Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton said that the country needs to “prepare for war and to be strong as a country, not to cower” to preserve peace while referring to China.
He made the statement on Anzac Day, a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand held on April 25 every year.
According to Australia’s ABC News, Defence Minister Dutton has repeatedly said that the Chinese regime’s ambition is growing to the extent of Nazi Germany before World War II.
The Nazi army at that time annexed European territory and then continued to invade Poland in 1939.
And he said that Beijing today, “through their actions and their words,” is “on a very deliberate course at the moment.”
He said that Australia has to “stand up with countries to stare down any act of aggression” to maintain regional peace.
The U.S. and its allies Australia, New Zealand, and some Pacific island neighbors have recently expressed concerns about the controversial security pact between the Solomon Islands and China.
The deal allows China to send armed forces to the Solomon Islands to help keep social order and warships to make stopovers there.
This month, Australia’s Defense Minister Dutton said that China has already built 20 points of military presence in the South China Sea. Australia is concerned that China would take the same pathway in the Pacific islands.