Commentary | 24 April 2009

The long rise of China in Australian defence strategy

Media reports and Hugh White's recent Lowy Institute Paper have ignited debate about the extent to which China's rapid military modernisation should shape the government's long-awaited Defence White Paper.In this Perspective, former Secretary of Defence Ric Smith charts the place of China in Australian defence strategy over 50 years and highlights that a preoccupation with China's military capabilities and intentions is far from new for Australia's defence planners.

Richard C. Smith

  • Richard C Smith

Media reports and Hugh White's recent Lowy Institute Paper have ignited debate about the extent to which China's rapid military modernisation should shape the government's long-awaited Defence White Paper.In this Perspective, former Secretary of Defence Ric Smith charts the place of China in Australian defence strategy over 50 years and highlights that a preoccupation with China's military capabilities and intentions is far from new for Australia's defence planners.

Richard C. Smith

  • Richard C Smith