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Australia's Morrison says US-China war no longer inconceivable

作者:admin 2020-08-06

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said his government held a less dramatic view of US-China strategic tensions than a predecessor who warned of a potential "hot war" before US presidential elections in November, but added that a conflict is no longer inconceivable.

Morrison's comments at the Aspen Security Forum on Wednesday came days after former Australian Prime Minister and China scholar Kevin Rudd wrote in the Foreign Affairs journal that the risk of armed conflict between the United States and China in the next three months was "especially high".

Morrison said his administration "expresses it differently and certainly not as dramatically" as Rudd's views. 

But "we've acknowledged that what was previously inconceivable and not considered even possible or likely in terms of those types of outcomes is not considered in those contexts anymore," he said in an online address from the Australian capital, Canberra.

Australia last month said it would boost defence spending by 40 percent over the next 10 years, buying long-range military equipment that will be focused on the Indo-Pacific region, where both Beijing and Canberra are competing for influence.

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