The Sydney Morning Herald reported on April 9 that most Australians regarded Taiwan as an independent country. Moreover, more than two-thirds want Australia to do something if China strikes the island, despite the Australian government’s subscribing to the “One China” policy, which dictates that Taiwan is part of China.

According to a survey by research firm Resolve Strategic, with 1618 eligible voters online. As a result, 65 percent regarded Taiwan as an independent sovereign state, while 9 percent said it was part of China, and 25 percent were undecided. Meanwhile, 67 percent said Australia should do “something” if China were to invade Taiwan.

In Australia, an intense domestic debate about Taiwan erupted last year after former Prime Minister Paul Keating’s remark that Taiwan was not a vital “interest” for the country.

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