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Mon Apr 26, 2021, 01:26 PM

China-Australia Tensions Escalate as Beijing Warns They Must Recognize Highly Sensitive Taiwan Issue

The tensions between China and Australia have escalated after Beijing warned that Australia must recognize the "highly sensitive" issue over Taiwan.

While speaking to reporters on Monday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said, "We are willing to do our best to strive for the prospect of peaceful reunification, but we will never leave any space for 'Taiwan independence' separatist activities in any form.

"It is hoped that the Australian side will fully recognize that the Taiwan question is highly sensitive, abide by the one-China principle, be prudent in its words and deeds, avoid sending any wrong signals to the 'Taiwan independence' separatist forces, and act in ways beneficial to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and conducive to China-Australian relations."

The comments by Wenbin come shortly after Australia's defense minister Peter Dutton suggested that the possibility of a conflict involving China and Australia over Taiwan should not be discounted, amid reports of China having plans to expand its military authority in the region.


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