Australians opposed to taking sides in any conflict between China and Japan | Australia news | The Guardian

Australians are strongly opposed to any involvement in an armed conflict between China and Japan even if the US was backing Japan and the US president personally requested Australian support, a new poll has found.

The poll, commissioned by the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI), found 71% thought Australia should remain neutral in any armed conflict over disputed islands and maritime territory in the East China Sea, and 68% thought Australia should still say no if the president rang the prime minister asking for assistance.

The territorial dispute over the islands is a regional flashpoint and an earlier ACRI report set out several “plausible” scenarios which could lead to a conflict between Australia’s two largest trading partners.

via Australians opposed to taking sides in any conflict between China and Japan | Australia news | The Guardian.

Can’t say I really blame them, especially as the United States has been something of a feckless ally the last six years.

1 thought on “Australians opposed to taking sides in any conflict between China and Japan | Australia news | The Guardian”

  1. If the PRC can intimidate the Japanese or Taiwan and Oz stands isolated, who will aid them when their time comes? I believe we will see the spread of nuclear weapons throughout North Asia in the next ten years.

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