If China would stop trying to claim everyone else’s territories as theirs, even going as far to create an artificial island, there would be no need for this. As it is, there is a need for this.
China is building massive ports and infrastructure on the Pacific islands as stepping stones to Australia. The islanders think China is doing them a big favour but they’ll only learn when it’s way too late that there is a quid pro quo they weren’t told about. Australia still hasn’t woken up to the fact it’s only use is as an aircraft carrier for the USA.