Australia now faces “the possibility of a very intense conflict in our immediate strategic environment,” a leading defense expert warned, following what was described as a “significant escalation” by China against Taiwan.
Talk to ABC 7.30 On the programme, Australian National University Professor Emeritus of Strategic Studies Paul Dib said, “Within four years, [the government] Transformed from trust in 10 years or more [of] Time to warn of a major threat…[to] Acknowledging that the time for warning is over.
“We are now faced with the prospect of a very intense conflict in our immediate strategic environment,” added Professor Depp, former Director of the Defense Intelligence Organization and former Deputy Secretary of Strategy and Intelligence at the Department of Defense.
“Let’s be very frank, it’s [a] A symbolic name for a particular country to the far north.
In the past 72 hours, Beijing launched a missile – for the first time ever – directly over the democratic island nation of 24 million people, as part of a show of force after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan – a move by Chinese authorities considered a provocation.
But they weren’t the only shots fired – China’s aggression turned to the United States and its allies, including Australia.
Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Hua Chunying has thrown Australia into chaos with a few short sentences that would have caught the attention of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
Speaking after Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong said Beijing’s actions were “extremely worrying”, “disproportionate and destabilizing”, Ms Hua blamed “the United States and its parties” for bringing the world closer to war.
“Our countermeasures are necessary as a warning to the instigators and as a step to support our sovereignty and security,” she said.
Now the United States and its comrades have spoken out, accusing China of “overreacting”.
But if they were truly interested in regional peace and stability, why didn’t they stand up and try to convince Pelosi earlier? Could they not have seen this coming and prevented it?
“I hope the United States and a handful of its ‘comrades’ realize that if they respect the principle of democracy, they must hear and respect the voice of more than 1.4 billion Chinese.
Professor Deeb said that amid rising tensions 7.30 The question now is how committed Australia is to defending Taiwan.
“I’ve been there four times in the last eight years – it’s a vibrant democracy with 24 million people on an island – you should ring the bell – 24 million on a small island half the size of Tasmania,” he said.
If we were to refuse to join the United States, it would frankly mean the end of the ANZUS alliance.
China is an aggressive and tyrannical communist power. according to [Chinese President] Xi Jinping, it is now time on the side of the People’s Republic of China to avenge the century of humiliation of the nineteenth century, and to seize the leading power in our region from the United States.”
Author Greg Sheridan echoed the sentiment in Saturday’s article for Australiandeclaring that what China did this week was to move the world “a few steps away from war” – a war he described as “unimaginable consequences between the two superpowers of the world.”
“We’re probably still a long way from war,” Sheridan wrote, “but war is getting closer, it’s becoming possible, and it’s more conceivable.”
“Chinese Navy warships and combat aircraft conducted live-fire military exercises at six or seven locations forming a circle around the island of Taiwan.”
Asked what would serve as deterrence against China, Professor Dib said Australia needed more missiles and more Americans, but fewer personnel carriers for the army.
“We should be able to very quickly obtain massive numbers of long-range strike missiles,” he said.
“By long term I don’t mean just a few hundred kilometres, I mean thousands of kilometres, certainly at least 2,000.”
He explained that long-range missiles could “quickly give us much more advanced capabilities” to deter advances from the North.
Originally published because Australia faces real threat of ‘heavy conflict’ with China, experts warn