Real talk from former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating on the strategic outlook for Australia in Asia, the rise of China, and the likely future military balance of power in the Pacific region.
More from the Australian strategic viewpoint. Balance of power in the Western Pacific.
From the YouTube transcript:
29:18 [Eventually... Total] Chinese GDP is twice as large as America's so the idea that this great massive economy is going to be a strategic client of the United States that they are kept in line by the US 7th fleet that the US 7th fleet controls its coasts six miles off the ... territorial sea is of course a nonsense but this is what the pivot was all about. This is what Hillary Clinton and and Barrack Obama's pivot was all about was about the reestablishment of us power
... you know it's simply unreal and if we try and become remain party to that piece of nonsense you know... that's not to say we don't need the u.s. strategically in Asia as a balancing and conciliating power we do, but if we are party to the nonsense that we will line up for the United States to maintain its strategic hegemony in Asia over China we must have troubles...