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Last line of defence


With $450bn about to be pared from the US defence budget over the coming decade, America needs to make some clear-sighted decisions if it wants to remain the world’s unrivalled superpower – especially as China’s defence budget is set to grow almost as quickly as the US’s will fall. But the Pentagon has a plan.

First, the US is refocusing on the Asia- Pacific region, China’s backyard. Over the next few years it will open a new US Marine base in the Australian city of Darwin, station warships in Singapore and tighten…


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