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Forbes Releases Statement on Australia's 2016 Defense White Paper
Washington, D.C., March 2, 2016
Contact: Alex Gray (202) 225-6365

       Washington, D.C. – Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee and Co-Chairman of the Congressional China Caucus, released the following statement on Australia’s recently-released 2016 Defense White Paper:

        “Australia’s 2016 Defense White Paper shows admirable strategic foresight regarding the changing security environment in the Asia-Pacific. As China continues its destabilizing behavior in the region, U.S. allies and partners like Australia will become increasingly anxious to strengthen their own defense capabilities along with closer cooperation with the United States. The White Paper’s emphasis on investment in everything from advanced naval capabilities like anti-submarine warfare to  land-based anti-ship cruise missiles show Canberra’s continuing importance as a critical U.S. partner in an unstable region.”





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