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Australia’s former defence chief delivers shock warning as tensions rise with China

Australia’s former Chief of the Defence Force has issued a grim warning as the Prime Minister was grilled on whether military conflict with China was inevitable...

A former Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston issued the grim assessment as the Prime Minister faced questions over whether military conflict with China was inevitable.

“Clearly our circumstances have changed dramatically over the recent past,’’ Sir Houston said.

“A land war in Europe, all sorts of issues in north-east Asia, particularly around Taiwan, east China Sea, issues in South-East Asia and issues up on the Himalayan border and northern India.

“So there’s much happening. It’s a fast changing environment and it’s absolutely imperative that we review the current strategic circumstances which I rate the worst I have ever seen in my career and lifetime.”

Asked if he agreed with the assessment, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese replied “I do agree with Angus Houston’s assessment...”