If the Australian military intervenes in Beijing’s relations with Taiwan, it should better be ready to “sacrifice” its soldiers to an imminent counter attack, said the editor-in-chief of China’s state-affiliated Global Times.
Peter Dutton (Australian Defense Minister) vowed to “support the US in an action if the US chose to take that action”Hu Xijin of Global Times was furious at China’s decision to take Taiwan over, and took to social media to respond.
“If Australian troops come to fight in the Taiwan Straits, it is unimaginable that China won’t carry out a heavy attack on them and the Australian military facilities that support them,” warned Xijin.
Australia should be ready to make sacrifices for Taiwan and the US.
Scott Morrison, the Australian prime minister has been increasingly hostile to China. He has repeatedly made references to war and conflict. The Morrison government has also increased Australia’s cooperation with the United States, damaging its previously good relationship with China – a foreign policy shift that has been criticised by former Australian prime ministers Paul Keating, Kevin Rudd, and Malcolm Turnbull.
Keating stated last week that Australia was in danger. “should not be drawn into a military engagement over Taiwan, US sponsored or otherwise,” pointing out that Taiwan was “not a vital Australian interest.”
Keating also accused Australia’s foreign policy of being influenced by “spooks” at intelligence agencies and compared Morrison’s controversial AUKUS deal with US and UK to obtain nuclear-powered submarines to “throwing a handful of toothpicks at the mountain.”
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