Australian opposition confirms US alliance and pays attention to Taiwan’s policy

Australia’s opposition defense spokesperson, Brendan O’Connor, confirmed workers’ commitment to the country’s US alliance and set some of workers’ key national security priorities if elected to the government in May. I outlined it.

“The bond between the United States and Australia cannot be exaggerated. It is a connection formed through our common beliefs, aspirations and democratic values,” O’Connor said on March 16 at the American Research Center in Sydney. Said in a speech to.

“But this friendship between our two countries goes a step further than the similarity of our cultural identities. Relations with the United States are the basis of Australia’s security, sovereignty and prosperity.

“Our alliance is also important for supporting peace, stability and freedom in and beyond the Indo-Pacific region,” he said.

Comments were made when workers responded to Morrison’s criticism that the Labor Party was vulnerable to China, with poor records of defense spending reaching 1.56 percent of GDP when the Labor Party last came to power.

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Australian opposition leader Anthony Albanese responds to Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaking during the question time at the House of Representatives in Canberra, Australia, on August 23, 2021. (Rohan Thomson / Getty Images)

O’Connor reminded the audience that he was under the Wartime Labor government 80 years ago and formed an ANZUS alliance with the United States.

He said this was expanded by the coalition in recent years, confirming workers’ support for the AUKUS security agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom and the “revitalized” Shikoku security dialogue with the United States, Japan and India. did.

“For workers, national security is more important than politics,” he added, adding that such a security alliance is “important in an increasingly difficult world.”

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The Foreign Minister of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will take a group photo during the retreat of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers held in Phnom Penh on February 17, 2022. (AFP via TangChhin Sothy / Getty Images)

“That’s why we advocated the importance of strengthening regional organizations such as ASEAN. That’s why we also support Quad, which is really a revitalization under Quad’s leadership. [U.S.]President Biden, “he said.

Meanwhile, O’Connor accused the government of mismanagement of its defense portfolio and failed to raise military assets, emphasizing the 20-year wait of nuclear submarines under AUKUS.

“The current government is making announcements, but not having been in office for nearly a decade means that we can’t really provide the functionality we need when we need it,” he said.

Labor remaining ambiguous in Taiwan

He mentioned the agenda that Beijing raised in the Indo-Pacific for Australia’s defense forces, but the Communist-controlled nation was not directly mentioned in his speech.

However, O’Connor said the Labor Party would follow Taiwan’s policy of “policy of deliberate ambiguity,” as foreign spokesman Penny Wong pointed out.

“The Labor Party will continue its policy of strategic ambiguity, as my shadow foreign minister’s colleague Penny Wong emphasized on Taiwan and is in line with that of the United States,” he said.

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Australian Senator Penny Wong at the Senate of the Houses of Parliament in Canberra, Australia, December 2, 2019. (TraceyNearmy / Getty Images)

“This is because declaring the response of the intended military action to a virtual situation only helps to incline strategic calculations in favor of those seeking to incite conflict.

“We are facing growing tensions in times of global volatility, especially within our region, and although we share concerns about these issues,” he said. ..

Relations between workers and Beijing continue to cloud the party.

In late February, the Independent Commission, the chief anti-corruption body in New South Wales (NSW), involved former state legislator Ernest Wong in a “serious corruption” attempting to hide a $ 100,000 source of funding. I officially admitted that I am doing it. $ 71,830 Donation in 2015 — This is from billionaire Huang Xiangmo linked to the controversial United Front.

Caden Pearson


Caden Pearson is a writer and editor based in Cairns, Australia. He mainly writes about national affairs, Indo-Pacific geopolitics, and COVID-19 measures and pushbacks. He has a background in screenwriting and documentary. Contact him at [email protected]