Chinese premier warns Australia ‘taking sides’ could lead to new cold war
The Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, has warned China does not want to see a new cold war, emphasising that throughout his country’s history, peace has “always been the most precious thing”.
With increasing tensions in the South China Sea a significant backdrop to his visit to Australia, Li told parliamentarians in Canberra on Thursday that China did not want to see countries “taking sides, as happened during the cold war”.
Li used a lunchtime address to say Beijing pursued an independent foreign policy of peace, and pursued “national development paths suited to our traditions”.
He said China respected Australia’s chosen foreign policies and that “as long as they are consistent with the United Nations charter and international rules – we will work together to maintain them”.
If it doesn’t look like a communist, or smell like a communist, or feel like a communist, it isn’t a communist, Michael.
Turnbull’s expression: WTF was I thinking! All those dollars…for this! It’s just no fun at all.
NYT: The US’s military spending is more than a third of the world’s total and Trump wants to increase it. Is America’s Military Big Enough Washington Post: Nearly half of the US government’s budget goes to the military ($596 billion) and 35% of its employees are in the military. 2017 US Federal Budget That is why they are war mongers and so prone to throwing their weight around.