Aus­tralia urged to open mil­i­tary bases against Chi­nese mis­siles

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - INTERNATIO­NAL -

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

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