Australia does some strange things in its foreign policies. The latest “security” (read “military”) tieup with Japan is no exception.

Canberra insists that the tieup has no anti-China implication. But a tieup with a Tokyo beset by anti-Beijing dislikes and fears, and which seeks to recruit even such unlikely candidates as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and India into a chain of potential anti-China alliances, cannot be otherwise.

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