‘Unbelievable’ Australia not join US to defend Taiwan – Australian defense minister

MELBOURNE, Nov. 13 (Reuters) – It would be “unthinkable” for Australia not join the United States should Washington takes action to defend Taiwan, Australian minister of Defense Peter Dutton on Saturday.

On Wednesday, the American minister of State Anthony Blinken said the United States and its allies would take unspecified “action” if China would do use force to change the status quo over Taiwan.

“It would be unthinkable that we wouldn’t” support The United States in an action if the US chooses to die take action,” Dutton told the Australian newspaper in an interview.

“And, again, I think we should be very candid and honest there over, look at everything of the facts and circumstances without pre-determining, and maybe there are circumstances in which we would not take up Which option, (but) I can’t get pregnant of die circumstances.”

China’s military said on it’s tuesday performs a … combat preparedness patrol in the direction of Taiwan Strait after the Defense Department condemned a visit by a US congressional delegation to Taiwan, the democratically governed island claimed by Beijing.

“(China’s) was very clear over their intention to go to Taiwan and we need to make sure that there is a high level of preparedness, a greater feeling of deterrence by our ability, and that is how I think we have our country in a position of force,” Dutton told the paper.

China did not rule out using force to bring Taiwan under his control, but has played down the idea that war is imminent.

Reporting by Lidia Kelly; Edited by Lincoln Feast.

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