Australia Vows to Help America Intervene in Taiwan

Canberra says a US intervention is automatically also an Australian intervention

Australia’s defence minister has said it was “inconceivable” that his nation would not support the US in a campaign to defend Taiwan from China, amid rising concerns about Beijing’s increasingly assertive military activity.

In an interview with The Australian newspaper, Peter Dutton said that Chinese leaders had been “very clear about their intent to go into Taiwan” and that Canberra had to improve its ability to deter Beijing and be ready to join the US military if it took action.

“It would be inconceivable that we wouldn’t support the US in an action if the US chose to take that action,” [Which sounds a lot like DC gets to declare war, not just for the US, but also for Australia.] Dutton said.

His comments came two months after the US, Australia and UK launched a trilateral security partnership that will help Canberra obtain nuclear-powered submarines, an effort viewed as designed to counter China.

“Australia’s rapid strategic realignment on China has been stunning,” said Eric Sayers, a security expert at the American Enterprise Institute. “We are now seeing a level of shared tactical clarity emerge in Washington, Canberra and Tokyo on the criticality of stability in the Taiwan Strait.”

Dutton’s comments also came days after Paul Keating, the former Australian prime minister, said Taiwan was “not a vital Australian interest” and that Canberra should not be drawn into a conflict with Beijing over the island.

Last month, President Joe Biden vowed to defend Taiwan from a Chinese attack. The White House rolled back the comments, which appeared to upend “strategic ambiguity”, a longstanding US policy under which Washington does not say explicitly whether it would intervene in a military conflict over Taiwan.

The policy is intended to prevent Taiwan from taking action that would trigger a Chinese attack while deterring Beijing from military action against the country, over which it claims sovereignty. Biden’s comments marked the second time this year that he suggested Washington would defend Taipei.

The issue of Taiwan is expected to loom over a virtual meeting on Monday between Biden and China’s president Xi Jinping to address challenges in the relationship between their countries.

In a phone call on Saturday ahead of the leaders’ meeting, China’s foreign minister Wang Yi warned Antony Blinken, US secretary of state, against supporting Taiwan’s independence, according to Chinese state media.

The US has been strengthening alliances in Europe and Asia in an effort to present a united front against Beijing. Biden has reinvigorated the “Quad”, a security group that includes Australia, Japan and India.

In July, Taro Aso, then Japan’s deputy prime minister, said a conflict over Taiwan would pose an existential threat that would require Japan and the US to “defend Taiwan together”.

Source: Financial Times

  1. ken says

    Too funny…. A bunch of comical fascist nations that depend on China for most of their manufacturing threatening that nation with war. (lol)

    As for the Australians…. They won’t even fight for freedom in their own despotic now POS country but claim they will for Taiwan!

    I need another drink!

    1. Mr Reynard says

      Ken . You have to comprehend that Aus PM, Premiers are only the monkeys but, guess who’s the Organ Grinder ??

    2. guest says

      Didn’t Australia also help the U.S. to defend South Vietnam from communism ?

      1. Rabbitnexus says

        They didn’t want our help either. We never learn. Our leaders are idiots and criminals. Why can’t we just hang them all and start again?

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  3. Helga Weber says

    Interesting video on China:

  4. Cap960 says

    Warmongers got their Royal behinds kicked in Afghanistan now they want to go after China…this illusion of grandeur must end.

  5. Ultrafart the Brave says

    “Dutton’s comments also came days after Paul Keating, the former Australian prime minister, said Taiwan was “not a vital Australian interest” and that Canberra should not be drawn into a conflict with Beijing over the island.”

    Paul Keating is a former Prime Minister, a smart man and a realist – someone who actually gives a rat’s arse about Australia’s national interests.

    Dutton, on the other hand, is one of the current Australian political class who have sold their souls to the Satanic Globalists.

    Dutton is a f*cking psycopath who would make Hannibal Lecter proud.

    When the Nuremburg 2 trials eventually get under way, scum like Dutton will hang from a lamp post just like the rest of them.

    1. Rabbitnexus says

      he was a ratbag at the time, and he did some bad things to our banking system and towards globalising us as it turned out, at the time removing barriers to foreign com,petition. Still like a good wine he has aged well. So did Malcolm Fraser in the end. Just in time to go to his grave called an anti-Semite. Pity they didn’t do much when they had a chance though all the same.

  6. Raptar Driver says

    Ha! That’s not a nuclear missile, this is a nuclear missile and it’s coming straight for us!
    Ahhh shit, we are all dead!

  7. Rabbitnexus says

    Loudmouthed fuckwits! I’m as Australian as a white man can be and they can count me out of such madness/

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