Peter Dutton takes an extraordinary swipe at China and Russia amid invasion concerns: ‘Bullies’
Peter Dutton takes an extraordinary swipe at China and Russia amid concerns over invasion
- Defense Secretary called on Australia and its allies to join forces to ‘deter bullies’
- Speak out against China and Russia ahead of a strategic meeting between Australia and the UK
- “We can deter bullies and people who want to harm,” Dutton said
Peter Dutton has lashed out at China and Russia when he called on Australia to join forces with its allies and “deter bullies”.
The Defense Secretary spoke out against the two world powers ahead of a strategic meeting with UK officials on Friday.
“If we can bring together strong friends, I think we can deter bullies and people who want to harm a country,” he said.
His comments came as China stepped up its military activities in the Indo-Pacific region and concerns grew that Russia is preparing to invade Ukraine.
Peter Dutton has labeled China and Russia as ‘bullying’ countries ahead of key strategic meeting between Australian and UK officials
“The UK is a family as we know it, and they are a reliable partner,” he said. We’ve fought them for generations.’
Dutton said “thousands will die” unless European countries prevent a Russian “incursion into Ukraine.”
The US said this week it believes there could be a Russian invasion of Ukraine any moment, with Moscow significantly bolstering its troops in the region.
“It affects the whole world when you see Russia act the way it does, it encourages other dictatorships to do the same,” he said.
‘Certainly if there is no pushback from the rest of the world.’
Dutton aimed a week after Australia announced it would spend more than $3.5 billion to buy 120 tanks and other armored vehicles from the US.
The vehicles will be put into service in 2025.
A convoy of Russian armored vehicles drives along a highway in Crimea on January 18. The US said this week it believes there could be a Russian invasion of Ukraine at any moment
Australia was also forced to pursue nuclear submarines because of China’s military build-up in the South China Sea and nearby Papua New Guinea, raising fears of war.
In recent years, communist China has built military bases in the South China Sea and terrorized smaller Asian countries like the Philippines and Vietnam with a series of naval exercises.
James Reilly, an associate professor of Northeast Asian Politics at the University of Sydney, said the arms race between China on the one hand and Australia-US on the other could lead to war in this part of the Pacific.
Chinese soldiers march next to the entrance to the Forbidden City on May 21. China has stepped up its military activity in the Indo-Pacific region
“Personally, I am very concerned about what we call in international relations, security dilemmas where both sides to a dispute take more and more measures they deem reasonable and defensive, but the other side responds in kind,” he told the Daily Mail. Australia.
“We end up with spirals of increasing military, military build-up, mistrust and increasing war risk.
‘The risk of war increases as countries arm each other more.’
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