EXHIBIT ONE - reasoned, serious analysis from defence and security professionals
Australia’s intelligence and analysis agencies believe that the South Pacific now presents the greatest strategic threat to Australia, as a result of what they believe is Beijing’s intention to establish a military base in the region.
This marks the first time since World War II that the South Pacific has been of such intense strategic concern to Canberra.
China’s growing influence in the Pacific has prompted a warning from the former head of the NSA, America’s largest and most secretive intelligence agency, that Beijing is engaged in a deliberate power play to gain “advantage” across the Pacific.
EXHIBIT TWO - Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs the FINCL
China's on the march - but that's not a worry according to Payne and mates.
She's done an Obama.
Climate Change is the biggest threat.
And by extension she reckons Trump is too.