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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Sep 2018 3:05 p.m. PST

"For Australian policymakers, the security advantages of the Antarctic Treaty would seem to be hiding in plain sight. The luxury of a secure, demilitarised southern neighbourhood saves us a great deal of money and kit. But it has also spared Australian governments from giving Antarctica much thought.

So, as China increased its Antarctic activities over the past decade, there's been a lack of steady, substantial funding for Australian engagement in the treaty system, which is run by consensus by scientifically active states. Although a new vessel, year-round runway and Antarctic aviation have been approved, Australian governments still need to stump up the bulk of the funding.

Perhaps to catch the attention of policymakers, Australian strategists have mostly worried about whether China might challenge the sovereignty of the Australian Antarctic Territory (AAT). That's despite the AAT having a very odd, limited sovereignty, which is recognised by only a handful of other claimants. Australia can't apply its laws to other nationalities in the AAT or deny access to other states for legitimate scientific activities…."
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FoxtrotPapaRomeo20 Sep 2018 3:30 p.m. PST

Tango, Any Antarctic claims, including Argentinas, are equally vulnerable. China has a long history of snubbing conventions and prior ownership when it wants something.

Oberlindes Sol LIC20 Sep 2018 4:33 p.m. PST

I assume that China wants access to the ancient underground city hidden beneath the central mountain range. Ever since they got a copy of Urbano Montey's 1587 map of ice-free Antarctica, China has been itching to find riches.

Of course, we know what they're going to find:

At the time his shrieks were confined to the repetition of a single mad word of all too obvious source:
"Tekeli-li! Tekeli-li!"

Lion in the Stars20 Sep 2018 4:52 p.m. PST

Ia-ia Cthulhu ftangh! evil grin

Stryderg20 Sep 2018 5:33 p.m. PST

I figured they were looking for the second stargate. But they are too late for that. Maybe they want to find Hitler's secret lair? Or, they want to corner the market on penguin, I hear that they are really tasty on the BBQ.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Sep 2018 7:59 p.m. PST

I'm sure it's part of their South China Sea "lake" as well, and they're just waiting for the opportune time to claim that too.

Personal logo 28mm Fanatik Supporting Member of TMP20 Sep 2018 10:09 p.m. PST

It seems like everybody is interested in Antarctica: America, Russia and now China. You'd think it's the flashpoint for WWIII.

Cyrus the Great20 Sep 2018 10:23 p.m. PST

Here's the cover story, but what was he really doing there?


Firming up our alliance with the alien greys.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Sep 2018 10:41 a.m. PST



Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Sep 2018 1:09 p.m. PST

I thought the Arctic was for that.

microgeorge21 Sep 2018 4:32 p.m. PST

Two words: No Good.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2018 11:27 a.m. PST



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