Report: US Air Force to Deploy Nuclear Capable B-52s to Australia

Photo: US Air Force [via Reuters]

The Facts

  • On Monday, the Australian Broadcast Corporation's Four Corners program reported that the US is planning to deploy up to six nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to the Royal Australian Air Force's Tindal base.

  • This comes as the region has become a crucial defense hub for the US, which has reportedly committed to spending $1B to upgrade its military assets there as tensions with China mount.

The Spin

Anti-China narrative

As China threatens to invade Taiwan, the deepening of US-Australia military ties is sensible to dissuade Beijing from such a reckless move. The best way to avoid a war isn't to indicate that Australia would be out of a possible conflict zone, but to present a united front against PRC aggression.

Pro-China narrative

Australia must understand that Beijing will not make the slightest concession concerning its core interests, especially involving Taiwan. Friendly relations with China would be more in line with the actual interests of Australia — Canberra will only hurt itself by becoming a US geopolitical pawn.

Nerd narrative

There is an 8% chance that there will be an armed conflict in the South China Sea before 2023, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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