US defence strategy in Indo-Pacific region faces 'unprecedented crisis'
Australia should diversify its network of defence allies as the military might of America weakens, report warns
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August 20, 2019 - for theguardian.com
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America's military authority is waning and it is ill-prepared to go to war with China in the Indo-Pacific region, a new report from the United States Studies Centre has warned, arguing Australia must move towards a shared reliance on a network of allies, in particular Asian militaries such as Japan, for its security.
The report, Averting Crisis, says America's defence strategy in the Indo-Pacific region is in "the throes of an unprecedented crisis", created by a mismatch between its ambition to remain the region's dominant military power, and an overstretched armed force with falling and failing resources.
"Faced with an increasingly contested regional security landscape and with limited defence resources at its disposal, the United States military is no longer assured of its ability to single-handedly uphold a favourable balance of power in the Indo-Pacific," the report, by the US Studies Centre's Ashley Townshend and Brendan Thomas-Noone, says.
"China, by contrast, is growing ever more capable of challenging the regional order by force as a result of its large-scale investment in advanced military systems."...
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