China slaps Australia over role in US strategy against Beijing after Tony Abbott traveled to Tawian

China’s state-run media has launched a fierce attack on Australia after former Prime Minister Tony Abbott traveled to Taiwan.

Mr Abbott will address the Yushan Forum on Friday, hosted by the Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation think tank, a few days after China flexed its military muscle by flying 150 warplanes to Taiwan’s air defense zone last.

The Global Times, the Chinese Communist Party’s media mouthpiece, warned that Australia was heading for a showdown with Beijing amid ‘further acts of ruthlessness’ from Canberra.

The publication added that Australia was becoming a ‘chess piece’ in the US ” anti-China strategy ”.

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (pictured left listening to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen) arrived in Taiwan this week, resuming escalating tensions between China and Australia

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (pictured left listening to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen) arrived in Taiwan this week, resuming escalating tensions between China and Australia

‘Many people are concerned that Australia may inadvertently follow the lead of some European countries in committing wicked acts,’ it said.

‘After all, Abbott is not visiting Taipei in an official capacity, but should a member of the Australian Parliament or even a sitting cabinet minister visit Taiwan in an official capacity, or should Canberra allow the change of name of the “Taipei Economic and Cultural Office” to something, violating the principle of a China, bilateral relations between China and Australia would suffer irreparable damage. “

The article also accused Mr Abbott of expressing his support for Taiwan to remain a democratically driven one and accused the Australian government of interfering in China’s affairs by slandering its air force activities around the island.

Military confrontations between the warring nations were not ruled out.

The Global Times article ended with a warning that bilateral relations could face catastrophic upheavals if Australia continues to ‘violate’ China’s national interests.

‘China has zero tolerance for any behavior in any foreign country that crosses the red border to threaten its territorial integrity,’ the editorial said.

‘Should Australia be so ruthless as to challenge China’s sovereignty over Taiwan, there is absolutely no room for maneuver or diplomatic solution.’

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is in Taiwan on an unofficial visit.  He is pictured with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is in Taiwan on an unofficial visit. He is pictured with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen

The Global Times has published countless thin-veiled swipes in Australia since Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for an independent inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

Taiwan has been eager to strengthen its ties with other democracies as China intensifies its press campaign and tries to force the island to accept Chinese sovereignty.

Australia has raised concerns about China’s increased air intrusion and called for a peaceful solution to differences.

Sir. Abbott met with President Tsai Ing-wen at her office in Taipei on Thursday and will spend Friday speaking at the Yushan Forum.

Cabinet Secretary Paul Fletcher said the former prime minister had a deep understanding of national security issues from his time as prime minister.

‘I certainly believe that if any of Tony Abbott’s stature is in Taiwan and engages with the Taiwanese government, I certainly see no problem with it,’ Fletcher told the National Press Club.

‘On the contrary, I see it as a constructive contribution he makes.’

China's media mouthpieces refused to rule out military confrontations between Australia and China.  Pictured: Paramilitary police and military officers in Beijing

China’s media mouthpieces refused to rule out military confrontations between Australia and China. Pictured: Paramilitary police and military officers in Beijing

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese said there was a two-party commitment to the One China policy, meaning Australia does not officially recognize Taiwan as a country but maintains economic ties.

‘Australia should continue to call for peaceful action in our region,’ he told reporters.

Earlier in the week, Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said relations with Australia were strong.

“We would like to participate in security or intelligence exchanges with other like-minded partners, including Australia, so that Taiwan is better prepared to deal with the war situation,” he told ABC.

Australia has been warned of a potential showdown with China over Taiwan secessionism.  Pictured is Chinese President Xi Jinping

Australia has been warned of a potential showdown with China over Taiwan secessionism. Pictured is Chinese President Xi Jinping

Sir. Abbott is due to meet with Mr Wu and other government officials during the visit.

He expressed support last week for Taiwan to join a regional trade pact called the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and downplayed fears that Australia, which supports Taiwan’s entry bid, would make China even more upset.

‘Given that China is not a member of the TPP, is unlikely to become a member of the TPP and is already in a state of great dudgeon against Australia and many other countries, I do not see that China is going to be any more upset , than it already is, ‘he said.

Tony Abbott (pictured) will speak at the Yushan Forum hosted by the Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation think tank on Friday

Tony Abbott (pictured) will speak at the Yushan Forum hosted by the Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation think tank on Friday

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