Modern Australia was "discovered" by the British who initially used it as a human bin, depositing unwanted nationals in the country.......mostly of English and considerable Irish extraction (Anglo-Celtic nation).
The country when it achieved Dominion status and greater autonomy in the 19th century consciously attempted to be different from the mother country.
However its State security apparatus was still heavily tied to the British Empire, right up to World War II, when the vast majority of active duty Australian troops were stationed in the Middle East, to defend the empire's interests first and foremost, whereas the Imperial Japanese threat marching ever closer to Australia was neglected until 1942. Sufficient troops were not mobilized to protect Australia from the Japanese menace...even when it reached Papua New Guinea.
To this day Australia is heavily tied to British security, and the utterances and directions of the UK state plays a significant role in how Australia shapes its key security policy.
One thinks that on key security issues, Australia takes its lead from the UK and the USA....and acts as an annex to the two countries.
However Australia is physically near Asia, and increasingly a greater percentage of its trade in minerals will be done with Asian mineral hungry countries which are rapidly developing.
It makes sense for Australia to be integrated with Asia in harmony and co-existence, rather than adopt a Israel like posture, where the country is basically and fundamentally at odds with the neighborhood......awkwardly, recklessly and illogically acting as a giant military base helping to further the equally reckless and illogical ambitions of other Western nations so so far away. This does not help Australia's fundamental interests.
In 1975 Australia relaxed its immigration laws to allow non-Western people to migrate to the country for the first time, and thus a fundamental shift from its previous Euro-centric ethnic position. Australia now is a multi-cultural country, which is decidedly more "Asian".
However in security matters the old habits apply.
The British through the Cold War, and America's significant operations against the Japanese (perceived savior) tilted Australia into the orbit of the USA superpower, especially from the 1950's. There after CIA mischief in Australia ensured a long line of USA friendly PM's....and in a league of his own, John Howard, Bush neo-con mini-me.....with the possibility of Australia soon acquiring aircraft carriers, military intervention in several theaters, covert ops, a space program, daft grandiose weapons programs....................and several off limits USA military bases around the country.
The country had a purpose, finally! and the country continues to add more American military potential.
This has attracted the ire of the Chinese, who otherwise remain quiet about America's grand plan for global Full Spectrum Dominance, spelled out in the policy paper, Project For A New American Century (2000)....written by the Jewish Neo-cons.
My polite, humble observation towards the Chinese is this.
1. Why get upset with Australia, a continent and an ocean away, when the USA has been explicitly expressing its desire to further expand its existing empire, afforded by the demise of the Soviet Union, in many theaters...some decidedly closer to China...Afghanistan, Central Asia, SE Asia, and even East Asia.......Mongolia.
This will take time.
John Daly at infowars.com and original source oilprice.com
It is rare in diplomatic circles for governments to speak bluntly, particularly in the Orient, where manners are highly prized.
The exceptions to this rule are retired military officers, who are often able to voice sentiments too impolitic for other channels.
One of the more startling pronouncements in this vein occurred last week when Song Xiaojun, a former senior officer of the People’s Liberation Army, warned that Australia cannot juggle its relationships with the United States and China indefinitely and “Australia has to find a godfather sooner or later. Australia always has to depend on somebody else, whether it is to be the ‘son’ of the US or ‘son’ of China. (It) depends on who is more powerful, and based on the strategic environment.” Noting the rising importance of China as an export market Song added that Australia depended on exporting iron ore to China “to feed itself,” but “Frankly, it has not done well politically.”
What is also notable about Song’s remarks is that they coincided with Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr’s first official visit to China, where Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi urged Australia to dismiss its alliance with the United States, a decades-old bipartisan and central pillar of the nation’s foreign policy, as “the time for Cold War alliances has passed.”