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Australians Divided on Military Support If China Invades Taiwan

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WATCH: Natasha Kassam, Lowy Institute Director of Public Opinion and Foreign Policy, discusses its annual survey highlights.Source: Bloomberg
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Australians are sharply divided over whether to join any military action to defend Taiwan against a Chinese invasion, despite record-high levels of support for the US alliance and growing unease toward Beijing’s intentions on the world stage.

A new survey released Tuesday by the Lowy Institute, a foreign policy research group, found only a slim majority of Australians supported military action in the event of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. Out of those surveyed, 51% said they were in favor of Australia using its military forces to defend Taiwan, while 47% said they were against.