Comments on Tomohiko Satake "Japan and Australia ramp up defence engagement in the South China Sea", 28/04/2016
The award of building the 12 submarines for Australia to the French provides the best answer to this post.
I happened to met some people who were doing some jobs for the Australian government and they jokingly put it: "we are back to the Second World War when we were allied with France and fighting against Japan and Germany".
Afterall, history may repeat itself in a crude and unrelenting way! It is ironic, isn't it?
That perhaps summarises the insanity of the former Prime Minister Tony Abbott's earlier failed approach to the big project. Some have said that that was one of the issues that Abbott was seen as unsound and prong to funny and poor judgement.
Were Mr Abbott got his own funny way, Australia would lose out greatly. Some may say that Australia's interest would be sold out.