January 17, 2016
Analysts indicate US hopes Australia buys the Soryu
An earlier meeting of Prime Minister Turnbull and President Obama, This was at the APEC Meeting in Manila in mid November 2015 where Obama unexpectedly invited Prime Minister Turnbull to Washington tomorrow (on January 18, 2016) (Photo courtesy AAP via SBS Australia).
In the influential US National Interest website American academic and policy analyst Micheal J. Green and Australian academic and policy analyst Andrew Shearer have written an excellent analysis of January 17, 2016. This is concerning Australian Prime Minister Turnbull’s visit to Washington on January 18, 2016. Washington DC is 16 hours behind Sydney time - so a 3pm meeting in Washington (Jan 18) might only be reported Sydney time around 8 or 9 am Tuesday (Jan 19)! Parts of their analysis, most relevant to Submarine Matters, include the following. I have bolded the submarine part:
"On Monday, Australia’s new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull makes his first official visit to Washington, D.C.
…The Australian government supported the recent U.S. freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea, and recently a Royal Australian Air Force plane flew through contested maritime territory. Yet the administration was blindsided by news that a Chinese company would be given a long-term lease over strategically important commercial port facilities used by the U.S. military in Darwin; according to American officials, the matter was not raised by the Australian side at ministerial talks that took place immediately before the deal was announced.
…Another area the leaders should discuss is how Australia and the United States can work more closely with Japan in light of Prime Minister Abe’s recently passed security reforms. The three countries have a track record of close cooperation—for example, in stabilization operations in East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq, in responding to natural disasters such as the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami and in shaping regional institutions. But the relaxation of constraints on the Japanese military’s right to exercise collective self-defense, and on the export of Japanese defense technology and equipment, opens up significant opportunities to strengthen trilateral security cooperation and the ability of the three militaries to operate together.
Posted by Peter Coates