Local Outcast Warns Global Superpower

Friday, July 6, 2007

The map below depicts how the world would look if country land masses were proportional to their populations.  In this context, the following news item in today’s FT seems even more ridiculous-

Australia TN

…..The pace and scope of China’s military modernisation could create “misunderstanding and instability” in the Asia-Pacific region, Australia has warned in one of Canberra’s toughest public statements yet on Beijing’s growing strategic ambitions.  In a defence policy blueprint released Thursday by John Howard, prime minister, Canberra also highlights Australia’s strengthening military ties with Japan and warns that the strategic competition between the US and China needs to be carefully managed for the good of the Asia-Pacific region…..It warns against a change in the regional status quo, saying: “As China and India grow, and the United States re-balances its global commitments, power relations will change, and as this happens there is always a possibility of strategic miscalculation.”…..

Wow, I guess these guys’ve been floating around in the middle of nowhere for so long that they’ve lost touch with reality.  Memo from the Rest Of The World to Oz-Land political types : Let the big boys handle their own business, MATES.  Just keep the coal comin’. 

Reference : http://www.ft.com/cms/s/6a057a8c-2afe-11dc-85f9-000b5df10621.html

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