China berates Australia for comments over Taiwan

Speaking at a regular news conference, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said he hoped Australia was aware of the sensitive nature of the Taiwan issue.

On Sunday (April 25), Australian Defence Minister Peter Dutton told the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) conflict with China over Taiwan "should not be discounted," but Australia will work with its allies in the region to try and maintain peace.

Australia's diplomatic relations with China, its largest trading partner, have worsened since Canberra called for an international inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus which was first reported in the Chinese city Wuhan, prompting trade reprisals from Beijing.