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Issue #1880      August 7, 2019

Editorial

Needed: A new foreign policy

There are plans for a US missile base in Darwin, part of the ongoing militarisation of Australia’s north in preparation for an attack on China: these plans have seen the north increasingly occupied by foreign forces from the USA. Australian governments’ subservience to the US has been a history of Australian military involvements in a string of destructive, criminal conflicts going back historically to the end of WW2.

The defeat of the Nazis and the Japanese militarists and the huge boost given to the prestige of the Soviet Union and socialism as a result of its main contribution in World War II led to very significant changes worldwide. Revolutions took place in a number of other European and Asian countries.

The Chinese Revolution was victorious and established the People’s Republic of China in 1949. The Vietnamese took up arms against French colonialism, Indonesia threw out the Dutch, the British were forced to concede independence to India. In the post-war period the former colonial world all but collapsed.

The Australian government and ruling class turned to the United States and in the post-war period the ANZUS treaty was entered into.

Australia was also a member of the ill-fated South East Asia Treaty Organisation (SEATO) which was nothing other than an attempt by the US and other imperialist powers to shore up the collapsing colonial regimes.

The US had become the most powerful imperialist power having profited by World War II while the power of Britain, the Dutch and Portuguese declined markedly.

The US was able to maintain a toehold by occupying South Korea – where US troops are still to be found. The anti-socialism of Australia’s foreign policy remains its basic element and as a junior partner of the US, Australian governments are hard at work to assist the United States achieve its objective of world domination and the re-imposition of colonial status for all the countries of Asia.

The recent Tandem Thrust military and naval exercises in north Queensland practiced the landing of invading forces on other countries’ beaches. The exercises were not about protecting Australian beaches from an invading force for the very good reason that no country threatens Australia.

The United States, as the band-master of the imperialist powers in the Pacific, has knocked together a political and military network intended to contain the increasing economic might of the Asian countries taken collectively and also, they hope, to overthrow the governments of China, Vietnam and North Korea.

Despite the military defeats in Korea and Vietnam, the Australian ruling class is still thinking about and preparing for wars – with its master the US – against other countries.

It is a policy of hostility and will inevitably fail. It is already failing.

The Asian region has become the world’s fastest growing economic region. Within around 20 years China’s economy will exceed that of the US. Asia has already become the largest economic region in the world and will not be pushed around. Its military strength will also be built up unless threats against Asian countries are abandoned.

Independent economic and political structures of Asian countries are growing stronger. The name of the game is world domination for the US (with Australia playing a lackey role) and the preservation of capitalism in a world where economic and political storms are growing rapidly in many countries.

Australia needs an entirely different foreign policy. In the first place, it should be a policy which looks after the interests of the Australian people, recognising that we are an Asian-Pacific nation.

To be independent means to terminate the Australia-US Security agreement, to remove the American bases from Australian territory and to end offensive military and naval manoeuvres directed against Asian-Pacific countries.

Relations must be based on equality, mutual benefit, non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries and acceptance of the right of all countries to adopt their chosen social system.

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