June 15, 2007

Chinese concerns about Security Alliance

The disquiet stems from what is perceived to be a recent change in Australian policy in accordance with what they observe, as a pattern in which both Japan and the U.S. are developing an alliance of democracies in Asia. Formal diplomatic protests have been issued due to the fear that these countries and including India were in effect, forming a security alliance.

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer and his representative, Jennifer Rawson have publicly stated that there is no threat to China however the issuing of diplomatic notes (by China) is an signal of how serious it views the changing strategic architecture in the region.

The proposal of quadrilateral alignment was initially put forward by Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier in the year, and sanctioned by U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney during a visit to Australia in February.

Already, some news media in Australia have expressed concern about any proposed security arrangements with the United States and Japan.

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