The Los Angeles-class submarine USS San Francisco in Apra Harbor, Guam. Photo: Getty images
The Los Angeles-class submarine USS San Francisco in Apra Harbor, Guam. Photo: Getty images

Taiwan not a ‘vital Australian interest’ and Aukus submarines like throwing ‘toothpicks at a mountain’: former PM Paul Keating urges Canberra not to provoke China

  • Ex-Labour Party leader takes Canberra to task for provoking Beijing, saying nuclear subs it will acquire in deal with US and Britain will be outdated quickly
  • Keating, an advocate of firmer Asia Pacific ties, also defends Beijing’s wolf warrior diplomacy and urges Australia to stay out of US-China Taiwan conflict

The Los Angeles-class submarine USS San Francisco in Apra Harbor, Guam. Photo: Getty images
The Los Angeles-class submarine USS San Francisco in Apra Harbor, Guam. Photo: Getty images
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