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China editor taunts Australian defense chief for backing U.S. on Taiwan

Peter Dutton's comments on Beijing and Washington drew a hawkish response from Communist Party tabloid the Global Times.

10/27/2021 11:08:00 PM

Peter Dutton's comments on Beijing and Washington drew a hawkish response from Communist Party tabloid the Global Times.

Peter Dutton's comments on Beijing and Washington drew a hawkish response from Communist Party tabloid the Global Times.

Kevin Dietsch/Getty ImagesTheGlobal Timessaid the government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison was now making"real war preparations," citing the AUKUS security pact with the U.S. and U.K. that was announced in September. The editorial also taunted Canberra by quoting analysis that Australia's military was incapable of winning a war with China"and its economy couldn't survive a war with China."

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The state-owned tabloid questioned America's credentials as Australia's"best friend," jeering:"But a genuine best friend won't instigate Australia to confront the latter's biggest trading partner and its top export destination, nor will a true best friend attempt to weaponize Australia, encouraging it to become cannon fodder in a military conflict with China."

Asked in the Sky News Australia interview about previous jibes from Chinese propaganda outfits, Dutton said:"I think they make the case for us. I think their comments are counterproductive and immature and, frankly, embarrassing."He went on:"So, what does Australia want? We want sustained peace in our region; we want that stability. Canberra needed to"make sure that that endures," he said.

AUKUS, which will help Australia gain its first fleet of nuclear-powered submarines, has been welcomed in parts of the region. But Beijing has led opposition to the agreement. In Australia, there are also fears that the pact will fuel an arms race.Asked whether aligning so closely with the U.S. left Australia vulnerable to China, Dutton said:"I think we made that statement 70 years ago and probably 100 years ago. I mean, we've been with the United States and with the U.K. through every major battle in the 20th century.

"And we have a great obligation over the next century to make sure that we deepen that collaboration, because it is the underpinning of our national security," he added."There's no sense in us pretending that if we bought 100 subs tomorrow, we could compete with a superpower like China."

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