Tensions Grow Between China and Australia Over Taiwan

Australia have raised concerns over China’s continued show over dominance towards Taiwan. Last week, China continued its military harassment of Taiwan, by flying a continued number of jets over the country.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has continued to promise the “peaceful reunification” of the self-ruled territory. However, any attempt of China to take control of Taiwan would undermine the peace of the entire Pacific region.

Australia, America and the UK have entered into a historic security pact, which has been seen as a counter to the Chinese show of aggression in the region.

Taiwan’s President  has spoken of a hypothetical invasion of China.  “If Taiwan were to fall, the consequences would be catastrophic for regional peace and the democratic alliance system,” wrote President Tsai Ying-wen in Foreign Affairs. “It would signal that in today’s global contest of values, authoritarianism has the upper hand over democracy.”

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