World Baffled by Australia’s Belligerence

As relations between Australia and China continue to sour, other countries have admitted they’re baffled by Australian’s warlike behavior.

News Report by Natalie Wolfe / May 7, 2021

Nations around the world continue to express disbelief at the way Australia is handling its fraught relationship with China, with the US now joining the chorus.

Reporters for CNN, one of the biggest news companies in the US, this week penned an article about the escalating conflict between Australia and the global superpower.

“For a country with a much smaller military and no nuclear weapons, Australia is suddenly hinting an awful lot about a war with China,” the CNN article said.

On Tuesday, it was revealed that one of Australia’s top generals told troops last year there was a “high likelihood” of war with China.

Major-General Adam Findlay gave the candid and confidential briefing to Australia’s special forces soldiers last year, according to a report in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

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General Findlay, who has since stepped down but still advises the Australian Defence Force, reportedly said that China was already engaged in “grey zone” warfare and that Australia must prepare for the “high likelihood” it could spill over into actual conflict.

And on Anzac Day, newly appointed Defence Minister Peter Dutton said a conflict with China over Taiwan shouldn’t “be discounted”, and that Australians had to be “realistic” about the tensions between the two nations.

Australia going to war with China is ‘ridiculous’

The CNN article described the idea of Australia going to war against China on it own as “ridiculous”.

China spends 10 times more money on military than Australia does, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

“Plus, China is a nuclear power. Australia is not,” the article said.

Australia and China relations have struggled since our nation called for a public investigation into China and how COVID-19 originated.

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Yun Jiang, the managing editor of the China Story blog at the Australian National University, said a lot of the issues were coming from Australia’s own politicians.

“Focusing on an external enemy has usually been quite effective in uniting public sentiment and rallying around the Government,” she told CNN.

“I think it’s irresponsible for the Government to talk it up like that. War is very serious business.”

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Lijian Zhao responded, “These people are the real troublemakers. I have noticed that many people in Australia have expressed disapproval on social media, saying that such inflammatory language are outrageous and extremely crazy.”

“Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which is on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!” Isaiah 28:1

~ by Joel Huan on May 18, 2021.

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