China navy build up says Rudd

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 PM flags major naval build-up in response to Asian arms race

Matthew Franklin, Chief political correspondent | September 10, 2008
KEVIN Rudd has foreshadowed a dramatic expansion of the Royal Australian Navy to counter a military build-up being bankrolled by Asia's growing economic prosperity.

The Prime Minister last night warned that nations across Asia were modernising their military forces, particularly with more powerful jet fighters and submarines, and that Australia must respond with its own upgrade.

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