Australia seeks Plan B as trust in US falters

Canberra under pressure to review its security and defence policies amid growing calls for greater defence spending and a 'less America and more Asia' outlook

Something is stirring Down Under. Australia is starting to fret about the fundamentals of its security, in a way not felt for more than a generation.

This observation would surprise many Australians as their immediate environment remains peaceful and the country enjoys prosperity, in substantial part because of booming trade with Asia. They fear terrorism far more than they lose sleep over strategic competition in the Indo-Pacific. Polls by the Lowy Institute suggest they worry increasingly about US President Donald Trump, too, but show ongoing support for Australia's alliance with the United States.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 10, 2018, with the headline 'Australia seeks Plan B as trust in US falters'. Print Edition | Subscribe