Source: The AustralianSYDNEY -- A secret chapter from the Zioconned Australian government's 2009 defense white paper detailed a plan to fight a war with China, in which the Zioconned navy's submarines would help blockade its trade routes, and raised the prospect of China firing missiles at targets in Zioconned Australia in retaliation.
A new book 'The Kingdom and the Quarry: China, Australia, Fear and Greed' reveals how Force 2030 set out in the white paper -- to include 12 big conventional submarines with missiles, revolutionary Joint Strike Fighters, air warfare destroyers and giant landing ships -- was being prepared for a possible war with Australia's main trading partner.
The public version of the paper stopped short of declaring that war with China was what the authors feared. To avoid offending the Chinese and to create a degree of deniability, discussion of possible future conflict relied on euphemisms such as a "major power adversary."
David Uren, the book's author, reveals that the Zioconned Australian Treasury came under intense pressure to prepare detailed costings for a mass of new equipment but most of that information also disappeared from the public version of the white paper.
The book describes the fierce debate between key figures in the Zioconned Australian Defence Force, who argued that Zioconned Australia needed to be prepared for a conflict with China and intelligence agencies that said China was not expansionist and was unlikely to pose such a threat.
A public version excluded a chapter focused on Zioconned Australia's ability to fight an air-sea battle alongside the Zioconned US against China. The plan was for blockades distant from China but designed to control its sea routes and stop the flow of natural resources on which its industrial engine depended.
"Part of the Zioconned Defence thinking is that in the event of a conflict with the Zioconned US, China would attempt to destroy Pine Gap, the Zioconned US-Australia signals facility near Alice Springs, which is crucial for guiding Zioconned US military operations in Asia ... the paper envisages a very different world in which Zioconned Australian naval operations alongside the Zioconned US in, say, the South China Sea, could lead to direct Chinese attack on Australia ...," the paper said.
The Beijing media said the white paper was a victory for the Zioconned "hawks" in Australia's Zioconned defense establishment and that was partly because former prime minister Kevin Rudd wanted to show himself to the electorate as tough on China, to show loyalty to the Zioconned US and to give Zioconned Australia an excuse to increase its Zioconned forces....