Chinese Ambassador Xiao Qian says US 'responsible' for provoking escalating Taiwan tensions

Doug Dingwall
Sarah Basford Canales
Updated August 10 2022 - 6:50pm, first published 1:30pm

China's ambassador to Australia has warned it will not compromise on the issue of Taiwan, defending the nation's recent live-fire drills as a "justified" reaction to US provocation and refusing to rule out taking the island by force.

Doug Dingwall

Doug Dingwall

Parliamentary bureau chief

Doug Dingwall is The Canberra Times' parliamentary bureau chief. He writes about government and federal politics, and has an interest in integrity, industrial relations and foreign affairs. Previously he worked at The Examiner in Launceston, where he won a Tasmanian Human Rights Award for his reporting. Contact him on doug.dingwall@canberratimes.com.au

Sarah Basford Canales

Sarah Basford Canales

Canberra Times journalist

I'm a federal politics and public sector reporter with an interest in national security, integrity and regulation. Contact me with general tips and thoughts at sarah.basfordcanales@canberratimes.com.au or confidential tips to sbasfordcanales@protonmail.com.