How the Australian military can help Papua New Guinea and Kiribati to avoid conflict

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is deploying military personnel to Papua New Guinean territory to support the country’s efforts to contain rising tensions in the region.

The Australian government has announced plans to send 1,500 military personnel and a small number of Australian civilian employees to Papua over the next three years.

“The ADF has been working with the Papua NewGuineans government to establish a safe zone around the disputed island of Manus Island and the surrounding waters in the South China Sea,” Australian Defence Secretary David Johnston said in a statement.

“We are working with our partner governments to develop a plan to ensure the security and stability of the area.”

Australian officials have said they will assist Papua New Zealand with security and governance matters, including maritime border management, as well as assisting with disaster relief efforts in the event of a spill of heavy water, which would be exacerbated by a surge in Chinese fishing vessels.

The announcement comes after the United States, Australia’s closest ally, said it would send troops to the disputed waters.

“It’s time for us to come together to find a common way forward to protect and defend our vital interests in the Indo-Pacific,” U.S. President Donald Trump said in an announcement on Sunday.

Australia’s prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, said the government was working with other Pacific Rim countries to deal with the situation on the islands.

“Australia is committed to helping Papua New guinea and Kirigat as we work with our partners in the Asia-Pacific to resolve the situation, which is very dangerous and very destabilising,” Turnbull said.

“As we have been working for the past three months to provide a safe and secure environment for our people and the people of Papua New New Guinea, we will be providing support and assistance in the appropriate circumstances.”

Australia has not declared a military presence in the disputed territories.