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
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

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

Topic |   Australia
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
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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