"SYDNEY - China has criticized Australia’s plans to increase the number of U.S. military personnel stationed in the Northern Territory. Australia is hosting the troops as part of the Obama administration's strategic shift toward the Asia-Pacific. Beijing says Canberra is revisiting Cold War alliances as Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr makes his first visit to China.
Canberra has insisted that China has nothing to fear over the presence of 2,500 U.S. Marines in Australia’s Northern Territory by 2017. But the issue has dominated Carr’s first visit to Beijing. He has held talks with his Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi, and Lieutenant General Wei Fenghe, the deputy chief of the general staff."