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China urges Australia to abide by one-China principle

China urges Australia to abide by one-China principle”

The remarks come as a rift deepens between Australia and China over trade issues and Beijing's approach to Taiwan.

Pezzullo sent out the message to mark Anzac Day, which honors Australia's veterans.

Minister Dutton said given the militarization of bases across the region and animosity between China and Taiwan, conflict "should not be discounted", but Australia will work with its allies to try to maintain peace in the region.

"People need to be realistic about the activity", Dutton added.

Senior Australian opposition lawmaker Bill Shorten described Pezzullo's reference to "drums of war" as "pretty hyperexcited language", saying "I'm not sure our senior public servants should be using that language because I'm not sure what that actually helps except to cause more anxiety".

"I don't think it (conflict) should be discounted", Dutton said in a television interview on the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) when asked whether the prospects of a conflict over Taiwan are growing.

How have Australian politicians reacted to the remarks?

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Military analysts, meanwhile, have warned that Australia is woefully underprepared for any potential conflict, particularly against China.

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Australia's relationship with China, its top trading partner, started to significantly deteriorate in April previous year, when Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for an independent inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus, which was first registered in Wuhan in the country's Hubei province in December 2019.

Australian Home Affairs Secretary Michael Pezzullo said Australia should be ready for war amid ongoing tensions with China, and must do whatever it takes to protect "our precious liberty".

Speaking in Beijing, 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".

China has told Australia that abiding by the "One China" principle is an important part of China-Australia relations in response to comments made by Defence Minister Peter Dutton on the weekend.

What is the rift between Australia and China?

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China deployed its first advanced amphibious assault ship and two other new vessels in a commissioning ceremony attended by President Xi Jinping, local media reported.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne announced last week that Victoria's Belt and Road Initiative agreement with Beijing had been cancelled under new foreign veto powers.

One of Australia's top national security officials has warned that free nations "again hear the beating drums" of war, as military tensions rise in the Asia-Pacific region. The Chinese Embassy in Australia said in a statement the decision would "bring further damage to bilateral relations and will only end up hurting" Australia.



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