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China denounces ‘insane’ Australian ex-PM Abbott for Taiwan remarks

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TAIPEI, Oct 9 (Reuters) – China’s embassy in Australia stated former Prime Minister Tony Abbott was a “pitiful” politician on Saturday after he denounced Chinese strain towards Taiwan throughout a go to to the island.

Abbott visited Taiwan, which is claimed by China, in a private capability this week, assembly President Tsai Ing-wen and saying at a safety discussion board that China might lash out with its financial system slowing and funds “creaking”. learn extra

The Chinese embassy in Canberra responded with distain.

“Tony Abbott is a failed and pitiful politician. His recent despicable and insane performance in Taiwan fully exposed his hideous anti-China features. This will only further discredit him,” it stated in a quick assertion on its web site.

Abbott’s go to got here after China carried out 4 days of mass air pressure incursions into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone starting Oct. 1.

Australia, like most nations, has no official diplomatic ties with Taiwan, however has joined its ally the United States in expressing concern at Chinese strain, particularly army.

Taiwan says it’s an impartial nation and can defend itself if China assaults.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; enhancing by Philippa Fletcher

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Australia's former Prime Minister Tony Abbott attends Britain's annual Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Britain, October 5, 2016. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks next to Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen during their meeting in Taipei, Taiwan October 7, 2021. Central News Agency/Pool via REUTERS

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