Commentary | 18 February 2013

Asian century is marked by rising conflict

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Rory Medcalf argues that the Asian Century is increasingly being marked by inter-state tensions and strategic mistrust. This reality runs counter to the government’s perceptions of the Asian Century as outlined in its 2012 White Paper, and as a result, it is the wrong time for the government to slash its defence spending and continue to underfund Australian diplomacy.

 

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Rory Medcalf argues that the Asian Century is increasingly being marked by inter-state tensions and strategic mistrust. This reality runs counter to the government’s perceptions of the Asian Century as outlined in its 2012 White Paper, and as a result, it is the wrong time for the government to slash its defence spending and continue to underfund Australian diplomacy.