Scott Morrison: US-China war no longer inconceivable

A war between the United States and China is no longer ‘inconceivable’, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said.

He said his government held a less dramatic view of US-China tensions than Kevin Rudd, former prime minister, who warned of a potential ‘hot war’ before U.S. presidential elections in November.

Former prime minister and China scholar Kevin Rudd wrote in the Foreign Affairs journal this week that the risk of armed conflict between the United States and China in the next three months was ‘especially high.’
Australia’s relations with China, its most important trading partner, has fallen to new lows, in part because of Australian calls for an independent investigation into the origins of and responses to Covid-19.

Morrison said he had not met Chinese President Xi Jinping since the pair spoke on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Japan in June last year, but he doesn’t get ‘hung up on these things’.

‘What matters is that the trading relationship, the economic relationship is able to be pursued. That is occurring. It has its frustrations from time to time.’

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