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Australia's true motives to enhance military strength

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

01-12-2016 16:21 BJT

By Han Xudong, National Defense University

Recently, Australia had made a bid for a new generation of a submarine project globally, which is another move to enhance its military strength. Once these submarines are deployed, Canberra's overseas power will lift sharply.


In review of Australia's activities, Canberra's overseas military prowess has been promoted rapidly. Meanwhile, it is a country with the largest improvements of overall military power in the Pacific region after the Cold War.

Australia is a continent, the largest island country in the Southern Hemisphere, without land bordering with any other countries. It has a superior security environment. Except for strategic weapons, it is hard for conventional military weapons to make a threat against Australia. So, what are the reasons for Canberra to promote its military strength?

During the Cold War, Australia had established an alliance with the US and New Zealand, expecting to expand its international influence by virtue of Washington. After the Cold War, Australia had joined nearly all overseas military actions led by the US.

Canberra had concluded that if its military strength cannot keep pace with Washington, it will hamper military coordination with the US and could not maintain its international influence. That's why Australia intends to arm with new type weapons.

During the Cold War, Australia had stuck to a policy of "close to the West and distant from the East," however after the Cold War, Canberra took the opposite approach.

Currently, Washington has been moving ahead with its global strategy over the Asian-Pacific region. Australia has offered support for the US militarily, by facilitating the establishment of Canberra's role in the Asian-Pacific region.

In 2007, the then-Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had initiated the four-country security dialogue mechanism with Washington.  Australia and India had also performed joint military drills. Even though Australia had retreated from the mechanism, Canberra still participates in various kinds of security dialogues in the Asian-Pacific region.
At present, the South China Sea "hot issue" is eye-catching in the Western Pacific region. Even if the South China Sea issue has nothing to do with Australia, the nation continues to address the topic with the international community. Canberra had paid high attention to the improvement of maritime military power, aiming to lift its influence over Southeast Asian affairs.

External factors have incited Australia to promote its military strength. Every time Canberra has made a bid for weapons internationally, there were several countries fighting for it. Tokyo even planned to offer complete submarine technology to win a bid, which was very rare in the international weapons market, but could promote Australia's military strengths on a dramatic scale.


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