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Australia Seeks a More ‘Potent’ Defense Force as Taiwan Tensions Escalate

Voice of America News reports: “Australia says its defense force must be ‘as potent as possible’ as China intensifies its military drills near Taiwan.

Speaking on Tuesday, Australian Defense Minister and acting Prime Minister, Richard Marles, said Beijing’s military buildup was of ‘enormous’ concern and has shaped the strategic circumstances of the region.

Tensions have escalated since U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit last week to Taiwan, an island China claims as its own.

In response, Beijing has launched drills in the Taiwan Strait, deploying jets and warships, and firing several ballistic missiles.

Marles said that China’s military activities were of ‘significant’ concern…”

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