Peter Dutton articulates case for military build-up in Indo-Pacific

Harley Dennett
By Harley Dennett
November 26 2021 - 6:30pm
Military strength was the path to normalising relations with China, Peter Dutton argued. Picture: Keegan Carroll

China's ambitions frame Australia as one of its "tributary states", the Defence Minister warned in justifying the need for military build-up in the Indo-Pacific as a strong "counter pressure" against the regional power.

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Harley Dennett

Harley Dennett

Senior Political Reporter

I'm the federal politics bureau chief for the Canberra Times, via a career that's taken me from rural Victoria to Washington DC. Telling the stories of my local LGBTI community brought me to journalism, where I've covered seven federal budgets, four national elections, Defence, public service and international governance.