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Australia has stated that if necessary, it will join the United States in defending Taiwan

China has not ruled out taking the help of force to conquer Taiwan but has downplayed the possibility of war

Australian Defence Minister Peter Dutton stated on Saturday that if the US takes action to protect Taiwan, it would be “inconceivable” for Australia not to join in.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Wednesday that if China used force to change the status quo over Taiwan, the US and its allies would take unspecified “action.”

In an interview with The Australian newspaper, Dutton said, “It would be unthinkable that we would not support the United States in such action if the United States chose to take that action.”

“And, again, As per my view, we should be very open and honest about it, look at all of the facts and conditions without pre-committing, and maybe there are situations where we wouldn’t take that choice, but I can’t think of any.”

China’s military stated on Tuesday that it conducted a combat readiness patrol in the Taiwan Strait after the Defense Ministry criticised a congressional delegation from the United States visiting Taiwan, the democratically governed island claimed by Beijing.

“(China’s) intention to go into Taiwan has been very obvious, and we need to make sure that there is a big level of mobility, a higher sense of -deterrence by our capacity, and that is how as per my view we put our country in a situation of strength,” Dutton said the newspaper.

China has not ruled out taking help of force to annex Taiwan but has downplayed the probability of war.

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