operation’ with Europe over ‘destabilising’ South China Sea
Prime Minister Scott Morrison made a veiled swipe overnight at China over the country’s concerning actions in the South China Sea, but blink and you’d miss it.
Late on Thursday night, a joint press release from the PM office detailed a virtual meeting held that day between Mr Morrison, President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.
Among the 17 points discussed included the leaders reconfirming resolve to work together to fight the COVID 19 pandemic and committing ensure universal, equitable and early access to safe, effective and affordable COVID 19 vaccines further down the list, was a pointed note surrounding the troubles in the South China Sea, in which China is a key player.
leaders agreed to enhance co operation to promote shared interests in security and prosperity in Asia and the Pacific, spanning the Indian and Pacific oceans, the statement reads.
leaders expressed serious concern about the unilateral and destabilising actions in the South China Sea and underlined the importance of upholding international law, particularly the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). China wasn mentioned by name in the document, it clear where the suggestion points.
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Australian and US navy ships conduct manoeuvres in the South China Sea.
Beijing is a signatory to UNCLOS, but has declared all rulings against its interests as being irrelevant or invalid.
And an international tribunal in The Hague also ruled China had no historic title over its waters.
Yet satellite images have revealed Beijing is continuing to build fully functioning air and naval bases.
The Australian Government formally rejected China maritime claims in the South China Sea with a message to the United Nations.
Since, the country has imposed sanctions on numerous Australian products including beef and wine.
relationship between China and Australia has now deteriorated to a very bad point and the chance for a turnaround is slim in the near future, according to an article penned by Guangdong Research Institute professor Zhou Fangyin.
Beijing continues to double down on its assertion of total control over the South China Sea, swarming warships and aircraft around a US destroyer as it sailed through international waters.
urge the US side to immediately stop such kind of provocative actions, strictly manage and control its maritime and air military operations so as not to cause any eventuality, warned a Chinese military spokesman.