Overnight, the world became staggeringly more dangerous as China publicly warned Australia would be considered nuclear armed if it goes ahead with building nuclear powered (propelled) submarines.
Chinese state media has warned Australia will become a ‘potential target for a nuclear strike’ after it acquires nuclear-powered submarines.
As part of a new three-way alliance with the UK and US, Australia will be given the technology to build at least eight nuclear-powered – but not nuclear armed – submarines as the West counters China’s growing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the ‘AUKUS’ alliance ‘seriously damages regional peace and stability, intensifies the arms race, and undermines the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.’
And China’s Global Times news website – a mouthpiece for the communist government – went one step further, saying the move could result in a nuclear strike on Australia.
The article cited an anonymous ‘senior Chinese military expert’ who said Australia would pose a nuclear threat to other countries because the new submarines could potentially be fitted with nuclear weapons provided by the US or UK.
‘This would make Australia a potential target for a nuclear strike, because nuclear-armed states like China and Russia are directly facing the threat from Australia’s nuclear submarines which serve US strategic demands,’ the expert said.
‘Beijing and Moscow won’t treat Canberra as ”an innocent non-nuclear power,” but ‘a US ally which could be armed with nuclear weapons anytime,’ the expert added.
The article warned Mr Morrison’s ambition to beef up Australia’s military ‘could bring destructive consequences’ in the event of a nuclear war and said his insistence that Australia does not want nuclear missiles is ‘meaningless’.
China is believed to have between 250 and 350 nuclear weapons, compared to American’s arsenal of 5,800 and Russia’s total of 6,375.
In July satellite photos emerged which appeared to show China building a huge missile silo base in the desert town of Hami, northern Xinjiang province.
In the Intel Community, the assessment is that China will NOT wait for those submarines to be built; that China will nuke Australia BEFORE the subs are built rather than face the humiliation of being reigned-in by the existence of those vessels.