Aussie politicians posturing in response to President Trump’s immigration bans would do well to pay attention to the new Secretary of State.
Former oil executive Rex Tillerson used his confirmation hearing to assert that the new administration will deny China access to artificial islands they’ve built in the South China Sea.
This is a leap beyond previous rhetoric about freedom of navigation.
While fly-bys may be provocative, any attempt to deny access would be a clear act of war.
Mr Turnbull is crowing at negotiating an exemption for Aussies from the new USA immigration bans. But the 25 year Joint Force Posture Agreement, signed in 2014 to allow USA Marines and Air Force to base weapons and personnel in and around Darwin, makes it virtually impossible for us to be exempt from (increasingly likely) war with China.