Finlandisation? (letter)by Paul JefferyNews Weekly
, April 12, 2008
Where is Prime Minister Kevin Rudd taking Australia by marginalising our relationships with Japan and India? Is it benign neglect or a strategic misadventure?
Whatever it is, it doesn't feel good. Overtly dismissing the importance of these relationships will rebound on us unless Rudd changes tack.
We need India and Japan more than they need us. Strategically and economically they can out-muscle us, out-spend us, then cast us aside.
They are at a point in their development where, if they wish, they can convince "others" what we can buy militarily.
The great powers of China, India and Japan are so cash-rich, they can use surrogates to create all manner of diversions and pressure, such as "diplomatic incidents", price collusion, product-dumping and changes to customs standards.
Being a victim of Finlandisation from the great powers to our north is not a future I want for Australia.Paul Jeffery,