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Australia takes tensions with China to NATO summit

This content was published on June 28, 2022 – 06:14

Madrid, June 28 (EFE).- The Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, warned about the “aggressive” expansion of China upon his arrival in Madrid, where he will participate in the NATO summit in the context of the war in Ukraine after the Russian invasion.

“China has been willing to impose sanctions, not only against Australia, but to be more aggressive in its position at the global level,” Albanese warned after arriving in the Spanish capital last night, a statement from his office published on Tuesday.

The Australian president will hold a parallel meeting in Madrid with his counterparts from New Zealand, Japan and South Korea, who are also participating in the summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) that begins tomorrow.

Australia, like the United States – one of its main allies – fears that China’s expansion will endanger peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region, especially after Beijing signed a security pact with the Islands in April. Solomon, who negotiated opaquely.

Following that agreement, the Albanese government, which took power at the end of May, has redoubled its diplomacy with the Pacific nations with special emphasis on security against the climate crisis and cooperation with the aim of countering the influence of China.

Canberra has maintained tense diplomatic relations with Beijing, its main trading partner, for years due to various ideological differences.

The NATO summit in Madrid, in which some 40 world leaders will participate and is expected to set the course for the military alliance for the next decade, has acquired special relevance since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, which has unleashed a strong armed conflict between the two countries.

“This is an important meeting at a critical time for the world. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has violated international law. What we know is that this brutal invasion is having real consequences for the people of Ukraine,” Albanese stressed, reiterating his compromise with kyiv.

Australia is the non-NATO country that has sent the most military, financial and humanitarian support to Ukraine and has applied hundreds of sanctions to Russian politicians, soldiers, oligarchs and companies.

“This invasion also has an impact on the world, and is a reminder that even an island continent like Australia, on the other side of the planet, is affected by the increase in gasoline prices and the problems related to supply chains. supply,” said the Australian, specifying that he will raise “issues from our own region that must be addressed” during the summit.

After the summit, Albanese will travel to Paris where he will formally settle, together with French President Emmanuel Macron, the bilateral crisis caused by Canberra’s unilateral rupture in 2021 of an agreement to acquire French-made submarines.

This agreement was broken after Australia announced last September an alliance with the United States and the United Kingdom, known as AUKUS, by which the oceanic country will have access to American technology to manufacture nuclear submarines. EFE

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