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Chinese FM urges Australia to correct irresponsible moves, fulfill its nuclear non-proliferation obligations

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By Global Times Published: Nov 04, 2021 10:12 PM

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin on Thursday commented on Australia's signing of the AUKUS deal with the US and the UK, saying it is an "extremely irresponsible" move that create risks and undermine regional peace and stability, urging Australia to abandon the Cold War mentality and fulfill its international nuclear non-proliferation obligations.

The French ambassador to Australia Jean-Pierre Thebault lashed out on Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday over a scrapped $67 billion submarine deal previously signed between two countries.

The ambassador accused Morrison's government guilty of a "stab in the back," adding that the deceit was intentional, and "these are not things which are done between partners, even less between friends," Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.

Commenting on the French ambassador's remarks on Australia, Wang noted that the AUKUS nuclear submarine cooperation is not just a diplomatic spat between a few countries, but a serious matter that will create risks of nuclear proliferation and undermine regional peace and stability.

"It is extremely irresponsible for the Australian government to ignore its international nuclear non-proliferation obligations and the serious concerns of regional countries and the international community in pursuit of its own interests," Wang said.

The spokesperson urged the Australian government to correct its mistakes, abandon the Cold War mentality, conscientiously fulfill its international nuclear non-proliferation obligations, earnestly safeguard regional peace and stability and give a responsible answer to the international community.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned of nuclear spill from the tripartite alliance AUKUS in late October during a meeting with foreign ministers of Pacific island countries.

Observers said those countries mirrored China's concerns about AUKUS, as the deal of AUKUS will push the region from the "heaven of peace and happiness" to the "brink of war."

Chinese military experts warned that Australia's signing of the deal will potentially make itself a target of a nuclear strike if a nuclear war breaks out even when Washington said it won't arm Canberra with nuclear weapons, because it's easy for the US to equip Australia with nuclear weapons and submarine-launched ballistic missiles when Australia has the submarines.

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