Submarines from Japan or not?

Hugh White, Defence scholar at ANU, argues that Australia needs to carefully consider the strategic implications of a submarine deal with Japan. An alliance relationship with Japan could seriously jeopardise Australia’s relationship with China and endanger our entire future in Asia (Sydney Morning Herald, 15 March 2016). Read it here.

Murray McLean, Chair of the Australia-Japan Foundation and a Member of the Board of the Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee, argues that the submarine deal should instead be awarded to the highest bidder and Australia need not lend so much weight to strategic considerations (The Australian, 29 March 2016). Read it here.

Amanda Vanstone, former Howard Government minister, cautions against a submarine deal with Japan, noting potential issues with a lack of due process and consultation, unproven record of Australia-Japan defence procurement, historic lack of technology and jobs transfers, and the strategic risk of damaging our China ties (Sydney Morning Herald, 11 April 2016). Read it here.