A Chinese academic is warning Australia that it will become a target for nuclear attack in retaliation for the nuclear-powered submarine deal it struck with the United States and Britain. The threats were made during an interview on ABC’s China Tonight.

Beijing’s fury over the new alliance has intensified further, and this is reflected in the statements of a senior Chinese academic, who warned that Australia is now a target of “nuclear war.”

Following the AUKUS pact announced last week, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) member Victor Gao, who is currently vice president of the Center for China and Globalization, said in no uncertain terms that the alliance was a “grave violation of international law.” Moreover, it will have “profound consequences” for “mindless” Australians. 

These threats were made in response to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement last week of a deal to acquire eight nuclear-powered submarines, worth an estimated $4.5 billion each in the case of the Americans and $2.6 billion each in the case of the British, according to the Daily Mail.

But the statements by the CCP shows its duplicitous nature, as over the years they have rapidly increased the size of their naval fleet—including nuclear-powered submarines—militarizing artificial islands in contravention of international law while claiming disputed territories in the South China Sea.

Part of its outrages can also be seen in the subjugation of Hong Kong’s democracy, where it imposed its totalitarian rules, and the harassment of Taiwan, which it has been threatening to unify by force.

When asked by ABC anchor Stan Grant why Australia would be a nuclear target, since submarines only have nuclear propulsion and do not carry nuclear warheads, Gao repeated his threat: “Anything they do will have a consequence, and this is the most profound,” he said.

The landmark AUKUS Asia-Pacific security agreement is a counter to China and threatens the CCP’s ambition to become the dominant naval power in the Indo-Pacific region.

Among the criticisms launched by Gao were Canberra’s close military ties with Washington, stating that Australia has a “blood treaty” with the U.S.

He stated that “wherever the Americans find themselves in a war—the Australians are on the American’s side, as if the Australians do not have any brain power left—as if you only have your muscles.”

On the other hand he hurled criticism at the ABC anchor for referring to the attempt to unify Taiwan as an “invasion,” reiterating that Taiwan is “part of China.”

“Listen to me,” he said, “the reunification of Taiwan will happen by peaceful means preferably, and by non-peaceful means if necessary.”

Declaring that “no country will be able to deprive China’s mission of national reunification.” 

“If the Australian government wants to stand in the way of that, be my guest—you will see what will be the consequences to Australia,” he threatened.

Days before Gao’s remarks, the Global Times, the CCP’s propaganda arm, had published an article quoting a “senior Chinese military expert” as making a similar threat.

Regarding the pact, AUKUS said that “this would make Australia a potential target for a nuclear strike, because nuclear-armed states like China and Russia are directly facing the threat from Australia’s nuclear submarines which serve US strategic demands.”

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