The government is forced to make strategic decisions due to “China’s belligerence”

China’s “belligerence” has forced the government to make strategic decisions and increase influence in the Indo-Pacific region, says former Labor adviser Stephen Conroy.

Mr. Conroy’s comments came in response to former Prime Minister Paul Keating’s criticism of AUKUS on Wednesday.

“I would just say to Paul Keating why don’t you talk about what China is doing,” he told Sky News Australia.

“Usually you are a person of great courage, why don’t you talk about China over such things.”