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Why are Australian officials hinting at war with China?

May 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The Australian government's words may reflect real concerns about the possibility of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan -- a conflict that could ultimately involve the entire Asia region and even the US.

(CNN)For a country with a much smaller military and no nuclear weapons, Australia is suddenly hinting an awful lot about a war with China.

On April 25, the symbolic date of Anzac Day, when Australia honors its war dead, newly appointed Defense Minister Peter Dutton said a conflict with China over Taiwan shouldn't "be discounted," adding that Australians needed to be "realistic" about tensions around the region.

The idea of Australia fighting a war against China on its own is ridiculous.

The Australian government has moved to confront Beijing over allegations of human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, and Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian has joined a chorus of state-run media highlighting Australia's poor human rights record on refugees and Indigenous Australians.

But much of the war-like rhetoric from Australia is actually driven by domestic politics, said Yun Jiang, managing editor at the Australian National University's Center on China in the World.

An Indian court compared the death of Covid-19 patients due to oxygen shortages to "genocide. " The Pentagon is tracking a Chinese rocket set to reenter Earth's atmosphere this weekend. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte reportedly told his Cabinet that only he can swear in public, after a minister told China to "get the f**k out" of Philippines waters. New Zealand lawmakers will debate human rights abuses in Xinjiang Wednesday, but must avoid the word "genocide" at the ruling Labour Party's insistence, says opposition party. Meanwhile in China, the number of women who say they regret getting married has more than doubled since 2012, according to a new government survey.

When the European Union and China signed a preliminary investment agreement in December, after years of negotiation and against a last minute lobbying effort by Washington, it seemed like a diplomatic coup for Beijing.

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