A lot of Americans were probably relieved to hear the news that the US will accept a certain number of refugees approved in Australia. The whole country was surprised by the results of the phone call with Prime Minister Turnbull in January. Has any President ever lost his temper on an official phone call before? The refugees approved by Australia are completely different from illegal immigrants from Mexico. They are innocent people who are having difficulties in their lives. Extending a helping hand to such refugees should be a given in international society.
Although this telephone conference ended bitterly, the result of a very interesting survey concerning Australia was revealed shortly afterwards. Republicans viewed Australia as their most favorable ally. Democrats considered Australia to be their 4th most favorable ally, and it placed well at 2nd place among other participants, which tells us that Australia is generally viewed very favorably within the US.
Although many viewpoints ranging from criticism of the telephone conference to the insistence of continued friendly relationship between the US and Australia have been reported, just which nations does Australia regard as friends? There’s no argument that the US is Australia’s greatest ally, but they also have another great friend. That is Japan. This became clear when an article headlined “Shinzo Abe’s visit reminds us what a crucial ally he is to Australia” was released by an Australian think tank. It pointed out how important the alliance between the US, Australia, and Japan was not only crucial on a security level, but also on an economic level, and explained how the three nations were already acting in recognition of this.
However, the recent actions of China and South Korea have been an obstacle to this alliance. South Korea have erected statues of comfort women at several locations in our country. It is hard to understand why they felt the need to deliberately build these statues here. Although it was South Korea who recently decided to break the consensus over the comfort women issue with Japan, it is the US that mediated this agreement. South Korea’s deviation from this consensus is akin to stabbing the US in the back. In the past, the US has repeatedly exerted itself to broker peace between South Korea and Japan, but if South Korea insists on continuing to cause problems, I do not believe that there is any need for the US to try to restore relations between the two countries.
While diplomacy between the US and Australia was temporarily halted due to the phone call, China sent Premier Li to Australia to try to get Australia on China’s side. As reported by Reuters, Australia feels Chinese-led privatized business is risky, and a criminal extradition treaty was ratified. China’s diplomacy has actually ended in failure, but it is clearly trying to split up the US and Australia. It also continues to broadcast propaganda about how atrocious Japan’s actions were in the war even now, decades after the war ended. There is an “anti-Japanese war victory parade” held every year, which proclaims what a victim China was. As far as I can see, Japan is not doing anything cruel to other countries now. But China still brings up the story of the Nanking Massacre at every opportunity and shouts about increasingly large false numbers of victims. Going out of the way to increase victim numbers several tenfold is not historical revisionism, but mere lying.