The Pentagon is to deploy over two thousand troops to Australia by September to join an established rotational force of 200 in anticipation of a conflict with China, according to reports.
The Daily Mail notes that “The contingent is part of an ongoing US initiative in the Indo-Pacific region to prepare for a possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan in coming years.”
The report notes that 1000 marines have already arrived in the country.
Australian Defence Minister Peter Dutton warned Wednesday that Beijing may look to annex Taiwan while the eyes of the world are on the conflict in Ukraine.
China has signalled that it could use nuclear weapons in response to the AUKUS security pact between Australia, America and Britain, which sees the former receiving nuclear powered submarines in years to come.
Meanwhile, Nato head Jens Stoltenberg announced Tuesday that China must “clearly condemn” the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“China has an obligation as a member of the UN Security Council to actually support and uphold international law and the Russian invasion of Ukraine is a blatant violation of the international law,” Stoltenberg declared.
The U.S. also declared this week that China will ‘face consequences’ if it supports Russia evading sanctions.