BLUFThe Pacific islands are crucial for US and Australian defence and are likely to be crucial in defending Taiwan—Australia therefore needs a permanent presence in the Pacific Island region.
Anthony Bergin and Grant Newsham writing in the Strategist make the following points:
- WW2 demonstrated how important the Pacific was to Australia's defence.
- Australia should consider allowing Pacific Islanders to join the ADF.
- It should also consider standing up a Pacific Island regiment.
- Such a regiment—mentored and supported and supplied by Australia—would have an effectve military capablity that as well as being used in defence might also have a role in disaster relief throughout the region.
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References from the Web:
- AUG 2022 US and Fiji Seal Agreement on Defence and Security- the Fijian Government
- SEP 2022 China strategy in Pacific islands a cause for US concern: Report-Aljazeera
- Article Source: The Strategist | ASPI's analysis and commentary site (aspistrategist.org.au)
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