China’s warning to Australia over AUKUS pact is mocked by Peter Dutton


China’s warning to Australia over AUKUS pact is mocked by Peter Dutton who shrugs off ‘naughty guy’ accusation as ‘so silly it’s funny’

  • Defence Minister Peter Dutton shrugged off ‘comical’ Chinese warning on Friday
  • Acting ambassador to Australia called Australia the ‘naughty guy’ in AUKUS pact
  • Mr Dutton said the acting ambassador was reading off a Communist Party script


Defence Minister Peter Dutton has shrugged off as ‘comical’ China’s warning Australia must refrain from doing anything ‘destructive’ to the countries’ relationship.

Mr Dutton labelled the comments from China’s acting ambassador to Australia, Wang Xining, ‘so silly it’s funny’.

The diplomat called Australia the ‘naughty guy’ in an interview with Guardian Australia about the AUKUS pact with the United States and United Kingdom.

Defence Minister Peter Dutton (pictured) has shrugged off as ‘comical’ China’s warning Australia must refrain from doing anything ‘destructive’ to the countries’ relationship

Mr Dutton labelled the comments from China's acting ambassador to Australia, Wang Xining (pictured), 'so silly it's funny'

Mr Dutton labelled the comments from China’s acting ambassador to Australia, Wang Xining (pictured), ‘so silly it’s funny’

He accused Australia of being a ‘sabre wielder’ and warned it against ‘doing anything that’s destructive to our relationship’.

Mr Dutton said the acting ambassador was reading off a Communist Party script.

‘We don’t see (this) from any other ambassador here in Australia. It’s quite remarkable,’ the minister told the Nine Network on Friday.

‘This provocative sort of comical statements – really, it’s so silly it’s funny.

‘Most Australians see through the non-productive nature of the comments and they should be dismissed in that vein.’

The comments followed Mr Dutton saying it was inconceivable Australia would not support the United States in defending Taiwan against China.

Former prime minister Paul Keating previously labelled Australia foolish for seeking a nuclear-powered submarine deal to contain Chinese military efforts.

He said Taiwan was not a vital Australian interest.

Australian coal, barely, beef, lobster, timber and wine imports have been caught up in the deteriorating relationship with China, which has been further inflamed by the AUKUS deal.

The comments followed Mr Dutton saying it was inconceivable Australia would not support the United States in defending Taiwan against China (Pictured: UK nuclear-powered attack submarine HMS Astute at HMAS Stirling Royal Australian Navy base in Perth)

The comments followed Mr Dutton saying it was inconceivable Australia would not support the United States in defending Taiwan against China (Pictured: UK nuclear-powered attack submarine HMS Astute at HMAS Stirling Royal Australian Navy base in Perth)

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