Why does China think Australia is threatening regional stability?
China has been increasing its military capabilities in recent years, forcing other nations to prepare for potential threats from the superpower.
The Chinese navy has built 12 nuclear subs over the past 15 years.
The Pentagon estimated last year that China already has more than 200 nuclear warheads and is looking to double that number
The U.S., U.N. and ASEAN are all threatened by the seeming normalisation of Chinese aggression and militarization of islands in the South China Sea. defensenews.com
But the Chinese say they feel threatened when Australia chooses nuclear engines instead of diesel engines for its new submarines.
Beijing on Thursday (16 Sep 2021) slammed a new United States alliance with Australia and Britain, under which Canberra will acquire nuclear submarine technology, as an “extremely irresponsible” threat to regional stability.
The agreement “seriously undermines regional peace and stability and intensifies the arms race“, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a regular press briefing.
China has nuclear weapons, and is increasing their number.
Australia has no nuclear weapons, and no intention to have any.
China says Australia is intensifying the arms race!
Is their a translation problem that China is reacting to?