The Straits Times
Published on Dec 27, 2012

Australia plans war games with China: Report


SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia and China are planning joint military exercises which may also include the United States as the nations work to ensure stability in the region, Canberra's defence chief said on Thursday.

General David Hurley told The Australian newspaper that the war games were "on the short-term horizon".

"We're working our way towards that," he said.

The planned exercises come as Washington pushes to bolster its military might in the strategically vital Asia Pacific amid concerns about China's increasing assertiveness and territorial tensions with its neighbours.