Australia mocks China’s ‘silly’ AUKUS concerns — Analysis
Australia’s Defense Minister derided a senior Chinese diplomat’s comments as “silly” and “comical,” after the latter dubbed Canberra’s trilateral nuclear-powered submarine pact with the US and UK a threat to peace.
Peter Dutton stated that Wang Xining, acting Chinese Ambassador was interviewed on television Friday “probably reading off a script from the Communist Party”He warned Australia that it would soon become the “naughty guy”If the AUKUS contract was used to procure the stealth combat vessels.
Wang, who is China’s most senior representative to the country after the previous ambassador’s term ended last month, told The Guardian on Thursday that Australia would be labeled a “sabre-wielder”Not a “peace defender.”He claimed that Australia’s public was a good place for him to speak. “should be more worried”About the effects of the security agreement their country had signed with the UK & the US.
There’s zero nuclear capacity, technologically, in Australia, that would guarantee you will be trouble free, that you will be incident free. If anything did happen, would the politicians be willing to make amends to those in Melbourne or Adelaide?
Dutton, however, is not. “dismissed”The comments were countered “most Australians [would]See more [their] non-productive nature.”
“We don’t see it from any other ambassador here in Australia. It’s quite remarkable,”The minister stated to the Nine Network that he added, “this type of diplomacy” was seen elsewhere in the world too.
“These provocative comical statements – it’s just so silly. It’s funny,”He concluded.
Scott Morrison, Australia’s Prime Minister announced that it had reached a deal with eight of the world’s most powerful nuclear-powered ships as part its new defense alliance. France and China were both angered by the agreement. “stabbed in the back”After Canberra unilaterally canceled a multibillion dollar diesel-electric submarine contract, Paris was forced to cancel it.
Dutton made a snide comment to Beijing over the weekend that he couldn’t imagine a scenario in which Australia would not support the US if there was an armed conflict between China and Taiwan. Under its ‘One China’ policy, Beijing has pledged to reunify the island with the mainland.
On Thursday, Wang advised Australian politicians not to do any thing that could be considered illegal. “destructive to our relationship.”
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