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Andrew Hastie labels China-Russia alliance a ‘strange new monster’ and delivers grim warning

Shadow Defence Minister Andrew Hastie has labelled the alliance between the leaders of China and Russia a “strange new monster” and declared Australia needs its own missiles to defend itself.

Mr Hastie delivered the warning in a speech in Washington DC overnight, which coincided with a face-to-face meeting between China’s President Xi Jinping and Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Uzbekistan.

The Federal MP for Canning told the conservative American think tank that “the Second Elizabethan Age is closing in darkness — gone are the hard-won, rock-sure handholds of the last 70 years”.

“Authoritarian powers are on the move, energised by revisionist and expansionist ambitions,” Mr Hastie said.

“As they struck their ‘no-limits’ strategic partnership in February this year, Xi and Putin created a strange new monster. We see its carnage in the atrocities of Bucha, and its menacing missiles streaking across the Taiwan Strait.

“This monster nurses a hard grievance against America and the global order she protects. And our response to it is conflicted because of our economic dependence and our internal disunity.”

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