China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian claimed the security partnership announced on Wednesday night risks “damaging regional peace and sta
China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian claimed the security partnership announced on Wednesday night risks “damaging regional peace and stability”. He urged the three nations to “abandon their outdated cold-war, zero-sum mentality”.
Mr Lijian added: “They’ll only end up shooting themselves in the foot.”
The Chinese official also denied it was notified of the arrangements by Australia and insisted Beijing would “monitor the situation closely”.
Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the new defence and security partnership in a joint-statement yesterday evening.
The three leaders stressed the trilateral agreement would help to bring stability and security to the Indo-Pacific region amid the growing influence of China – but neither directly referenced with world superpower.
The first mission will secure nuclear-powered submarines and Tomahawk missiles for the Royal Australian Navy.
China is believed to have up to six nuclear-powered vessels in the Indo-Pacific region.
The new alliance between Australia and the West comes amid a breakdown in ties between Canberra and Beijing.
Relations between Australia and its largest trading partner soured earlier this year following calls for an independent investigation into the origin of coronavirus.
Angered Chinese officials then slapped a raft of crippling tariffs of Australian exports.
This is a developing news story, more to follow.