A Chinese General has dismissed Australia’s attempts to bolster its military preparedness with a major escalation in defence spending saying Australia is neither strong nor powerful. “We don’t need to take it seriously,” General Jin Yinan said in an interview in China. General Jin said if Australia insists on intervening “it would only cause greater damage” to the country itself. He also sensationally declared “white supremacy” was a key motivator for Canberra’s military-related decisions. However, Home Affair Minister Karen Andrews hit back at his comments during an interview with Sky News and defended Australia’s military capabilities. She said spending on the ADF over the next 10 years would total $270 billion and “appropriate action” was being taken.