Peter Dutton warned the international community not to make the same mistakes with China as with Russia, because .
The Leader of the Opposition doubled down saying he regretted that stronger measures were not taken against Russian President Vladimir Putin during the preparations for the invasion of Ukraine.
“There’s no sense in a few months or a few years to say that Chinese have been to Taiwan, we didn’t see that coming,” he told Nine on Friday.
“We are right to shine the spotlight on the behavior, to speak out against it… if we do that, it gives us the best chance of keeping the peace in our region.
“There would be a lot of people who would say, if only we put more pressure on Putin not to go to Ukraine…we wouldn’t have the bloody scenes we’re seeing now.”
following the visit of United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the island last week.
Acting Prime Minister Richard Marles reiterated the need for a “capable” and “powerful” defense force amid escalating regional tensions.
Mr Marles, who is also Defense Minister, would not be keen on how Australia would defend itself against a possible Chinese attack, but called for de-escalation.
“The world wants to see this…we would all breathe a sigh of relief (if) we saw a return to normal peaceful activity there,” he said.
“From Australia’s perspective…our engagement here is based on the fact that we have an unchanged policy of not wanting to see any change to the status quo across the Taiwan Strait.”
European Union Ambassador to Australia Michael Pulch said he was “very concerned” about the Chinese military exercises.
“We have a one China policy and we maintain it…we have been very clear that Taiwan is not an independent country,” he told Sky News.
“We’ve also been very clear that we don’t want to see any unilateral change to the status quo.”
Chinese Ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian where he said there was “no compromise” on Taiwan and that his country’s 1.4 billion people would decide its future.
He also said that for the 23 million people living in Taiwan “there might be a process for Taiwanese to have a correct understanding of China.”
Responding to calls to ban the Chinese ambassador from the National Press Club, opposition foreign affairs spokesman Simon Birmingham said the decision was up to the organization.
“I respect that and…it’s part of the freedom that we should be celebrating,” he told Sky News.
“The journalists present did a very good job of ensuring that this was not a one-sided presentation of the Chinese state’s opinion, but was in fact scrutinized and contested by the journalists present.”