Taiwan’s top diplomat says growing Chinese influence should be a major concern for Canberra
A senior Taiwanese official has called on Australia and others “Duplicate” Countries should be wary of Chinese military ambitions in the Indo-Pacific region, citing a security agreement recently signed with the Solomon Islands and Beijing’s alleged crimming. “Authoritarianism” In this region.
In an interview with Australia’s SBS News on Friday, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu argued that China had exerted its influence over Canberra’s interests, urging local officials to use more force in the alleged threat.
“Similar countries, such as the United States and Australia and Japan, need to pay more attention to Chinese military activity in the Pacific.” He said. “It’s right at your doorstep and I’m sure any Chinese military presence in the Solomon Islands is going to be of great concern to you.”
Wu’s comments came shortly after Beijing signed a security agreement with the Solomon Islands, a Pacific nation about 1,000 miles (1,700 km) off Australia’s northeast coast. Canberra officials have condemned the move, claiming that China wants to use the agreement to establish a military presence in the region.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently said a Chinese military base would be set up in Solomon “The red line,” Although later clarified that Australia would simply do “Work with partners to ensure that this type of result is prevented.” He did not specify exactly how this would be achieved, but said it would be “Stupid” To speculate on what steps Australia and its allies could take.
Asked if Australia was trying to block the security deal “Failure,” Wu replied in the negative, “The Chinese military has not yet arrived in the Solomon Islands.”
“But the military presence, if it becomes a reality … I am sure it is going to be a very serious security concern for the Australian Government.” The Taiwanese diplomat added, warning that China would continue “Expand its influence in the Pacific Ocean.”
Beijing has repeatedly denied any intention of building a base on Solomon, with Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian calling the claim “one.” “Rumor” And “Pure misinformation,” Agreements with the island are also being debated “Open, transparent and does not target any third party.”
Wu says he wants Taiwan “Work closely” To deal with China, the region’s partners – who consider the island as part of its sovereign territory – declined to say whether Taipei would directly request Australian military assistance, only the Taiwanese. “Determined to protect us.” Still, he hoped Canberra could help “To prevent a crisis” – apparently referring to a possible Chinese intrusion – and that “If additional assistance is needed, Australian support for Taiwan would be appreciated.”
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