During a trip to Australia, Obama announced that America would station 250 U.S. Marines in Darwin by the middle of 2012. Over time, America would increase the number of Marines to 2,500. U.S. officials told the Wall Street Journal that America made this move to boost our capabilities to respond to natural disasters and humanitarian crises in the region. They also said the rise of China had something to do with the move too.
“Australians respect the United States and what it stands for and does in the world and doesn’t like to see the U.S. hung out to dry," said Kim Beazley, the Australian ambassador to America.
That’s a very interesting statement.