By Caleb Fotheringham
Australia’s foreign affairs minister says the Indo-Pacific region has become more dangerous and volatile.
Penny Wong, speaking in King’s College University in London, urged all countries to ask how it could use its national power to avert a catastrophic conflict.
She said the Indo-Pacific region is home to the largest military build-up in the world in the post-war period.
“Our region is home to the largest military build-up anywhere in the world in that period, with limited transparency and reassurance,” she said.
“North Korea conducted more than 60 ballistic missile launches last year. And last August, five Chinese ballistic missiles were reported to have fallen in Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
“If conflict were to break out in the Indo-Pacific, it would be catastrophic – for our people and our prosperity.