A famous Australian defense expert recently warned that Australia may need to consider possessing nuclear weapons as part of its strategy to deal with China’s rise. However, the Australian Defense Minister issued a statement on the same day to quickly veto the nuclear support proposal and stressed that he would abide by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported on Tuesday that former Australian defense official and intelligence analyst Hugh White warned that to counter China’s dominant position, Australia should consider whether to abandon this “difficulties” of non-nuclear policy and urgently reflect on the country. Military stance. He also said that the strategic situation in Australia is undergoing a fundamental change, and it may not be possible to rely on the United States and other allies to provide a “nuclear umbrella” in the future.
Although White puts forward the above point in the new book How to Defend Australia, he acknowledges that Australia’s possibility of developing nuclear weapons is extremely low and will only be considered in extreme cases.
Australian Defense Minister Reynolds said on the same day that as a non-nuclear country, Australia abides by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that does not acquire or develop nuclear weapons.