A new report by La Trobe University and ANU experts warns that Australia could be drawn into a conflict in the East China Sea due to US alliance and deepening security ties with Japan.
As a dispute over an uninhabited bunch of rocks in the East China Sea ratchets up, the prospect of a resulting Sino-Japanese conflict cannot be taken lightly by Australia.
That’s the stark message behind a new report which looks at the circumstances under which a full-scale conflict between Japan and China over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands could occur, and whether Australia would be dragged into such a fight.
The report takes into account Australia’s commitment to the ANZUS treaty, which binds Australia and the US to cooperate on defence matters in the Pacific Ocean area.
Co-authored by Professor Nick Bisley from La Trobe Asia and Professor Brendan Taylor from the ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Conflict in the East China Sea: would ANZUS apply?, argues that conflict in the region is a very real risk.
Read the entire article here.
Japanese nationalists protest Chinese claims over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. Photo by AFP.