Aug 06, 2020 08:14 UTC
  • US-China war no longer inconceivable: Australia PM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says war between the United States and China is "no longer inconceivable."

He made the comments in an online address from the Australian capital, Canberra, on Wednesday amid rising tensions between Washington and Beijing.

"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," Morrison said at the Aspen Security Forum.

The Australian premier further asserted that finding allies in the region is a "critical priority" for Canberra.

"Today, the Indo-Pacific is the epicenter of strategic competition. Tensions over territorial claims are growing," he said. "We have to take an optimistic attitude but not an unrealistic or naive attitude. We've got to set out and wed ourselves to the objectives here and that is not the suppression or containment of any one state, it's about the productive and strategic balance that can be achieved," he added.

Morrison voiced hope that, despite tensions between the US and China, the Canberra-Beijing economic relationship could be pursued.

"What matters is that the trading relationship, the economic relationship is able to be pursued. That is occurring. It has its frustrations from time to time."

The US and China have been at odds over a range of issues; but recently, Washington has taken a markedly more aggressive posture against Beijing.

Washington’s aggressive posturing against Beijing comes shortly before the US presidential election in November.

MG

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