Revealed, Australian General Briefs War with China
Windowofworld.com – One of Australia’s top generals is said to have briefed troops from the kangaroo country to prepare for the “most likely” war with China. The briefing was given last year and has now leaked to the media.
Major General Adam Findlay gave honest and confidential briefings to Australian Special Forces soldiers last year. The newspapers The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald exposed the secret briefings of the former Australian Special Forces commander.
General Findlay, who has since stepped down but is still an adviser to the Australian Defense Forces, reportedly said China was engaged in a “gray zone” warfare and that Australia should prepare for a “high probability” of escalating into an actual conflict.
“Who do you think the main (regional) threat is?” General Findlay asked his troops and officers before he replied: “China.”
He continued: “OK, so if China is a threat, how many special forces brigades are there in China? You should know that there are 26,000 Chinese SOF (Special Operations Forces) personnel. ”
The briefing came as the former head of Australia’s operations in Iraq said war with China was a true threat – and he warned Australia was not prepared for what was to come.
Writing in The Australian newspaper on Monday (3/5/2021), Senator Jim Molan delivered a grim assessment of Australia’s readiness for a war which he thought was “possible”.
“It will not start as a direct war between Australia and China, but will most likely be a war that Australia can face on behalf of its strongest ally,” wrote Senator Molan.
“Many ordinary Australians, not only those who have personally experienced global conflict, are aware of the grim reality that war is not only possible in our region, but very likely,” he continued.
“Fully armed, the enemy moves ships and planes around each other, intimidating and threatening, loaded with real weapons of war, forming an alliance.”
He said Australia would make a mistake if leaders did not act now to strengthen a military that is unable to win the war against “peers”.
The comments add to the week of feud between Australia and China, two countries that have had a lot of conversation even though they did not speak directly.
Interior Minister Michael Pezzullo, in a speech at Anzac Day to staff, said there was a “war drum” related to the feud with China.
Defense Secretary Petter Dutton told the ABC on the same day that war with China was a realistic prospect.
“I don’t think it should be ignored,” he said. “People have to be realistic.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison chimed in, telling Sydney’s Daily Telegraph that Australia would be prepared for whatever was to come.
“Our focus is on pursuing peace, stability, and a free and open Indo-Pacific, with a world order that favors freedom,” said Morrison.
“Working with the United States, our allies and Indo-Pacific neighbors, we will continue to advance Australia’s interests by investing in the Australian Defense Force, particularly across Northern Australia.”
This morning (4/5/2021), Foreign Minister Marise Payne warned Australia not to back down on the Chinese side.
“We are not trying to buy leverage to benefit our respective countries; on the contrary, we know that a stable and safe environment of a sovereign state, where we have a network of intimacy and trust, is a good and safe place for our people to live and thrive, “he said.
China has previously launched verbal attacks on Australian leaders, labeling them “troublemakers” with a “Cold War mentality.”
A Chinese state newspaper warned of “severe retaliation” if Canberra used “provocative action”.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Lijian Zhao responded to Pezzullo’s comments with his own provocative comments.
Zhao, the diplomat who last year sparked an angry reaction from Prime Minister Scott Morrison after he posted a fake photo on Twitter depicting an Australian soldier holding a knife to the throat of an Afghan child, said “individual politicians in Australia” were making trouble.
“(They), because of their selfish interests, want to make statements that incite confrontation and threats of war, which are very irresponsible and will not find an audience,” said Zhao.
“These people are really troublemakers. I have noticed that many people in Australia have expressed their disapproval on social media, saying that inflammatory language is outrageous and very crazy. ”
Zhao added China “has become a promoter of world peace, a contributor to global development and a defender of the international order”.
“As a country that has long benefited from cooperation with China, Australia is dishonest and immoral with false accusations of the ‘Chinese threat theory’,” Zhao said.
“This will only be detrimental to its own interests. We urge certain individuals in Australia to give up the Cold War mentality, stop making irresponsible statements and act in a way that is conducive to regional peace and stability, not the other way around.”