Hugh White: How to Defend Australia

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By Hugh White*

You don’t have to be as pessimistic as I am about the future of American power in Asia to start seriously thinking about what we should do if it falters. You only have to accept that we can no longer simply assume that America will, 20 or 30 years from now, be there to prevent any major power from attacking us, or defend us if it did.

That means we should consider, more seriously than we ever have before, whether we can defend ourselves from a major power—like China, or a much stronger Indonesia—without relying on America.

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