Amid rising tensions between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned of a possible war scenario in the run-up to the U.S. presidential election scheduled for November.
Morrison was responding to an article by former leader Kevin Rudd who said on Monday Aug. 3, that a ‘hot war’ between the superpowers could break out for the first time since the end of the Korean War in 1953.
“Our defense update expresses it differently and certainly not as dramatically, as Kevin has,” Morrison said during an interview with the American think tank, the Aspen Institute, according to The Daily Mail.
“But we have 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 added.
Morrison disagreed with the position of many in Washington who claim that the United States is in a new Cold War with CCP, adding, “circumstances are different.”
As The Indian Express noted, Australia and the United States share a bilateral security treaty, as well as an alliance with India and Japan through the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, which the Chinese Communist Party views with suspicion.
As a result of a call from Australia for independent research into the origins of and responses to the CCP Virus, trade relations between the CCP and Australia have reached new lows.
As the Daily Mail noted, the CCP responded by imposing tariffs of up to 80 percent on Australian barley, imposed a suspension on beef imports, and asked tourists not to travel to Australia in an apparent effort to damage its economy.
Morrison noted that he had met with Chinese dictator Xi Jinping since they had held talks in the run-up to the G-20 summit in Japan in June last year.
“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,” Morrison said.
Last month Australia announced it would spend $270 billion over the next 10 years to bolster the country’s defense with state-of-the-art equipment including long-range missiles and new artillery systems.
In mid-June, Australia accused the CCP of carrying out a massive cyberattack on the country amid ongoing disputes between the two.
Then this month Australia unveiled six warships in the South China Sea to carry out training operations before the big show of force in the region with the U.S. Navy.
Instability in the region also persists because of the ongoing dispute between India and the Chinese communist Party in the Himalayan mountains, which has so far left at least 20 soldiers dead.