Wednesday, November 16, 2011
President Obama continues his travel abroad and landed in the country of Australia. There, he met with the Australian prime Minister Julia Gillard in Canberra, in the capital of Australia. He is on a two day trip to Aussie-land, and this happens to be his very first trip as commander-in-chief to the country.
While visiting, President Obama made an agreement to send 250 U.S. Marines to Darwin and the northern region of Australia for military exercises and training. The U.S. forces are expected to climb to 2,500 Marines, which is a full ground task force.
The reason.... According to U.S. officials, there is a need to respond to regional natural disasters, as President Obama commented over his concern for Chinese military expansion, and also citing that "China is obviously a piece of the Asia Pacific region, an emerging power". Surprisingly this visit to Australia came directly after the yearly 19-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, which highlighted the need for new measures supporting job growth.
When President Obama leaves Australia, his destination will be another Pacific stop in Indonesia, which is a country that he spend several years as a child.