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China warns Australia and Japan over ‘confrontational’ new defence pact
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China warns Australia and Japan over ‘confrontational’ new defence pact

Australia and Japan will “pay a corresponding price” if their new defence pact threatens China’s security, Chinese state media has warned, as Scott Morrison insisted the deal should not cause any concerns to Beijing. The state-run Global Times newspaper declared the new agreement “accelerates the confrontational atmosphere in the Asia-Pacific region” and was aimed against China. Australian ministers...

WW3 fears SURGE as Joe Biden ally warns US must be able to ‘sink all’ Chinese ships
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WW3 fears SURGE as Joe Biden ally warns US must be able to ‘sink all’ Chinese ships

Michele Flournoy, formerly an under-secretary of defence in the Obama administration, has been floated as a potential pick for Defence Secretary under the President-elect. But Ms Flournoy has previously suggested American forces should be placed in the South China Sea to increase deterrence. The contested waters have been central to the US’s involvement in the Indo-Pacific, with President Donald Trump’s senior staffers and Chinese officials sparring...