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Chinese embassy says Tony Abbott's comments during Taiwan visit are 'despicable' - ABC News

China's embassy in Australia has branded former prime minister Tony Abbott a "pitiful" politician after he criticised Chinese pressure against Taiwan during a visit to the island.

Mr Abbott visited Taiwan, which is claimed by China, in a personal capacity this week, meeting President Tsai Ing-wen and saying at a security forum that China may lash out with its economy slowing and finances "creaking".

His visit caused ripples inside the federal government. One Cabinet minister questioned whether the appearance was necessary amid heightened tensions with China.

The former prime minister took aim at China's expanding control over Hong Kong, its treatment of Uyghurs and the country's troubled trade relationship with Australia.

"It's boosted cyber spying on its own citizens, cancelled popular personalities in favour of a cult of the red emperor, brutalised Indian soldiers in the Himalayas, coerced other claimants in its eastern seas and flown ever more intimidatory sorties against Taiwan," Mr Abbott said at a regional conference in Taipei on Friday.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott sits behind a mic as he waits to speak in a meeting with the Taiwanese president.
Tony Abbott pressed the need for solidarity with Taiwan.(

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"It's weaponised trade — especially against Australia — with our barley, wine and coal exports all stopped on spurious grounds," he added.

"And its embassy has published 14 demands, essentially that we become a tributary state, that no self-respecting country could accept.

"The trigger for all this was politely seeking an impartial inquiry into the origins of the [corona]virus."

He urged the need for solidarity with Taiwan and stressed the importance of ensuring the island's self-determination.

"Our challenge is to try and ensure that the unthinkable remains unlikely and that the possible does not become the probable."

The Chinese embassy in Canberra responded with disdain.

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Tony Abbott used his keynote speech at the Yushan Forum to warn of the dangers of China's moves against Taiwan.

Xi Jinping wants peaceful 'reunification' with Taiwan

Mr Abbott's visit came after China carried out four days of mass air force incursions into Taiwan's air defence identification zone beginning October 1.

Some experts believe the record sorties could have been a show of strength in the period between China's National Day and Taiwan's National Day, or a response to the recent AUKUS announcement.

On Saturday, Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to realise peaceful "reunification" with Taiwan "in line with the overall interest of the Chinese nation, including Taiwan compatriots".

Taiwan responded by calling on Beijing to allow Taiwan's people to decide their own future.

Australia, like most countries, has no official diplomatic ties with Taiwan but has joined its ally the United States in expressing concern at Chinese pressure, especially military.

Taiwan says it is an independent country and will defend itself if China attacks.

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