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Australia's defense review can't take the place of security strategy

Potential impact of ambitious arms programs undefined

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Australia's foreign policy moved from a "pragmatic" position of not choosing sides to effectively going all-in with the American view that China is a threat.   © Reuters

Nick Bisley is dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and professor of international relations at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Rebecca Strating is an associate professor of politics and international relations at La Trobe and director of La Trobe Asia.

The cancellation of the Quad leadership summit that was to be held this week in Sydney has called into question the reliability of the U.S. as a regional partner. This is particularly troubling news for Australia, a U.S. ally that has increasingly sought to anchor Washington in the Indo-Pacific region.

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