D.In the Indo-Pacific region he gets the mood icy and icy. Australia is considering losing the port of Darwin, a Chinese-owned company where more U.S. troops are stationed. At the same time, top Canberra politicians are warning of the “trap” of the New Silk Road, Beijing’s most important infrastructure initiative. German Defense Minister Annegret Cramp-Karanbauer (CDU) Corona plans to promote the German and New European Indo-Pacific strategy in Asia, including the Shangri-La Dialogue Security Summit in Singapore in early June. The comments emphasize the economic importance of the region. In Singapore, the new US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III also wants to face a traditionally strong Chinese team.
Prior to that, Canberra had embarked on a new round of increasingly sharp disputes with the most important customer for natural resources. New Australian Defense Secretary Peter Dutton has warned of a war for Taiwan and said his country is “already under attack” on the Internet. Michael Bezullo, head of the civil service at the Interior Ministry, warned against “drums of war.”
Australian Major General Adam Findley was very precise when instructing special forces: Beijing was playing below the bombing range. “We will do things strategically without going to war,” China said. However, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that Findlay pointed to the “high probability” of a confrontation with China. However, Beijing publicly says, “We are all one smiling family.”
Massive expansion of fees
This includes the acquisition of infrastructure projects in Australia. Foreign Minister Marice Payne has warned that Beijing is now “buying influence.” Shortly before the G-7 summit in London, he spoke in support of “influence through openness, freedom and trade.” As widespread espionage and recent direct influence over Australia became apparent in recent years, Canberra began to defend itself – with China responding with more and more sanctions, including new tariffs on goods worth A $ 20 billion (December, 85 billion euros).
Now the government under the Prime Minister is investigating Scott Morrison The 99-year lease agreement with the Sandong Land Bridge Group for the Darwin Port in Northern Australia expired in 2015. Billionaire Ye Cheng’s company paid $ 506 million to operate. Former Commerce Secretary Andrew Rob now works as a consultant for Shandong Land Bridge. The coal port at Newcastle, Australia’s third largest port, is already 50 percent owned by China Merchants Port Holdings.
“Destruction of Friendship”
This is the second time the German government has taken action against a strategic agreement with China: the state of Victoria and the industrial city of Melbourne have blocked signing of their own agreements with the New Silk Road initiative to expand infrastructure. President Josh Friedenberg thwarted several acquisitions planned by Chinese investors. Their investment in Australia fell 61 percent to just $ 1 billion by 2020.
Security adviser Peter Jennings is often asked at the Conrad-Adinavar-Stiftung: “Economic partnership with China, which we once welcomed, is now being used by Beijing as a means of coercion and a tool of punishment.” Of China. The deputy ambassador to Canberra warned the Australians shortly before the “ruin of friendship” between the two countries. Generations of Australians will regret it.
Darwin and its borders are gaining even more strategic importance as a training ground for the region’s democracies, organized in a four – pronged alliance. In addition to the Pacific base in Guam and Okinawa, Japan, the Americans are deploying more troops there, especially to secure another base with direct access to important shipping lanes in the Pacific. This is a clear signal that Cramp-Karanbauer wants to stop their journey there. “In dealing with the Indian border and Australia, in the South China Sea, near Taiwan, Beijing shows its goal of destroying the international order and transforming it with its own dictatorial control,” says Jennings of Beijing’s Comprehensive Foreign and Economic Policy.