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Chinese State Media Responds to Australia’s Closer U.S Military With Threat of “Counterattack”

(L-R) Australian Defence Minister Richard Marles, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin attend a press conference at Queensland Government House in Brisbane on July 29, 2023. Pat Hoelscher / AFP

The Chinese Communist Party’s mouthpiece Global Times denounced Australia’s decision to significantly increase military cooperation with the United States with a threat of military countermeasures if Canberra is involved in a U.S. conflict with Beijing.

“If Australia provides strongholds or arms to deter or even attack China, it will definitely face China’s resolute counterattack,” declared an editorial in the Party-run newspaper. “This is not alarmist talk, but military common sense.”

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