Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles pass Tiananmen Gate during a military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, in Beijing. Photo: AP Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles pass Tiananmen Gate during a military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, in Beijing. Photo: AP
Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles pass Tiananmen Gate during a military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, in Beijing. Photo: AP

Why is Australia warning about war with China? A clue: elections loom

  • If Australians are hearing ‘beating drums’ of war, as Minister Mike Pezzullo said, is it because the government thinks bringing up China will win voters?
  • Rhetoric about war and security, as well as a fear of China, are deep-seated in Australian politics but are based on a misreading of Beijing’s own interests, experts say

Topic |   China-Australia relations
Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles pass Tiananmen Gate during a military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, in Beijing. Photo: AP Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles pass Tiananmen Gate during a military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, in Beijing. Photo: AP
Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles pass Tiananmen Gate during a military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, in Beijing. Photo: AP
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