Military buildup alarms Chinese

Australia's plan to extend its strategic striking power with a fleet of long-range silent submarines equipped with cruise missiles has raised concerns in China and sparked fears of a new arms race in Asia.

The decision to build the 12 new submarines, announced in the weekend's defence white paper, is a key element in a swing to naval strategic power that will also see three air defence destroyers and a new class of eight heavy frigates equipped with cruise missiles.