Analysis: The Asia-Pacific arms race has taken an ominous turn

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Japanese Assault Amphibious Vehicles come ashore during a joint exercise between the Australian Defence Force and the United States Armed forces in Bowen, Australia [File: Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images]

Within days of each other, two key United States allies – Australia and Japan – announced their intentions to boost defence spending and adopt a more aggressive military posture. Rising tensions in the Asia-Pacific region account for what is being called a “game-changer” in the way the two countries think about protecting themselves from China’s rapid military expansion.

Australia’s announcement in late June that it would boost defence spending over the next decade by 40 percent caught most observers by surprise. Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated clearly that the world post-COVID-19 will be “poorer, more dangerous and more disorderly” and that the country needed to be prepared for any eventuality.

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