Australia seeks long-range missiles in Indo-Pacific defence shift | Eurasia Diary - ednews.net

14 July, Tuesday


Australia seeks long-range missiles in Indo-Pacific defence shift

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Australia says it will significantly increase military spending and focus on the Indo-Pacific region amid rising tensions between the US and China, EDNews.net reports citing BBC.

PM Scott Morrison pledged A$270bn (£150bn; $186bn) to Australia's arms budget over 10 years - a 40% boost. He said Australia would acquire long-range missiles and other capabilities to "deter" future conflicts.

It was necessary because the region was the "focus of the dominant global contest of our age", he added. Mr Morrison named several areas of tension including the border between India and China, and conflict over the South China Sea and East China Sea. It follows deteriorating relations between Australia and China - which are widely seen to be at their worst in decades.

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