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Is Australia's Defence Minister Peter Dutton playing chicken in the Taiwan Strait?

Jack Waterford
By Jack Waterford
Updated December 31 2021 - 4:25pm, first published 1:00am
Australia's Defence Minister Peter Dutton's commentary on China has been needlessly aggressive. Picture: Keegan Carroll

One can more or less take it as read the United States does not want to go to war with China over Taiwan, even if China's 70-year-old belligerence about reuniting with its rebel province by force comes to actual hostilities. Likewise with Australia, which has recently declared it was prepared to fight alongside Americans and Taiwanese against any takeover. Much as Australia has counselled China against forcible reunion over the years, we have never previously indicated an invasion would be an act of war.

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Jack Waterford

Jack Waterford is a former editor of The Canberra Times.

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