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Australia to Sharply Increase Defence Spending with Focus on Indo-Pacific amid Tensions with China


Although Morrison did not name China, Australia's muscular posturing towards the Pacific is seen as a signal that Canberra intends to be more assertive in its dealings with Beijing.

  • Reuters Sydney
  • Last Updated: July 1, 2020, 9:28 AM IST

Australia will boost defence spending by 40% over the next 10 years, buying long-range military assets that will be focused on the Indo-Pacific region, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday.

In a speech that threatens to inflame tensions with China, Morrison said Australia will spend A$270 billion ($186.5 billion) over the next 10 years to acquire ...


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