Age of the Dragon

If it can win friends, China can put bases on our doorstep

Bradley Perrett
By Bradley Perrett
Updated June 3 2022 - 6:27am, first published 2:00am
Close to its own territory, China's military power is fearfully hot. But it can't project much strength into the central or south Pacific. Inset: Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele and Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing in 2019. Picture: AAP

Get used to it: sooner or later China will have at least one military base in the Pacific.

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Bradley Perrett

Bradley Perrett is a regular ACM columnist with a focus on Australia's relationship with China, covering defence, strategy, trade, economics and domestic policy. He was based in Beijing as a journalist from 2004 to 2020. His articles are supported by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas.