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Barnaby Joyce has spoken out about his fears for Australia's future after three Chinese warships sailed through Sydney Harbour, amid fears of a new Cold War.
Speaking to Sunrise on Monday, Mr Joyce described China as a 'tyranny' and argued Australia must maintain a 'wide-eyed view' of global power dynamics.
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'What we're seeing is the rise of China into a superpower status,' Mr Joyce said.
Grimly predicting a world dominated by the communist country, he added: 'It's going to be an interesting time for our grandsons and granddaughters.'
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His prophecy comes as former Defence Secretary Dennis Richardson warns of a 'technological Cold War' after the US banned companies from dealing with Chinese phone company Huawei.
My Joyce on Sunrise described China as a 'benevolent tyranny.'
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Referencing the repression of protesters in Hong Kong, he said: 'They are not a democracy, they are basically a benevolent tyranny, we can see the issues that are happening in Hong Kong as we speak.'
Mr Joyce said Australia has to recognise the importance of trade with China, but only trade with the country as a partner, and not as a 'servant'.
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'We want to make it clear we are strong enough in our own right to recognise the new dynamics in the world, and work within it,' he said.
Mr Joyce said Australia must also recognise and adapt to the United States drifting away from its traditional role of overseeing international peace.
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'We have to not be scared, not react, but clearly have a clear, wide-eyed view of exactly where the world is going, and how we're going to play our part inside it.'
Three Chinese warships sailed in Sydney on Monday as...
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