Just days after saying missiles will be fired at “Australian territory,” China’s state-run media outlet has doubled down on an ominous warning.
The alert was sent on Friday by Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of the state-run news organization The Global Times.
He was responding to a News Corp story that read, “ScoMo says planning for war with China is doing his job.”
Preparing for war?” Hu wrote.
“Then build an anti-missile system!
“I believe once Australian troops come to Taiwan Strait to combat against the PLA, there is a high probability that Chinese missiles will fly toward military bases and key relevant facilities on Australian soil in retaliation.”
Hu released an editorial in The Global Times less than a week ago, prompting the poorly veiled attack.
It was headlined: “China needs to make a plan to deter extreme forces of Australia.”
“Given that Australian hawks keep hyping or hinting that Australia will assist the US military and participate in war once a military conflict breaks out in the Taiwan Straits, and the Australian media outlets have been actively promoting the sentiment, I suggest China make a plan to impose retaliatory punishment against Australia once it militarily interferes in the cross-Straits situation,” Hu wrote.
“The plan should include long-range strikes on the military facilities and relevant key facilities on Australian soil if it really sends its troops to China’s offshore areas and combats against the PLA (People’s Liberation Army).”
He goes on to say that “China loves peace” but also threatens “disasters” against Australia.
“China has a strong production capability, including producing additional long-range missiles with conventional warheads that target military objectives in Australia when the situation becomes highly tense.”
That followed Australia’s home affairs secretary speculating that the “drums of war” were beating.