The Australian’s editor-at-large Paul Kelly says Australia needs to maintain “strategic ambiguity” when it comes to the issue of Taiwan.

“We need to maintain the current policy; we need to maintain strategic ambiguity as the approach to this issue which has been the approach for many decades now,” Mr Kelly told Sky News Australia.

“That’s the approach, essentially that Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne have followed.”

He said he thinks it was “unwise” for Peter Dutton to comment a couple of weeks ago that it would be “inconceivable” Australia would not be involved in conflict if the United States got involved.

He said he also does not agree with Shadow Foreign Minister Penny Wong’s claim the Morrison government is “amplifying the Beijing fatalistic position that the only answer on Taiwan is unificational war”.

“I don’t think that is the position of the Morrison government,” he said.

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