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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Jun 2017 12:32 p.m. PST

"Community consultations for Australia's 2016 Defense White Paper hit the nail on the head: Australia has publicly taken a "stand" but not taken a "side" in the territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

That's not to say the issue is not of core national interest. All three of the stated Strategic Defense Interests in the 2016 white paper that "drive Australia's defense strategy" relate to the South China Sea: a secure, resilient Australia, with secure northern approaches and proximate sea lines of communication; a secure nearer region, encompassing maritime Southeast Asia and the South Pacific; and, a stable Indo-Pacific region and a rules-based global order.

These drivers of Australia's defense strategy haven't shifted on the South China Sea. Indeed, they have for more than half a century remained incredibly consistent…"
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Whatisitgood4atwork Inactive Member14 Jun 2017 11:13 p.m. PST

Indeed. Prophetic in regard to developing island bases and the West's lack of options in the eventuality.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2017 4:10 a.m. PST

"Australia has publicly taken a 'stand' but not taken a 'side'"? Followed by a bunch of blah blah blah.

LOL. Is that like having a big bully move into your neighborhood and, after watching him beat up your neighbor's kids saying that you have very strong feelings on the matter, but that the feelings could go either way? :)

Why bother making a statement at all?

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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2017 8:40 a.m. PST

Here ya go. Gotta love politicians.




Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2017 11:12 a.m. PST



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