fredag 17. september 2021

Australia dismisses China ‘outbursts’ and flags plans for more US military on home soil

Australia has dismissed “outbursts” from China over its decision to develop nuclear-powered submarines and flagged plans for more US military deployments. The Chinese embassy in Canberra has in turn accused the Australian government of “sliding further down on the road of harming China-Australia relations” and of lacking independence from the US. Speaking after talks with the Biden administration in Washington, the Australian defence minister, Peter Dutton, said the nation was a “proud democracy in our region” and “no amount of propaganda can dismiss the facts”.

The Australian government also renewed its request to China to resume high-level talks – an offer the foreign affairs minister, Marise Payne, said “mature actors” would be prepared to take up. Dutton and Payne joined their US counterparts for the annual dialogue known as Ausmin – the first since the Biden administration took office – but it was overshadowed by the fallout from the announcement of a new security pact among Australia, the US and the UK.