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Chinese Official Tells Australia: “It’s us or America.”

by Philip Wen, TheAge.com.au:

Australia cannot juggle its relationships with the United States and China indefinitely and must choose a ”godfather” to protect it, according to a prominent Chinese defense strategist.

The warning by Song Xiaojun, a former senior officer of the People’s Liberation Army, comes after Foreign Minister Bob Carr was told by his Chinese counterpart that Australia’s close military alliance with the US was a throwback to the Cold War era.

Senator Carr yesterday met the man expected to become China’s next premier, Li Keqiang, in Beijing. Discussions centred on more comfortable matters including furthering trade and investment and the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

But Australia’s strategic position in the Asia-Pacific region remains contentious. “Australia has to find a godfather sooner or later,” Mr Song told The Age.

“Australia always has to depend on somebody else, whether it is to be the ‘son’ of the US or ‘son’ of China,” he said. “[It] depends on who is more powerful, and based on the strategic environment.”

Read More @ TheAge.com.au

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