Wednesday 26 April 2017

Obama to base troops in Australia

US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk towards Air Force One
at Joint Base Andrews in Washington before departing for California yesterday.
US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk towards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Washington before departing for California yesterday.

Jonathan Pearlman in Sydney

THE United States is planning to base troops permanently in Australia amid concerns about the threat of China's growing military reach across the region.

President Barack Obama is expected to disclose plans to station about 500 to 1,000 marines at a barracks in Darwin and to expand the US navy's use of bases at the Northern Territory capital and in Perth in Western Australia.

He will make the announcement in Australia next week during a Pacific trip, which includes visits to Hawaii and Indonesia, designed to assert America's commitment to the Asia-Pacific region.

The bases would be beyond the expanding range of new Chinese missiles, which can reach the main US Pacific bases on Okinawa island in Japan and the small island territory of Guam, east of the Philippines. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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