China’s military plans ‘like Pearl Harbor’ employed by the Japanese, says Australia think tank
Posted by Author on February 8, 2011
By Brendan Nicholson, The Australian, February 08, 2011-
AUSTRALIANS should prepare for a 40 per cent increase in defence spending to combat the rise of an increasingly militaristic China, says a report from the Kokoda Foundation think tank.
Kokoda founder Ross Babbage, who was on the advisory panel for the latest defence white paper, said China was expected to extend its military reach to play a much stronger role in Australia’s immediate surrounds over the next 20 years.
In some ways, Chinese strategic thinking was similar to that employed by the Japanese in planning their attack on Pearl Harbor, he said.
Dr Babbage said the increasing military power of China was the greatest security challenge faced by Australia since World War II.
“There is a hell of a lot at stake here,” he said.
The Gillard government must urgently review the planning in its two-year-old defence white paper to take account of new information about the rapidly increasing military power of China, he said.
Dr Babbage suggested a range of options for Australia, which include the purchase of 10 or 12 nuclear submarines from the US.
He suggested Australia should acquire 20 so-called “arsenal ships”, fitted with ballistic and cruise missiles to hit enemy forces and logistics at long range.
The Kokoda report, Australia’s Strategic Edge in 2030, details increasing Chinese defence spending on aircraft, ships, submarines, missile systems and cyber warfare technology, and sets out how Australia should arm itself to deal with them.
In a response carried in The Australian today, Paul Dibb, a former white paper author now emeritus professor at the Australian National University, said the suggestions were “a thoroughly bad idea” and the government should reject them.
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