Australia’s defense minister alerts that China’s fast military development is the largest in almost eight decades and lacks transparency. The concern is voiced by Richard Marles on the latest security agreement between China and Solomon Islands. Sunday in Singapore, Marles met his Chinese colleague, Wei Fenghe, breaking a two-year diplomatic impasse.
Australia intends to combat climate change more forcefully and assist Pacific countries on the front lines of global warming. Foreign Minister Bob Marles has said that the new Australian administration is “committed” to investing 2 percent of its gross domestic product in the military. AUKUS is a trilateral security agreement between Australia, the United States, India, Japan, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.