Email By Neda Vanovac Updated May 29, 2019 07:00:26 Photo: American troops land on an Australian beach. Will the nation be caught between China and the US? (Facebook: Marine Rotational Force Darwin) Related Story: It’s the key to the Top End, occupies prime land, and is run by the military. But can it be moved? Related Story: Could Australia get a spaceport in the remote Top End for NASA to launch rockets? Related Story: Long grass living: The stigmatised, vibrant reality of life for Darwin’s homeless Map: Darwin 0800 As China and the United States play geopolitical tug-of-war on the global stage, it’s feeling a little too close for comfort in one pocket of Australia.US Marines will reach their full complement of 2,500 troops training in Darwin by July, which will correspond with a boost of $250 million for capital works to improve Australian Defence Force facilities in the Top End.Meanwhile Landbridge, a Chinese company with ties to that government, leased the Darwin port for almost a century, provoking an international flurry of consternation and a rebuke from former US president Barack Obama.As things heat up, a number of you have asked the ABC what this posturing of super powers… Read full this story
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