consulate in Adelaide? Anyone else there such an important representation?
A: Speaking on Sky News Australia recently with Chris Smith, I brought up the fact that China has opened a massive “consulate” in Adelaide when only two other countries have representation in this very small and remote city; Italy and Greece (which have one to two people). Adelaide is where we build ships and submarines, have large test beaches (Woomera), and host our Department of Defense Science and Technology Group (DSTG).
It also has the best wines in the world, on which China unilaterally imposed crippling tariffs (among other products), which ended exports. The consulate is not interested in trade.
Neither the United States nor the United Kingdom has a consulate in Adelaide.
The huge Chinese Consulate in Adelaide is nothing more than a spy base and, like the Chinese Consulate in Houston, must be closed.
Q: What would you like to see come out of the next Quad meeting?
A: Take action. Gone are the days of talks and cocktails. China is just as big a threat to India and Japan as it is to Australia and the United States. More joint training exercises on sea, air and land, but also including coordination in the areas of space, cyber warfare and information warfare, would be positive.
Think of the Quad as a newly formed rugby team. We have to learn to communicate, to organize plays, to work together, to know what each one will do under stress and to react accordingly. We all study the opposition together and know what our games should be.
I heard a suggestion that India could invite and train with US military forces in its mountains. In addition, it would be useful for Indian forces to train with us in the Pacific. The more you train together, the better we will fight, together.
It will also send a strong message to the region, including the Pacific Islands.
Q: How do you see Australia / India relations evolving?
A: I never really understood why Australia is not closer to India. We’re friends, but I think we could be really close friends. Australians have always loved India.
We admire your cricket prowess, your amazing food, your kind people and your dedicated and skilled military. We understand that India is a large and powerful democracy which is fiercely independent. But at the end of the day, everyone needs companions.
We are your companions.
Cleo Paskal is the Non-Resident Principal Researcher for the Indo-Pacific at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and Special Correspondent for The Sunday Guardian.