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Australia plans major overhaul of defenses as China rises


Associated Press

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A government-commissioned report says Australia needs to spend more on defense and develop the ability to strike longer-range targets as China’s military buildup challenges regional security. The Defense Strategic Review supports the AUKUS partnership among Australia, the United States and Britain and recommends deepening relationships with other key partners. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says the review was meant to assess whether Australia is able and prepared to defend itself. The review says China’s ambitious military buildup is occurring without transparency or reassurance of its intentions. One of the immediate steps taken under the new priorities was to reduce an order for infantry vehicles. The money saved will be diverted to getting HIMARS rocket systems.

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