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Australia’s defence budget: sign of a power shift in East Asia?

Nestling alongside the detailed strategic narrative, geopolitical analysis and discussions of future military capabilities contained in the 190 pages of Australia’s latest Defence White Paper (DWP) are clear signs that developments in the Asia-Pacific region are not going the way Canberra had hoped. The continuing rise of China in particular has deviated significantly from the script, as Dr Gareth Evans finds out.

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