Author: charles koon
Date: 03-29-12 22:39
Here are two letters to SMH editor of opposing opinions:
David Sargent Castle Hill
I find Mr Moo's letter (March 29) astonishing. Is he suggesting that the Australian Prime Minister should publicly admit that, yes indeed, Chinese concerns about the Australia-US alliance (as expressed by an anonymous ''high ranking official'') are valid and Australia should promptly send a note of apology to Beijing?
And why can't Ms Gillard, as Prime Minister, openly dismiss remarks of officials of other countries when those remarks are clearly not expressed with (nor could they be so expected) the interests of this country in mind?
China will always, and rightly so, consider as predominant its own national interests. This country should do the same. Australia only trades with China, it is not its vassal. As for the one expert's opinion that all is well in the Australia-China relationship, well, I am sure there will be 10 others who disagree, but that's what experts do: all care taken but no responsibility accepted. That's why they are called experts.
Joseph Veneziano Bondi Junction
Julia Gillard and the ALP are playing a stupid, dangerous game by allowing US troops and now possibly US drones to be based on Australian soil (''US military eyes Cocos Islands as a future Indian Ocean spy base'', March 28). What next, US nuclear weapons? No doubt this is the provocation that caused North Korea to now aim test missiles at Australia. The greatest security for Australia is more military self-reliance and putting some distance between US aggression and us. Why should US taxpayers finance Australian defence? They are trillions of dollars in debt and could easily turn around one day and say you're on your own.
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