Beijing’s militarisation of the South China Sea irreversible, says Turnbull

By Andrew Tillett

Addressing the Henry Jackson Society, a hawkish foreign policy think tank, Mr Turnbull insisted his government had acted on its own initiative to ban Chinese tech companies from participating in the 5G roll out and was not leant on by the Trump administration as part of its trade fight with China.

Mr Turnbull said Australia was the first nation to ban Huawei and ZTE.

“We so decided not because another country told us to, let alone for protectionist reasons, but to defend our own sovereignty and to hedge against changing times,” he said.

“It is important to remember that a threat is the combination of capability and intent. Capability can take years, decades to develop. And in many cases won’t be attainable at all. But intent can change in a heartbeat.”


Read the full article in The Australian Financial Review


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