US to bolster military bases in Australia to counter Chinese expansion

by 9 News

The Pentagon will focus on building up bases in Australia and Guam to better prepare the US military to counter China, a senior defence official said.

The moves have been prompted by the US Department of Defence’s global posture review, which President Joe Biden ordered Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin to undertake shortly after taking office in February.

Austin started the global posture review in March. The review is classified, but a senior defence official provided some details about the review’s findings.

The Indo-Pacific region was a major focus, because of Austin’s emphasis on “China as the pacing challenge” for the department, the official said.

The Biden administration has made countering China its main foreign policy priority as tensions have increased with Beijing, particularly over the issue of Taiwan and senior Pentagon officials have publicly expressed alarm about China’s efforts to upgrade and modernise its military.

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Pictured above: The US Air Force Andersen air base on Guam, a US territory in the Pacific.