Military experts said the Australian Defense White Paper as a rival to China
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Australia Prime Minister Kevin Rudd 2 in Canberra issued a new defense white paper. In addition to presenting large-scale military procurement, but up to 140-page defense white paper also spend a considerable length rendering the China threat, saying China’s military modernization led to neighboring countries uneasy. Although the Australian government has repeatedly defended military expansion is not directed against China, but it is in Australia or international public opinion, will the two media are closely linked.
report, “2030 — In a military to defend Australia in the Asia-Pacific century,” Defense White Paper said that Australia is facing the world and regional situation has undergone major changes, Australia will focus on improving their future defense capabilities to defend its Asia-Pacific region in the changing interests. White said that Australia will invest in the next 20 years, more than 700 billion to improve military, to double the number of submarines to 12, buy 100 F-35 fighters, and hoped purchased eight new frigates and three destroyers.
mentioned several times in the White Paper on China’s military development impact of the regional situation, saying “China will have the strongest military power in Asia, people can be expected, one of China as a world power and its strength will be developed consistent with military force “;” If China does not speed the process of modernization of its military, size and structure to be fully explained to the people, its neighbors are likely to have worried about China. ” White also criticized China’s military power has exceeded the needs of safeguarding sovereignty, and that is to contain China’s development of Australia’s military allies — the power of the United States in the Asia Pacific region.
Agence France-Presse reports that the Australian armed forces of the long-term strategic blueprint for the warning, with the military rise of China and other countries, the Asia-Pacific region in the next 20 years may be a war. White Paper stressed that the U.S. will continue to be Australia’s “indispensable” ally, as China, India and Russia and other countries began to “test” an absolutely dominant position the United States, these countries the possibility of conflict between the small but does exist.
This time the substantial military expansion, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd before the release of 1 in the White Paper says that this is not directed at China from Australia only need to be prepared to respond to a possible “emergency . ” Australian Defense Minister Fitzgibbon 3, in an interview once again denied the claims against China, saying that the step is in response to changes in the pattern of international forces. However, media reports in the Australian military buildup generally linked with China, Reuters, 2 said, eyes staring at the Australian Chinese expansion of military construction. “The Australian” is the title story, “Defense White Paper focused their attention on China.”
defense white paper for lengthy repeat saying the China threat, Australia also has great internal differences. Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports that the White Paper’s military strategy seems to be based and China “fight a battle,” the assumption that, while most people think that this is impossible. “Sydney Herald,” said Sunday paper’s lead author Maikepeisu slightly before the release of the White Paper had traveled to China to explain the situation, but China is not buying it, a Chinese Foreign Ministry officials said China had hoped to become Kevin Rudd a bridge between China and the U.S., “but it now appears, he seems to side with the U.S. and China against.” Even Kevin Rudd had previously denounced as “China’s roving ambassador,” the opposition leader Malcolm En Buer said, the White Paper only took two less than the length that the Government’s large-scale arms purchase plan to shift most of the devoted to “focuses on how to guard against possible with China’s major conflict,” a little too far.
China Institute for Strategic Studies National Defense University Professor Meng Xiangqing 3 in “Global Times” reporter, said that Australia and China in recent years, economic cooperation getting closer and closer, but such a rendering published “China threat theory” white paper, which is not surprising. He said that the release has a background of white paper, that is, from Australia in recent years, the adjustment of military strategy, in addition to the Indian Ocean, the Pacific which increasing attention, and focus on strengthening its influence in the Asia Pacific region, actively expand military. Meng Xiangqing that Australia in this white paper to spread the “China threat theory” is the official documents for the first time publicly to China as a rival, in fact, adhering to the U.S. defense white paper to spread the “China threat theory” tradition, based on the U.S. based Western countries to spread the “China threat” theory of continuity. One hand it reflects China’s military development does raise Australia’s concerns, it also reflects Australia’s actively seeking the continued strengthening of relations with the United States.
for the White Paper on China “will be the strongest military power in Asia” and other projections, Meng Xiangqing that is undeniable, as China’s strength, China’s military power will correspondingly increase, but it does not mean that China will use force to solve the problem. Threat to a country, not its strength, but in their intentions and actions, China has always stressed peaceful development, which in China to resolve the South China Sea, the Diaoyu Islands and other issues advocate “shelving”, which do not practice on the use of force can be fully realized. The White Paper is still showing “strong hegemony of the will” of the Cold War mentality, which is typical of the Western Cold War logic.
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