Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during the launch of the 2020 Defence Strategic Update in Canberra. Australia significantly increased its defence spending, with Morrison warning the post-pandemic world will become more dangerous. Photo: AP
Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during the launch of the 2020 Defence Strategic Update in Canberra. Australia significantly increased its defence spending, with Morrison warning the post-pandemic world will become more dangerous. Photo: AP
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Australia boosts defence spending by 40 per cent as China tensions rise

  • PM Scott Morrison said US$186 billion will be spent over the next decade to ‘maintain regional security and deter or respond to aggression in the Indo-Pacific’
  • Canberra’s relations with Beijing are increasingly strained over trade, the South China Sea, Huawei, espionage allegations, and Hong Kong

Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during the launch of the 2020 Defence Strategic Update in Canberra. Australia significantly increased its defence spending, with Morrison warning the post-pandemic world will become more dangerous. Photo: AP
Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during the launch of the 2020 Defence Strategic Update in Canberra. Australia significantly increased its defence spending, with Morrison warning the post-pandemic world will become more dangerous. Photo: AP
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