Australia’s Morrison says US-China war no longer inconceivable

Al Jareeza

Prime minister also says stronger Indo-Pacific alliance with like-minded nations is a ‘critical priority’ for Australia.

Australia's Scott Morrison, standing, walks past China's Xi Jinping during the G20 leaders' meeting in Japan last year [File: Lukas Coch via EPA]
Australia’s Scott Morrison, standing, walks past China’s Xi Jinping during the G20 leaders’ meeting in Japan last year [File: Lukas Coch via EPA]

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said his government held a less dramatic view of US-China strategic tensions than a predecessor who warned of a potential “hot war” before US presidential elections in November, but added that a conflict is no longer inconceivable.

Morrison’s comments at the Aspen Security Forum on Wednesday came days after former Australian Prime Minister and China scholar Kevin Rudd wrote in the Foreign Affairs journal that the risk of armed conflict between the United States and China in the next three months was “especially high”.

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