A leading Australian defence think tank, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), has called for a radical overhaul of Canberra’s military posture and a move towards forward defence in depth.
The report argues that the traditional emphasis on controlling the air-sea gap to the country’s north is outmoded and vulnerable to a forward Chinese military presence expanding through the Southeast Asian archipelago from military bases in the South China Sea and potentially into the South Pacific between Australia and the US.
“Far from being a strategic backwater, Australia is very much now a state in the frontline, geographically, strategically and politically,” said Dr Malcolm Davis, author of the report.
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