Australia's 2020 Defence Strategic Update's singular focus on US-China competition fails to account for the greater threat present in South Asia. The recent clash between China and India demonstrates that this region should be a prominent part of Australia's regional defence strategy.
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The debate over Australia’s response to the challenges presented by China often pits pragmatists against proponents of a principles-based approach. While these perspectives may appear to be in conflict, short-run pragmatism could pave the way for a principles-based approach in the future.