SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 12: US Secretary of State John Kerry and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop sign a Force Posture Agreement during the AUSMIN talks at Admiralty House on August 12, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel are meeting with their Australian counterparts Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Australian Defence Minister David Johnston at the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN), which will focus on regional security and enhanced military co-operation. (Photo by Dan Himbrechts – Pool/Getty Images) (Photo : Dan Himbrechts – Pool/Getty Images)
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In light of recent activities of China building artificial islands in the South China Sea, the U.S. and Australian government had a two-day planning in Boston on Tuesday revealing that the two countries will be in cooperation to navigate the islands.
In the name of freedom of navigation in waters, such as in the South China Sea, both the U.S. and Australian government have been planning to navigate and patrol on the artificial islands that China previously announced to be continuously creating.
The U.S. was represented by its Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Ash Carter while Australia was represented by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Defense Minister Marise Payne. The parties discussed their possible cooperative plans to patrol the islands within the 12-nautical miles limit claimed by China, according to Reuters.