China and Australia urged to hold fire after Nazi Germany comparison makes Beijing slam ‘toxic rhetoric’

When Australian Defence Minister Peter Dutton in effect compared the rise of China to that of Nazi Germany, Beijing hit back in kind, slamming his “extremely dangerous” remarks as befitting the “pawns of the United States”.Diplomatic observers are now warning both sides to tone down the rhetoric, to prevent further escalation amid a low in bilateral ties.Speaking at an American Chamber of Commerce in Australia event on Wednesday, Dutton said the activities and rhetoric of Chinese officials had…


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