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US, Australia Builds Up Defense In South China Sea

While other countries mull and worry over the Syrian conflict, another war is brewing in the South China Sea. According to reports, the United States and Australia are looking to beef defenses in the region in light of China’s continued militarization. US has been concerned over Beijing’s military buildup in the South China sea that […]

Australia, New Zealand urge China show restraint in South China Sea

SYDNEY: Australia and New Zealand strongly urged China Friday to refrain from stoking tensions in the South China Sea, after its apparent deployment of surface-to-air missiles on a disputed island. Tensions between China and its neighbors over sovereignty in the South China Sea were raised after Taiwan and U.S. officials said China deployed an advanced […]

Chinese newspaper warns Australia against meddling in the South China Sea

An editorial in a Chinese state-owned newspaper said it would be shame if an Australian plane “fell from the sky” a day after the world learnt that the RAAF flew an aircraft over disputed territory claimed by China. The comment was published in the English language edition of The Global Times following Australia’s challenge to […]

South China Sea warning after RAAF flight

China has called on other countries not to ‘complicate’ the issue in the South China Sea after an Australian plane flew over the disputed area. The Defence Department says one of its aircraft was involved in a routine maritime patrol over the South China Sea from November 25 to December 4. The Australian aircrew declared […]

South China Sea: Australia steps up air patrols in defiance of Beijing

The BBC records a Royal Australian Air Force surveillance plane conducting an air patrol over the fiercely contested South China Sea. Australia has stepped up military surveillance flights over the South China Sea in a signal to Beijing that it means to continue operating in the regional flashpoint area despite heightened tensions provoked by territorial […]

Malcolm Turnbull absolutely behind US in South China Sea

Malcolm Turnbull has pledged Australia’s absolute support for the United States in its campaign against China’s incursions in the South China Sea which are posing threats to freedom of navigation. Following a meeting between Mr Turnbull and US President Barack Obama in Manila, where they are attending the APEC summit, both men made it clear […]

Australia should send warships to South China Sea, former foreign minister Gareth Evans says

Former foreign minister Gareth Evans has suggested Australian warships be deployed to the South China Sea to protest against Beijing’s island-building activity in the contested waterway. Last week in high-level talks with the United States, Australia agreed to increase naval cooperation in the South China Sea, but is so far rejecting suggestions it could join […]

China slams Australia, US on South China Sea

China has criticised Australia and the US after it was urged to halt its artificial island building in the South China Sea. A statement from the Chinese embassy in Canberra says the United States and Australia should not pick sides after the allies called on China to permit free ship movement and aircraft overflights near […]

Narrow Court Ruling May Offer Room for Diplomacy on South China Sea Claims

SYDNEY: While tensions continue to rise in the South China Sea with steady military build-up by all sides, especially by China, a new pathway may be opening for peaceful resolution of the territorial disputes. The Arbitral Tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration will soon announce whether it has jurisdiction to rule on the Philippines’ […]

Australia ‘deplores’ unilateral action in South China Sea: Tony Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has delivered a blunt warning to China that Australia “deplores” any unilateral action that would alter the status quo in the South China Sea, a clear reference to China’s ambitious reclamation and island-building projects that are designed to position its military hardware in the disputed Spratly Islands chain. Mr Abbott and […]