According to Nikkei, Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday that the country will invest about AU$38 billion (28 billion US dollars) through 2040 to expand its active defense personnel.
The Australian leader announced the plan as China is pushing its presence in the Indo-Pacific region and ratcheting up many moves threatening security at the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait.
During a news conference on Thursday, Morrison said, “This is a significant investment in our future force.”
Australia has continuously strengthened its defense capabilities over the years. On September 16, 2021, the country announced that it would have nuclear submarines with support from the UK and the US. This country also joined the Quad alliance, including Australia, India, Japan, and the United States.
Morrison is seen as a leader who tends to be tough on the Chinese government. Nikkei said that he has considered national security as a core issue.
Amid concerns that China will take advantage of the Western focusing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to attack Taiwan, Australia and other countries in Quad agreed that they will not allow what is happening to Ukraine to repeat itself in the Indo-Pacific region.