By arming itself with nuclear powered submarines, along with all the other paraphernalia of war, Australia is not so much arming to protect itself from China, as arming to protect itself from the United States.
With China its largest two-way trading partner, Australia’s is effectively pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into protecting its trade with China, from China.
Why? Because to do otherwise risks incurring the wrath of the United States
That is the tenor of this article by independent Australian author and journalist Caitlin Johnstone which, if you don’t read anything else today, is worth your time.