Liberal Senator Jim Molan says we know what China plans to do in relation to Taiwan because President Xi Jinping has been “telling us”.
It comes amid news Taiwan is preparing for Chinese invasion.
Mr Molan said the world has been “ignoring authoritarian rulers” over the last 100 years “to our cost”.
“They tend to tell you exactly what they want to do, and we don’t believe it,” he told Sky News host Rita Panahi.
“There is a pattern of coercion and aggression here that is getting worse and worse and worse.”