Australia opposes China's militarisation of East Sea
Updated : Wednesday, May 23, 2018 9:46 AM (GMT+0700)

AustralianForeign Minister Julie Bishop has raised objections to China’s militarisationof the East Sea after reports that a Chinese bomber capable of carrying anuclear warhead had landed in the Paracel archipelago.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop - Source:

Bishop on May 21 held talkswith her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of the G20 foreignministers’ meeting in Argentina, ABCNews reported.

The Australian ministerdescribed the discussion as “very warm and candid and constructive” and saidshe would shortly visit the Chinese capital of Beijing.

She also affirmed thatAustralia would “continue to approach our bilateral relationship with goodwilland realism and pragmatism and open communication”.

While the meeting inArgentina was obviously intended to achieve a diplomatic thaw, Bishop confirmedshe had raised objections about China’s activities in the East Sea.

Australia’s position hasbeen very clear and consistent and it is very well known to China, she said,adding that Canberra’s concern about militarisation of disputed features in theEast Sea has been the subject of a number of discussions.

Bishop also discussed theEast Sea issue with the US at the G20 meeting. She said Australia wouldcontinue to exercise its rights to freedom of navigation and overflight “andsupport the rights of others to do so” – and had conveyed that position toChina.


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