Liberal Party Defence and National Security Policy Chair Lincoln Parker says China will never change its strategy, regardless of what Australian government is in power.
“There’s just no way that any Australian government is going to give up their sovereignty completely and become a vassal state to China, which is exactly what they want,” he told Sky News Australia.
He said Australia “needs to go back to China with our own set of demands”.
“To say, first and foremost, you need to release Australian and indeed all political prisoners.
“There’s all sorts of things we should be saying to them.”