Letters to the editor

November 21, 2017

Trade and prosperity

- Rex Tooley, Shepparton

The two great wars of the 20th century created the need for lasting alliances, aimed at ensuring mutual security in the face of attack by foreign nations, as happened with the Japanese era of expansionism and sustained oppression of many Asian countries and their peoples.

China and its people were subjected to savagery and ill-treatment more so than any other nation and, for much longer, by the inhumanity of the Japanese military.

So Australia’s alliance with the United States was formed and if it was not for the US’ determined resistance to Japan, the war would have lasted longer.

Many millions more would have died or been injured and for that giant effort to end the war, the US for the most part, ground Japan down to final defeat — none of us should forget that.

But today, China is the dominant Asian country and economy, highly valued by the world community, especially the US and Australia.

We really cannot have any prosperity without trade with China and good relations maintained as true trade partners of goodwill we are today.

Alliances are important only in extreme circumstances and are actually a group defensive measure in emergency times.

There is no military threat to China or Russia, there is no imaginable reason why war is a threat between the ‘‘super-powers’’, all who mutually ensured destruction is globally suicidal.

That is reason enough to maintain peace and understanding, close communication and dialogue is the answer.

We should not forget we are already allied with China and the rest of the world, to defeat all the elements of terrorism.

It is possible western nations might be the allies of China and Russia in future times to put down a common enemy.

That is not an unlikely possibility.

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