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news.com.au 23 Nov, 2021 21:30 am

China tensions: Dutton warns of reality of threat to Australia

China tensions: Dutton warns of reality of threat to Australia
Defence Minister Peter Dutton has urged Australians to get real about China warning there’s “no point putting our head in the sand” over the risk posed by the emerging superpower.

Responding to China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian claim that he is “driven by selfish political games”, Mr Dutton dismissed the comments as political rhetoric from the Chinese Communist Party.”This is the propaganda of the Communist Party,’’ Mr Dutton said.“The Communist Party at the moment has 355 ships and submarines in her fleet,’’ he said.”I’m not making up the Communist Party’s approach to Taiwan.

” Mr Dutton said the Chinese Communist Party had been “clear” on its intentions with Taiwan.”I think if you look at what’s happening in the Indo-Pacific at the moment and you see the ramp up by the Communist Party of China, we need to be realistic about the threat now and over the course of the next couple of decades,’’ he said.

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