Chinese Communist Party (CCP) propaganda newspaper The Global Times has called for Beijing to plan missile strikes targeting Australia if it were to join the United States in aiding Taiwan against an attack.
The message—which appeared in an op-ed published by The Global Times’ Chief Editor Hu Xijin—comes after the CCP “indefinitely suspended” high-level economic talks with Australia on May 6.
“Given that Australian hawks keep hyping or hinting that Australia will assist the U.S. military and participate in war once a military conflict breaks out in the Taiwan Strait, and the Australian media outlets have been actively promoting the sentiment,” Hu wrote. “I suggest China make a plan to impose retaliatory punishment against Australia once it militarily interferes in the cross-Strait situation.
“The plan should include long-range strikes on the military facilities and relevant key facilities on Australian soil if it really sends its troops to China’s offshore areas and combats against the People’s Liberation Army.
“China has a strong production capability, including producing additional long-range missiles with conventional warheads that target military objectives in Australia when the situation becomes highly tense.”
Hu is a vocal and often controversial commentator on a range of issues affecting the CCP.
His comments come after the National Development and Reform Commission suspended the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue, which followed after Foreign Minister Marise Payne terminated the Belt and Road Initiative agreement signed between the commission and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, saying they were “inconsistent with Australia’s foreign policy.”
Experts, however, argue that the cancellation of the Strategic Economic Dialogue will have little effect on Australia, especially since talks between ministers and their Chinese counterparts have been frozen since April 2020. In addition, Australian exporters are already busy pivoting away from the China market to avoid further exposure to economic coercion from Beijing.