Australia won’t rule out arming Taiwan against China — RT World News

Defense Minister Peter Dutton compared China’s situation with Taiwan to Russia’s conflict with Ukraine

Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton refused to rule out arming Taiwan against China in the same way the West has armed Ukraine against Russia, saying Australia would do everything possible to “Dissuade China from acts of aggression.”

In an interview with ABC’s Insiders program on Sunday, Dutton claimed China was “accumulate nuclear weapons” and “militarize” and compared the “threatens” from China reclaiming Taiwan to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Asked if Australia would arm Taiwan the same way the West armed Ukraine if China tried to reclaim the island, Dutton said: “Well, I think we are doing everything we can to deter China from acts of aggression in our region.”

“The question is, as is the case in Ukraine right now, if it’s Taiwan, does it stop there?” asked the minister, before quoting former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. “Does that mean China wants to have this tributary state model like Kissinger and others have talked about throughout history in the Indo-Pacific? What does this mean for our trade relations with Malaysia, Vietnam or Indonesia? »

Dutton argued that while there is always “a cost for action”, there is also “cost of inaction” and added, “So for now, our desire is to see peace prevail and to deter any act of aggression, whether it comes from China, Russia or anyone else.”

After interviewer David Speers asked Dutton to give a straight answer about whether Australia would arm Taiwan, Dutton refused to rule anything out, saying the country would. “to take an interest in any of these conflicts or the threat of conflict that serves our national interest.”

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The Minister also said that Australia’s arrangement to obtain nuclear-powered submarines in the near future would send a “very strong message of deterrence” in the Indo-Pacific and he warned that China was “gather enormous forces” In the region.

Asked if Australia would help the United States if it took action against China over Taiwan, Dutton said: “While it is in our national interest to protect our homeland and our allies, we would make that decision at that time as to what was best for our country. interest and there is no point in pretending otherwise.

“We live in very uncertain times and not just in the next few years, but in the next two decades. We want peace to prevail in our region, but you don’t have that peace if you argue from a position of weakness,” he concluded. “Australia needs to be in a strong position. We are in the strongest possible position if we are in the company of great allies like NATO partners.

During the interview, Dutton also revealed that the Australian government would soon announce more about its nuclear submarine deal with the US and UK, and that it would “Acquiring the ability much earlier than” 2040 – the date originally planned.

In November, Dutton said it would be “inconceivable” that Australia not join the United States in taking action against China if Beijing attempts to retake Taiwan by force. The comments sparked outrage in Beijing and Global Times editor Hu Xijin warned Dutton that Australia “better be willing to sacrifice for the island of Taiwan and the United States” if he ever makes such a move.

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