US to Station Troops in Australia, Reasserting Presence in Pacific

Thursday, November 17, 2011

President Barack Obama speaks at the Joint Media Conference with Australian PM Julia Gillard. (Stefan Postles/Getty)

During a visit to Australian on Wednesday, President Obama announced that 2,500 U.S. troops will be sent to the country to boost security in the Pacific region. The move is seen as a strategy to counter China's increased influence. He spoke strongly on China's rising responsibilities and the U.S. perspective on its growing strength. China responded by saying that it "may not be quite appropriate" to expand U.S. military in the region.

Dr. Zhiqun Zhu is associate professor of political science and international relations at Bucknell University and the MacArthur chair of East Asian politics. He talks about the changing relationship between the U.S. and China. Nick Bryant, BBC correspondent based in Sydney, reports on the latest from Obama's visit.


Nick Bryant and Dr. Zhiqun Zhu

Produced by:

Susie Warhurst

Comments [3]

Angel from Miami, FL

I agree with "listener", 2500 [US] soldiers in Taiwan would really mean something... War. Folks of his ilk often contradict themselves with comments like his and general prove that people who want war are rarely the people who have to go to war. But perhaps I'm mistaken. Maybe "listener" is just looking at this as a way to create jobs for young Americans.

Nov. 17 2011 10:06 AM

Is the massive cuts in defense spending "symbolic and philosophical" along with the massive debt created in three years by this administration which China is covering?
2,500 soldiers in a northern outpost of a steadfast ally means little except election year posturing however 2,500 soldiers in Taiwan would really mean something.

Nov. 17 2011 08:58 AM
Angel from Miami, FL

Finally, a US president let's China, still a communist country, know that we're aware of their Risk-like moves around the world. I mean, we all know congress wasn't going to do it. They're already in the pocket of the Chinese government.

Nov. 17 2011 07:39 AM

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