First US Marines arrive in Australia
Deployment appears to be sending a signal to China:
AUSTRALIA: The first batch of an expected 2,500 US Marines to be
deployed in Australia began work yesterday as Washington bolsters its
presence in a strategically vital region, to the irritation of China.
Some 200 Marines touched down in tropical Darwin overnight as part of
an enhanced defence cooperation outlined during a visit by US President
Barack Obama in November that rankled Beijing.
The troops are in the Northern Territory on a six-month rotational
basis and will be based at Robertson Barracks on the outskirts of the
city, building to some 2,500 by 2016-17. AFP