Defensive remarks

“We want a good relationship with China but we’re not going to be subservient or cower to them”


Australia’s Defence Minister Peter Dutton tells a local television channel that “My judgment is that President Xi wants a tributary state arrangement with Australia”. Dutton also described Australia’s military position as being as “dire” as it had been in the lead-up to the Second World War. He made his stark remarks in the wake of China’s recent security deal with the Solomon Islands.

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