torsdag 2. desember 2021

'NO RETURN': China's warning to 'delusional' Australia

Beijing has again rejected the Morrison government's persistent commentary about China's presence in the Indo-Pacific, branding Defence Minister Peter Dutton as "deluded". Mr Dutton's unwavering, vocal stance on China continued on Friday with a frank address at the National Press Club where he warned of forming "dark clouds" thanks to China "using its increasing power to compel compliance at the cost of respect." "Today we face the most significant change in our strategic environment since the Second World War," he said, adding if China was successful in reunifying Taiwan, the rest of the region would be at a heightened risk.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison backed Mr Dutton's speech, reiterating Australia would “stand up to any form of coercion that occurs” – a move welcomed by Taiwan whose Ministry of Foreign Affairs offered its "sincere gratitude" to the Morrison government.