Morrison Signals End To Strategic Ambiquity on Taiwan


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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. (Archives)



Prime Minister Scott Morrison has embraced Communist China's idea of the so-called one-China concerning Taiwan.

In a surprising move, Mr. Morrison appeared to drift away from the traditional Australian position on Taiwan akin to the US view. Both countries shared the position of the strategic ambiguity, a non-disclosure of whether the country would intervene had China would invade the island.

Prime Minister has reaffirmed remarks made May 6 in which he said Australia followed a one country, two systems approach to Taiwan - a governing system used in Hong Kong that's widely unpopular in Taipei. Asked by SBS News on Wednesday last week whether he had made a mistake, Morrison repeated the assertion.

What we know is that we have a situation with China where we have recognised - we have recognised - how they see these relationships within the region, and particularly in relation to Taiwan, formerly Hong Kong and things of that nature, Mr. Morrison told SBS.

And so Australia understands that and that's always been the basis of our policies, he emphasised.

Mr. Morrison's remarks shocked defence specialists in the United States who wondered whether pro-Chinese Australian oligarchs are reasserting their influence on the ruling party in the election year. But no one has doubts that such a statement will not be unnoticed by the strategic allies of Taiwan.

 

     

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