Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu thanked Australia and wants a closer relationship


Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu directly called on the Chinese government not to invade Taiwan and thanked Australia for a close relationship with Canberra.

Talking to News Corp Australians, in Taipei, Wu praised Australia’s spirit of standing up for others, but said it was Taiwan’s responsibility to protect itself.

“As I always say, I have a kangaroo in my heart,” Wu pointed to his lapel pin.

Wu praised Australia’s “natural passion,” as seen in history armed to protect freedom and democracy.

“Australia is far from the rest of the world, but look at the Australian records,” he said.

“Participating in battles and wars from the perspective of protecting freedom and democracy, and also in the sense of fighting allies. It’s very moving.”

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister praised Australia for its concern about Taiwan.

“There is a natural passion for Australians … they will want to speak up when the democracy of other peers is threatened,” he said. “Australia is not the only one supporting Taiwan in that way.”

Mr. Wu also mentioned that Taiwan is not “asking Australia to participate in wars involving Taiwan,” but “before something happens” during this period, helping Australians to Taiwan. rice field. “International participation, or seeking peace and stability in this area,” was “all very good encouragement.”

Taiwan’s foreign minister commented that Australia’s defense minister, Peter Dutton, would lose sovereignty and “booklet” to China if Australia’s communist regime invaded Taiwan and became the dominant power in the region. After warning that there is a risk of becoming a “country”.

Dutton warned that without opposition pressure, Beijing would change the regional order that made Australia prosperous and secure.

“In the absence of opposition, the Chinese government will be the only security and economic partner in Indo-Pacific countries,” he told the National Press Club on November 26.

“It is a dangerous military and economic situation for our country and many others.

“Does the Chinese government want to occupy another country? It’s not my judgment.

“But they see us as a booklet, and their waiver of sovereignty and the waiver of compliance with the rule of international law is what our country has fought since the Commonwealth,” he said. rice field.

Meanwhile, Wu wants a bigger link at a higher level between Taipei and Canberra.

Australia has not had formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan since Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam transferred allegiance to Communist China in 1972.

Australia has maintained informal relations since then, but Wu suggested that it was time to change this by increasing contact points between Australian and Taiwanese officials.

“We don’t have formal diplomatic relations with each other, but we are engaged in all sorts of cooperation,” he said.

“We will probably upgrade the contact between the two in a way that allows senior (Taiwan) officials, very senior officials to visit Australia, or you allow more senior (Australia). I think it’s time to think about how to do it. Come to Taiwan to engage in substantive discussions with officials, cabinet officials, and us. “

Caden Pearson


Caden Pearson is an Australian-based reporter with a background in screen writing and documentary. Contact him at [email protected]