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Australian official warns drums of war are beating

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Publish date: Tue, 27 Apr 2021, 03:45 PM
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CANBERRA - One of Australia's most senior security officials has said liberal democracies must brace for war while searching for peace amid elevated global tensions.

Home Affairs Department Secretary Mike Pezzullo said the possibility of war was increasing.

"Today, as free nations again hear the beating drums and watch worryingly the militarisation of issues that we had, until recent years, thought unlikely to be catalysts for war, let us continue to search unceasingly for the chance for peace while bracing again ... for the curse of war," Pezzullo said in a letter to staff on Anazac Day, which honours the country's war dead.

Pezzullo did not specify the catalyst for his warning but it follows a sharp deterioration in Australia's relationship with China and a rise in regional tensions over Taiwan.

Australian Defence Minister Peter Dutton said on Sunday that a conflict involving China over Taiwan "should not be discounted".

Australia's opposition Labor party criticised Pezzullo's comments.

"I think that is pretty hyper-excited language and I am not sure our senior public servants should be using that language," Labor party lawmaker Bill Shorten told Australia's Channel 9.

China claims Taiwan as its own territory and has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under Beijing's control.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said he hoped Australia was aware of the sensitive nature of the issue and could "avoid sending any wrong signal to Taiwan independence forces".

 


  - Reuters

 

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stockraider

Raider already says China will not do anything on Taiwan & will leave Taiwan alone for the next 10 years mah!

Just that USA want to kepoh loh!

But if Taiwan is silly enough to declare independence China will certainly invade loh!

The ball is at Taiwan feet to be a good boy loh!

2021-07-19 12:39

GrowingRich

typical stockraider boloh s00hai booullkrapping

2021-07-19 15:03

GrowingRich

yim kai sin ka lan

2021-07-19 15:03

stockraider

China is Great loh!

2021-07-19 15:04

ProsperousRealm

cool move

2021-07-19 19:58

GoldenHarvest1

China better leave before China is forced to leave

2021-07-19 20:53

stockraider

USA no balls better leave South China SEA 1st lah!

2021-07-19 23:21

FortuneBlooming

stockraider talking kock again

2021-07-20 13:08

FortuneBlooming

as usual

2021-07-20 13:08

stockraider

Fortuneblooming boloh loh!

2021-07-20 13:15

WealthSoWonderful

Phillipine coast guard drove away China warship from West Philippines Sea

https://news.abs-cbn.com/video/news/07/19/21/philippine-coast-guard-china-warship-marie-louise-bank

2021-07-21 00:16

stockraider

U see china love peace...even philipine outdated coast guard...china also give face mah!

2021-07-21 11:54

BountyOfTheBourse

China now making enemies with everybody on every side

2021-07-21 13:50

BountyOfTheBourse

Just like Germany in late 1930s to mid 1940s

2021-07-21 13:50

stockraider

No lah...Modern china never attack any nations to occupy it unlike Nazi Germany loh!

Posted by BountyOfTheBourse > Jul 21, 2021 1:54 PM | Report Abuse

Just like Germany in late 1930s to mid 1940s

2021-07-21 14:30

winterwolf

Dogs on a leash will never know what freedom is.
Barking is all they can do.

The enemy of the dog owner is the dog enemy, but when the enemy fed the dog well, the dog get confused and goes quiet, too bad, some strays still bark here, wanting very hard to be leashed, no luck though, strays are unwanted.


Posted by BountyOfTheBourse > Jul 21, 2021 1:50 PM | Report Abuse

China now making enemies with everybody on every side

2021-07-21 14:37

stockraider

A well train dogs does not simply bark, he understand what is real freedom mah!

This how the china people behave very well, they know how to manage a good nation unlike the west simply bark with all sorts of fake news loh!

The western are just hypocrite n simply undiscipline bark everywhere loh!

Posted by winterwolf > Jul 21, 2021 2:37 PM | Report Abuse

Dogs on a leash will never know what freedom is.
Barking is all they can do.

The enemy of the dog owner is the dog enemy, but when the enemy fed the dog well, the dog get confused and goes quiet, too bad, some strays still bark here, wanting very hard to be leashed, no luck though, strays are unwanted.


Posted by BountyOfTheBourse > Jul 21, 2021 1:50 PM | Report Abuse

China now making enemies with everybody on every side

2021-07-21 14:43

ProsperousRealm

France ready to join in toward upholding UNCLOS in SCS

https://youtu.be/V3W0Ky4oqPw

2021-07-22 00:36

qqq3333

Post removed.Why?

2021-07-22 00:59

Sslee

There are three weird responses to this reference. In the first place, UNCLOS has no right to rule on sovereignty. It is up to another global court to decide (Court of Justice).

The second weird response is that the US government has not officially approved the United Nation Convention of Law of the Sea yet.

The third weird response is that UNCLOS was formed in 1994, 47 years after China first drew the 11-dashed lines.

And by the way can the world keep a blind eye on US and UK show of ultra contempt to Court of Justice?

On 23 June 2017, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted in favour of referring the territorial dispute between Mauritius and the UK to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in order to clarify the legal status of the Chagos Islands archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The motion was approved by a majority vote with 94 voting for and 15 against.[11][12]

In February 2019, the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled that the United Kingdom must transfer the islands to Mauritius as they were not legally separated from the latter in 1965. The UK Foreign Office said the ruling is not legally binding.[13] In May 2019, the United Nations General Assembly affirmed the decision of the International Court of Justice and demanded that the United Kingdom withdraw its colonial administration from the Islands and cooperate with Mauritius to facilitate the resettlement of Mauritian nationals in the archipelago.[14][15] In a written statement, the U.S. government said that neither the Americans nor the British have any plans to discontinue use of the military base on Diego Garcia.

2021-07-22 07:10

Sslee

The Pedra Branca dispute was a territorial dispute between Singapore and Malaysia over several islets at the eastern entrance to the Singapore Strait, namely Pedra Branca (previously called Pulau Batu Puteh and now Batu Puteh by Malaysia), Middle Rocks and South Ledge. The dispute began in 1979 and was largely resolved by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 2008, which opined that Pedra Branca belonged to Singapore and Middle Rocks belonged to Malaysia. Sovereignty over South Ledge belongs to the state in the territorial waters of which it is located.

Yes Malaysia abide by the ICJ rulling.

UNCLOS has no right to rule on sovereignty otherwise many Greek Islands will belong to Turkey.

2021-07-22 07:32

Junichiro

Essentially, the US n UK are saying all countries must comply with UN rulings but they themselves would not comply any UN rulings.

2021-07-22 08:49

stockraider

THATS WHY THEY ARE TRUE HYPOCRITE MAH!

Posted by Junichiro > Jul 22, 2021 8:49 AM | Report Abuse

Essentially, the US n UK are saying all countries must comply with UN rulings but they themselves would not comply any UN rulings.

2021-07-22 10:50

GrowingRich

yah geh

2021-07-24 00:16

GrowingRich

according to you only lor

2021-07-24 00:16

GrowingRich

you see ...

2021-07-24 01:01

GrowingRich

Japan has now officially dumped the so called 'One China' policy

https://youtu.be/GW-dQ-Vqu9o

2021-07-24 01:01

Sslee

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japan-clarifies-no-change-in-position-after-pm-suga-angers-china-by-calling-taiwan-a

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TOKYO - There is "no change" in Japan's position towards Taiwan, top government spokesman Katsunobu Kato said on Friday (June 11), two days after Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga stoked China's fury by calling Taiwan a "country".

Mr Kato told reporters that "there is no change in Japan's basic position of maintaining a non-governmental, practical relationship with Taiwan", in line with the 1972 Japan-China Communique.

2021-07-24 07:07

Sslee

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan%E2%80%93China_Joint_Communiqu%C3%A9
The Joint Communique of the Government of Japan and the Government of the People's Republic of China was signed on September 29, 1972 in Beijing. This established and normalized diplomatic relations between Japan and the People's Republic of China (PRC) resulted in the severing of official relations between Japan and the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan. The document produced nine articles in a joint statement which found a compromise in previously ambiguous principles enunciated by both sides. Four points are worthy of attention: 1) peace treaty between Japan and China, 2) the status of Taiwan, 3) the question of hegemony in East Asia, and 4) Japan's reversed relations with China and Taiwan. In the end, the document ended the "abnormal relations between Japan and China", recognized the People's Republic of China as the "sole government of China", and renounced any claim for war reparations from World War II. In addition, it concluded various administrative agreements between the two countries in trade, fisheries, aviation, and navigation amongst others.[1] The document firmly maintains its stance under Article 8 of the Potsdam Declaration.

2021-07-24 07:11

stockraider

No problem mah!

If Japan chose to be hostile, that is a very good excuse for China to whack Japan mah!

Bcos military Japan is weak compare to China & Russia loh...!

China can attack from mid & south whereas allies Russia can attack from north loh!

China can seek revenge due to Japan past bad deeds done to china loh!

Posted by GrowingRich > Jul 24, 2021 1:01 AM | Report Abuse

Japan has now officially dumped the so called 'One China' policy

https://youtu.be/GW-dQ-Vqu9o

2021-07-24 07:34

GoldenHarvest1

ha ha

2021-07-24 12:25

GoldenHarvest1

in your dreams only, dude

2021-07-24 12:25

stockraider

U CAN ASK BACK THE SAME QUESTION THE SAME QUESTION, WHY TEXAS CANNOT BE A COMMUNIST STATE LIKE CUBA LEH ?

Posted by GoldenHarvest1 > Jul 24, 2021 12:25 PM | Report Abuse

democracy in Tibet is inevitable

https://www.deccanherald.com/international/democracy-is-inevitable-in-...

2021-07-24 16:30

FortuneBlooming

US, Japan & South Korea offer Taiwan support after China incursions

https://youtu.be/6xFTzRIt2kw

2021-07-25 00:43

FortuneBlooming

correct response

2021-07-25 00:44

FortuneBlooming

well done

2021-07-25 00:44

stockraider

China is powerful & Great loh!

2021-07-25 08:49

BountyOfTheBourse

the usual kokk talk from stockraider

2021-07-26 18:52

BountyOfTheBourse

what else is new

2021-07-26 18:53

GoldenHarvest1

UK, US & Dutch warships ignore China warnings & enter SCS

https://youtu.be/PzDJbmWjRSw

2021-07-28 12:50

GoldenHarvest1

yep

2021-07-28 12:50

GoldenHarvest1

freedom of navigation & overflight on international maritime waters must always be defended, at all costs

2021-07-28 12:51

stockraider

Stand with China the new number 1 superpower of the world loh!

China excel in;

1. Economics...it is already number 1 in the world base on purchasing power parity loh!

2. Sports...it is already number 1 in the world base on gold won todate in Tokyo olympic mah!

3. Military...it is number 3 after Usa and Russia loh!

4. Science & Technology...some area China already ahead of Usa loh!

5. Base Citizen Happy Index- China in number 1 far ahead of USA, Japan and Germany mah!

6. Quality of Education China is ahead of USA loh!

CHINA WILL BE GREATEST NATION SOON LOH!

2021-07-31 08:46

GrowingRich

very good

2021-07-31 11:22

stockraider

CHINA IS GREAT MAH!

2021-07-31 11:23

stockraider

Correctloh...this bugger USA is a trouble maker mah!



Posted by king36 > Jul 31, 2021 11:54 AM | Report Abuse

You must have squinted eyes to see China in this light.
USA is the trouble maker all over the world and try to impose her "Exceptionality" and judging pointing finger on everybody whereas the country herself is now in turmoil and has her citizens fighting one another.
Karma is showing there.

2021-07-31 15:14

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