I wouldn't write off the USA right now. It's defense forces are still the most powerful in the world. In my view the Chinese will not take on the USA at the moment because the USA would absolutely trash the Chinese in an all out conflagration from which I doubt the Chinese would recover. Note how the Chinese have actually backed down in their rhetoric about Trumps stupid tariffs.
The United States is an empire in decline, as much as some of you shall hate to hear it, that is the truth. I believe that this century is going to be dominated by China and to the latter extent India. RTT_Rules isn't supporting Chinese Expansionism he is just stating the truth. The Americans fly close to Chinese territory no one rises an eyebrow, when the Chinese do it 'DEM COMMIES ARE ATTEMPTING TO START WW3'. I know it sounds like I am sucking up to china Don as much as I despise Neo stalinism, that is the truth of these changing times.
CorrectionSo you're a supporter of Chinese military expansion into the South Pacific? I'm sure they'll be pleased to hear that.
What would expect ANY Australian govt do to regarding the Chinese building a base in Vanuatu? Trump will certainly do SFA.
Its a sovereign nation and Vanuatu has only minor links with Australia. Chinese have bases in places like Djibouti, ironically next door to USA and 3 other nations in the same small country. Foreign Military bases are sources on income for local business and govt revenues, who could blame them?
As for the Russians, no chance they will take on the USA. Putin might be full of BS but he is sensible enough not to commit national suicide.
On the economic front the USA might have huge debt levels but seems to have the resources to keep its head above water.
Military spending by country
USA $1700B GDP 2.2%
China $700B 1.9%
Russia $70B 5.3%
KSA $64B 10%
India $55B 2.5%
Aussie $24B 2.0%
Aircraft carrier wise the
- USA Military is by far the strongest in the world, having around 10 active carriers, all big mothers ~100kt.
- Russia one small one, ~55kt, and they can barely afford to keep it running.
- Chinese did a sneaky move and got Russia's other two half bulk hulls for change via Ukraine and finished them.
If you want to attack Australia you need portable attack force, the Chinese currently don't have this capability unless you expect them to arrive via Airbus/Boeing.
In long-term if China wanted Australia, there is little we can do about it unless we get help or go Nuclear. So MT's wet lettuce approach is about as useful as it gets so what on earth would you expect any Australian PM to do if Vanuatu had indeed allowed a Chinese military base to be built? Note I didn't say I support the Chinese, I just don't support the pub rhetoric BS as it makes no sense.