The AUKUS treaty looks like a way for the US to funnel money out of Australia and make us look like we have a formidable Navy. We will basically be isolating ourselves in our own region just as the UK has done in theirs. On the surface, it looks like a good idea but when you dig a little deeper and look at the historic evidence of Chinese aggression for example you realise we are now happy to play the part of the aggressor in place of the US and UK. The reasons why this is a bad idea are pretty obvious. A cold war mentality in a largely stable and peaceful region. Loss of trade with our neighbours, not only China. Also, it turns us into the bad guy of the region. My own opinion of this treaty is that it won’t eventuate into anything it is aiming to be. Yet it will cost Australia a lot of money anyway. This treaty will only force China’s hand. Also, who knows who China will find to help in a pushback? I don’t think Australia will be able to take the heat. What would we do if suddenly we had the Russian Navy patrolling the Pacific Ocean?
There is hope in the Australian government that we can reset our trade partnerships through these types of treaties. Will this eventuate? Can we trust the US to give us the same kind of trade levels as we once had with China? Well, we will see what plays out in the next few years. I don’t think Australia will be able to do a full reset that will compare. This is the path the government has chosen. It is a bad decision based on poor judgement. They will try to make it look good because the current government is all spin and has no substance.