When it comes to China, Australia pushes its luck

2022-06-28 0 By

According to a report on the Australian website on April 6, Barnaby Joyce, Australia’s deputy Prime Minister, said it was imperative for Australia to have hypersonic weapons in the future.Australia and the United Kingdom and the United States have announced new trilateral cooperation on hypersonic and anti-hypersonic weapons and electronic warfare capabilities, the report said.These missiles will have nuclear strike capability.The plans follow Russia’s use of such weapons during its war in Ukraine.Mr Joyce also claimed that China’s hypersonic missiles would pose an “existential threat” to Australia.He said Australia needed to be “as strong as possible as quickly as possible”.Separately, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison issued a statement Tuesday night saying he was “pleased” with the progress made in working with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. President Joe Biden.Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce sits in the House of Representatives in Canberra, Australia, June 23, 2021.The report noted that it was the second major defence announcement in a row by Australia.It comes after Defence Minister Peter Dutton announced a massive $3.5 billion military upgrade.This means Australian fighter jets will be equipped with long-range strike missiles years earlier than expected.Darden announced on May 5 to accelerate the purchase of improved weapons and focus on promoting the development of domestic guided weapons production enterprises, reports said.He said accelerated military escalation was necessary given Australia’s complex and challenging strategic environment in the Indo-Pacific region.”China is arming itself with more nuclear weapons,” Dutton said.We have to be realistic about this threat.”Under the military upgrade plan, Australia’s Super Hornet and future F-35AS will be equipped with air-to-ground missiles capable of hitting targets at a range of 900 kilometers by 2024, three years ahead of schedule, the report said.From the same year, hobart class destroyers and Anzac class frigates will be equipped with new Norwegian-made naval attack missiles.Dutton said this would significantly improve Australia’s maritime strike capability years ahead of schedule.Under the plan, US arms industry giants Raytheon and Lockheed Martin Australia will work with three local companies to “rapidly improve” Australia’s ability to maintain and manufacture guided weapons, the report said.China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Thursday that the US, The UK and Australia are promising to provide Australia with nuclear submarines and develop hypersonic weapons under the pretext of maintaining security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, citing the Ukraine crisis.This will not only increase the risk of nuclear proliferation and undermine the international nuclear non-proliferation regime, but also intensify the arms race in the Asia-Pacific and undermine peace and stability in the region.Asia-pacific countries should be on high alert.Zhao Lijian pointed out that the TRILateral security partnership between the US, the UK and Australia is an “Anglo-Saxon” clique, which cannot change the old cold War mentality and bloc politics, and cannot abandon the old routine of inciting military confrontation and throwing oil on fire to “pass the knife”.Their ultimate goal is to create an Asia-Pacific version of NATO that will serve purely to safeguard American hegemony.Of course, asia-pacific countries are firmly opposed to this.Zhao Lijian said, “He who commands others commands himself.”We urge the US, the UK and Australia to face squarely the aspirations of asia-pacific countries for peace, development, cooperation and win-win outcomes, abandon the Cold War mentality and zero-sum game mentality, faithfully fulfill their international obligations, and do more to contribute to regional peace and stability.