May 12 2021 Australia’s former foreign minister and some experts and scholars said recently that some Australian politicians made irresponsible remarks last month that “the drums of war” are irresponsible, and that the Australian government should rethink its policy towards China, face up to china’s rise and improve relations with China.
Former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans said on a discussion platform called “Asia Links” on the 4th, the Australian government should pay attention to its diplomatic rhetoric, the policy measures taken should also be cautious, to avoid overzealance to comment on China. He advised the Australian government to be cautious about the Australian security agency’s recommendations. He said the Australian government should assess the quality of the recommendations, which are mostly from traditional defence security personnel, and were “generally worrying.”
Evans also suggested that the Australian government’s independence in foreign policy, relying entirely on American ideas, has brought history lessons, and the invasion of Iraq is a case in point. “The United States will always follow its own interests. If disaster does occur in a region, it will be entirely up to the United States to assess its own interests whether the United States will take military action against us. We need to keep a clear head about it. ”
Hugh White, a prominent Australian strategist and emeritus professor at the Australian National University, told The Australian Weekly Saturday that recent comments by some Australian officials about the war were disturbing, but the Australian government did not seem to realize the seriousness of the problem and had no viable plan to solve the problem.
Mr White said the Australian government needed to look rationally at China’s inevitable rise and accept “a new order in Asia”. “Australia must form a new relationship with China. This relationship takes into account this reality and balances and protects all our interests. This requires hard work, deep thinking and subtle execution. This will mean a revolution in our foreign policy. ”
James Curran, a professor of modern history at the University of Sydney, said in an op-ed in the Australian Financial Review on Tuesday that Michael Pezzullo, secretary-general of the Australian Department of the Interior, was irresponsible in his comments about “drums of war.” Australia should adhere to a pragmatic, rational and constructive foreign policy in its dealings with Asian countries.