Australia urged to open military bases against Chinese missiles
DAILYMAIL,12JUNE, 2019 -Australia must deploy military forces to foreign bases in the Pacific Ocean if it is to defend itself from advanced Chinese weaponry, according to a defence think tank report.
Too much emphasis on defending the sea and air ‘gap’ to the north of Australia had left the country exposed to attack from Chinese missiles which could reach deep into the continent. An Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) report has called for a new defence strategy which would put military assets in Japan, Papua New Guinea and Guam in the Western Pacific.
The report looks at how Australia can be better prepared for a major war which could occur in the next decade. A key challenge confronting Australian strategic planners that should directly inform future defence policy is the rise of an assertive Chinese state that’s directly challenging US strategic primacy in Asia,’ the report’s author Malcolm Davis states.
A Chinese warship cruises past the Sydney Opera House on a visit earlier this month