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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian27 Dec 2018 10:55 p.m. PST

In November, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation event in Papua New Guinea (PNG) that the United States would partner with the Oceania state and Australia to develop a joint naval base on PNG's Manus Island. His remarks came amid talk of China extending its Belt and Road Initiative into the southern Pacific, including investing in and developing ports in PNG. Pence's announcement sparked much activity among the geopolitical commentariat, who watch closely every move by Beijing in what many consider "debt-trap diplomacy." …


Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Dec 2018 9:14 p.m. PST

Definitely something to watch, and try to counter.

Manus threatens the other, alternative sea routes for shipping that don't flow through the South China Sea to Japan, from the Middle East.

It outflanks the Philippines and Guam, and threatens Australia more directly than bases in the SCS – those can be used to deploy China's nuclear capable, long range bombers, as well as ballistic missiles.

It also permits the interdiction of flights from the Philippines, Guam, Japan, Hawaii, and the continental USA to Eastern Australia too.

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