Monday, May 10, 2021

"China needs to make a plan to deter extreme forces of Australia"

Lifted in toto from the Communist Party/government mouthpiece, Global Times

Given that Australian hawks keep hyping or hinting that Australia will assist the US military and participate in war once a military conflict breaks out in the Taiwan Straits, and the Australian media outlets have been actively promoting the sentiment, I suggest China make a plan to impose retaliatory punishment against Australia once it militarily interferes in the cross-Straits situation. The plan should include long-range strikes on the military facilities and relevant key facilities on Australian soil if it really sends its troops to China's offshore areas and combats against the PLA. In addition to making the plan, China should also reveal this plan through non-official channels to deter the extreme forces of Australia and prevent them from taking the risk and committing irresponsible actions.

China loves peace and will not take the initiative to pick a fight with faraway Australia, but Australian hawks must be clear-minded. If they are bold enough to coordinate with the US to militarily interfere in the Taiwan question and send troops to the Taiwan Straits to wage war with the PLA, they must know what disasters they would cause to their country. China has a strong production capability, including producing additional long-range missiles with conventional warheads that target military objectives in Australia when the situation becomes highly tense.

The author is editor-in-chief of the Global Times.

HT: the FT's Neil Hume, not to be confused with Australia's DJ Neil Hume

If memory serves Australia could become a nuclear power without having to jump through too many IAEA hoops to withdraw from the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, something about Britain bombing the Aussies in the 1950's. Or something.