US-Japan-India-Australia- Prime Minister Scott Morrison chose the country’s defense academy as the venue to highlight one of Australia’s most ambitious and ‘offensive’ defense strategies to date.
As part of its defense strategy, Australia will increase its troop numbers, purchase long-range missiles capable of hitting enemy warships, increase cyber warfare capabilities, and henceforth its defense policy will be monitored in the Indo-Pacific region.
While highlighting the new defense strategy, Mr. Morrison said “Australia wants the Indo-Pacific to be free where no one will dominate and coerce,'”.
Prime Minister Morrison said tensions between China and the United States over dominance in Asia and the Pacific have escalated, and “there is a serious risk of making the wrong decision at any time.”
He spoke of the ongoing Sino-Indian border dispute, and of China’s continued efforts to exert exclusive influence in the South China Sea.
He also clarified that Australia will be with the United States in this Sino-US competition. Because his plans to buy sophisticated weapons in the coming years at a cost of hundreds of billions of dollars will come mainly from the United States.
Australia will buy state-of-the-art AGM 158C long-range missiles from the United States for its navy, capable of hitting targets at a range of 370 kilometers.
Australia currently has weapons which has a range of 124 kilometers. In addition, they will undertake a project to build their own long-range hypersonic missile that can cover a distance of several thousand kilometers. There are also plans to increase the number of Drone…As well as plans to greatly increase the ability to deal with cyber warfare.
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Why is Australia so belligerent?
Australia’s main goal is to prevent a crisis that could hurt the Chinese military, Chinese interests and infrastructure.
But Australia’s new defense strategy has virtually acknowledged the technical and military superiority decreased of Australia and its ally the United States in the Asia-Pacific. China has emerged as a major competitor there.
Even statistics suggest that in the middle of this decade, China’s combined investment will surpass that of the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in a variety of technological studies. So Australia is concerned about this reality.
US-Japan-India-Australia- Not only has the military budget increased, but Australia has stepped up to become more closely involved in the US-Japan-India-Australia Quad deal that has been developing over the past decade.
The joint naval exercise between Japan, India and the United States, which has been held every year since 2015 Australia will be there for the next step.
China would be unhappy; So India has expressed reluctance about Australia in the exercise. But the Sino-Indian border dispute has changed that.
Several Indian newspapers have reported that India is reversing its objections to Australia, and that Australia may be included in the exercise scheduled for next August.