Sunday, September 23, 2012

Australia counters Chinese threat

AUSTRALIA has been quietly building a regional defence coalition to restrain China's increasingly ''aggressive'' and ''autistic'' international behaviour, an influential adviser to the Pentagon says.

Edward Luttwak bluntly contradicts Australian and US denials that they see China as a threat or want to contain its rise.

''Australians view themselves as facing a strategic threat,'' he writes in his coming book, The Rise of China v The Logic of Strategy.

The emerging latticework of regional defence arrangements augments ''the overall capacity of the US-Australian alliance to contain China''.

The book praises Australia's strategic initiative in forging ties with countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and India that lie beyond America's natural security orbit, as well as broadening the defence networks of close US allies such as Japan.

''Each of these Australian initiatives derives from a prior and broader decision to take the initiative in building a structure of collective security piece by piece, and not just leave it all to the Americans,'' it says. Read More