Defence White Paper: Toning down the rhetoric while still preparing for war

The Gillard government released a new Defence White Paper on May 3, one year ahead of schedule. The main reason for bringing forward the Paper is to adjust Australia’s military operations in line with the US’s “pivot” to Asia, now referred to as “rebalancing”. The basic thrust of Labor’s policy remains unchanged – serving the US war machine in its pursuit of global domination, in particular in the Asia-Pacific region. The main target remains China whose economy looks set to become larger than the US’s in the coming decade.

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