Opposition Foreign Minister Accuses Government of ‘Amping up War’-Daniel Y. Teng

Australia’s Shadow Foreign Minister Penny Wong has accused the government of “amping up” the prospect of war with Beijing over Taiwan and politicising the country’s foreign policy. In remarks to the Australian National University on Nov. 23, Wong outlined the Australian Labor Party’s foreign policy initiatives and pointed out failings in the current government’s approach. On the Taiwan issue, the shadow foreign minister said the position of “strategic ambiguity” around the island’s sovereignty had helped the United States and its allies avert conflict and enable the region to live in “peace and prosperity.” “When (Defence Minister) Peter Dutton talks about it being ‘inconceivable’ that Australians would not ‘join’ a war over Taiwan, he is wildly out of step with the strategy long adopted by Australia and our principal ally,” Wong said. “Amping up the prospect of war against a superpower is the most dangerous election tactic in Australian history. A … Australia’s Shadow Foreign Minister Penny Wong has accused the government of “amping up” the prospect of war with Beijing over Taiwan and politicising the country’s foreign policy. In remarks to the Australian National University on Nov. 23, Wong outlined the Australian Labor Party’s foreign policy initiatives and pointed out failings in the current government’s approach.

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