Australia plans to buy 72 F-35A Joint Strike Fighters. Canberra’s 2016 Defence White Paper reveals a 4.5 per cent rise in its military budget, which is not out of step with regional trends. Photo: AP

Australia’s multibillion-dollar defence spending boost is no threat to China

Ashley Townshend says Canberra’s white paper presents a sober assessment of the challenging security situation in the Indo-Pacific, and is not aimed at containing China in an increasingly militarised region

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Australia plans to buy 72 F-35A Joint Strike Fighters. Canberra’s 2016 Defence White Paper reveals a 4.5 per cent rise in its military budget, which is not out of step with regional trends. Photo: AP
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