The ONE thing China could do to show Australia that it is serious about improving its relationship with Australia
- The opposition leader argued that China’s naval fleet was growing at an alarming rate
- Mr Dutton dismissed climate change as the “biggest single threat” in the Pacific
- The Liberal leader hoped China would act in “good faith” in talks with Australia
- Prime Minister Albanese has pledged to reduce greenhouse gases by 43 percent by 2030
China could quickly improve its ties with Australia if it stopped rapidly building up its military, opposition leader Peter Dutton said.
The Liberal leader this week welcomed the latest meeting between Foreign Minister Penny Wong and China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi – but pressed Anton Albanese hold the country accountable for its human rights abuses.
Meanwhile, he said the communist superpower could easily show Australia if it was serious about improving relations.
“China is increasing its naval fleet at the same rate of tonnage as our entire Royal Australian Navy fleet every 18 months,” Mr Dutton said Sky News Australia.
“One sign of that goodwill would be to scale back the rapid expansion of their military arsenal.
“The Australian government must be serious in the discussions and we must ask China to explain the human rights violations and what is happening in relation to their military buildup.”
It comes after Mr Dutton slammed Defense Secretary Richard Marles’ claim that climate change was the biggest threat in the Pacific.
Mr Marles told the US Center for Strategic and International Studies on July 11 that climate change was the biggest “existential threat” to livelihoods in the region.
‘[The Pacific Islands Forum] has consistently declared climate change as the single greatest threat to livelihoods in our neighborhood – it is an existential threat,” Mr Marles said.
Opposition leader Peter Dutton (pictured) dismissed claims climate change was the biggest threat in the Pacific, saying China’s military expansion was a much bigger threat in the region
Mr Dutton said China is increasing its naval fleet every 18 months at the same tonnage rate as the entire Australian Royal Australian Navy fleet
Mr Marles said the forum, of which Australia is a part, has consistently urged Pacific countries to work together, claiming Australia will “lift its weight” on climate change.
Dutton acknowledged that investing in new technologies is important to addressing climate change, but dismissed the defense secretary’s claim that it was the region’s biggest security concern.
“We support sensible action in terms of mitigation and delivery of investment in new technology,” Mr Dutton said.
“But if Richard Marles or anyone else suggests that this is a bigger problem in terms of security threats, that contradicts the information he would read.
“Climate is an important issue, but the biggest security concern in the Indo-Pacific right now is China and the aggression.”
Mr. Dutton, who is on annual leave in the United States with his wife Kirrily, planned to attend a leadership dialogue during his overseas trip.
He said the briefings in Washington had been “sober” and that he believed Australia needed to work for peace in the Indo-Pacific region.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has pledged that Australia will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 43 per cent by 2030 (pictured Mr Albanese (front) taking a selfie with other leaders during the Pacific Islands Forum in Suva, Fiji).
“The meetings we’ve had here in Washington have been as sober as any I’ve had around the national security table in the past six years.
“That’s why I’ve spoken out strongly, because I think peace in the Indo-Pacific is at risk, and I think we need to step up — with the United States, with our partners — in the region to put down that aggression.”
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese remained adamant that Labor’s climate target garnered widespread support and reiterated the country’s interest in hosting a United Nations climate summit alongside the Pacific nations.
Anthony Albanese said his government has a mandate to implement its target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent by 2030 before introducing legislation when Parliament begins later this month.
Peter Dutton names the ONE thing China could do to improve its relations with Australia
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