Yesterday, the first of 2500 American troops arrived in Darwin, Australia to engage in training with the Australian Defense Force. The exercise is part of a new defense pact, the reasoning behind which is explained by Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith:
“We see this very much as responding and reflecting the fact that the world is moving into our part of the world, the world is moving to the Asia-Pacific and the Indian Ocean…The world needs to come to grips with the rise of China, the rise of India, the move of strategic and political and economic influence to our part of the world.”
Here’s the full article in the NY Times.
One of the crucial themes of the upcoming First History for Adults, Part 5: Japan, China, and India will be the “balance of power” and why postmodernity makes this construct so disproportionately important. (Full course descriptions and pre-registration will be available starting tomorrow!)