China's Global Times editor calls for "long-range strikes" on Australia in event of Taiwan conflict

Editor-in-chief of Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece, the Global Times, Hu Xijn has called for military strikes on Australia should the country side with the United States should war break out in the Taiwan Straits.

The newspaper regularly refers to the inevitability of conflict over Taiwan, which China claims as its own.

I suggest China make a plan to impose retaliatory punishment against Australia once it militarily interferes in the cross-Straits situation. The plan should include long-range strikes on the military facilities and relevant key facilities on Australian soil if it really sends its troops to China's offshore areas and combats against the PLA. In addition to making the plan, China should also reveal this plan through non-official channels to deter the extreme forces of Australia and prevent them from taking the risk and committing irresponsible actions.

Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief, Global Times.

Beijing was furious when Australian warships took part in Exercise Jeanne d'Arc 21 practicing amphibious assaults, urban warfare and anti-aircraft defence in the East China Sea between May 11th and 17th, alongside forces from France, Japan, and the U.S.

"Australia's military is too weak to be a worthy opponent of China, and if it dares to interfere in a military conflict for example in the Taiwan Straits, its forces will be among the first to be hit... Australia is within range of China's conventional warhead-equipped DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missile," has stated via the Global Times.

Australia's armed forces currently stand at 85,000 personnel. The country has just under 50 commissioned warships, and four air combat squadrons.

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