THE Australian government is in lockstep with the USA in asserting the right to freedom of navigation under international maritime law, even though the USA has not ratified the relevant United Nations Convention on the law of the sea.
Our government has also stated that it accepts the right of other countries to exercise freedom of navigation in waters adjacent to Australian shores.
We can therefore expect to see a procession of ships, submarines and aircraft from China, Russia, North Korea and Indonesia 22 kilometres from our beaches.
We should be no more alarmed at such sights than the residents of those countries should be disturbed by the sight of such visitations from the Australian and US militaries.
The “coalition of the willing” has not won a war for more than 70 years, even though most of its enemies did not possess ships, submarines or aircraft.
Do not let this worry you, let’s just roll the dice, spend a few hundred million more dollars that we don’t have on the military and go all the way with Trump. What could possibly go wrong?
— Dennis Tonevi