Australia risks being dragged into South China Sea war as region ‘under threat’ from Xi | World | News

Australia has called for a calming of tensions in the South China Sea as fears continue to mount that China may spark a war over Taiwan. Along with the US and Japan, Australian foreign minister Penny Wong called on Beijing to “immediately cease” military exercises around Taiwan. Taiwan’s foreign minister has said the Chinese drills off his nation’s shores show Beijing is “preparing for the invasion of Taiwan”. Beijing, which views the democratic island nation as a Chinese province, sent warships and aircraft across the median line of the Taiwan…

Australia says nation’s prosperity in danger due to Beijing’s hold across South China Sea

As long as China remains omnipresent in the South China Sea, Australia’s “prosperity” is in jeopardy, according to acting prime minister Richard Marles. While the Australian prime minister, Anthony Albanese, is on vacation, the deputy prime minister and defence minister says we must remain focused on our national interests in the face of growing Chinese influence. “We’ve just got to have a really clear-eyed focus, every moment, on where our national interest lies and speak to that. Our national interest lies in the East China Sea and the South China Sea…

US, Australia, Japan urge China to cease military exercises around Taiwan

The United States, Australia and Japan have urged China to immediately cease its military exercises launched following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei, as they reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. Pelosi, 82, was the highest-profile US official to visit Taiwan in 25 years. Pelosi’s visit on Wednesday and her meetings with President Tsai Ing-wen and other leaders has infuriated China, which views the self-governed democratic island as its territory that should be reunified with the…

‘Abusing China’s restraint’: Beijing accuses Australia of provocation at sea | South China Sea

China has accused Australia of provocation in the South China Sea and said Australia – along with the United States and Canada – must “refrain from abusing China’s restraint”. Foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin was responding to a question about recent military encounters in the South China Sea, including reports in Politico that a Chinese fighter jet had an “unsafe” and “unprofessional” interaction with an American C-130 aircraft. Politico reported that the interaction came amid more aggressive military actions by Chinese pilots involving Australian and Canadian planes. Just after the…

Australia must speak carefully and carry a big enough stick in the South China Sea

Australia’s recent change of government provides a useful opportunity to reflect on the problems of the South China Sea and the way ahead for our national policies. In a sense, the clear continuity between the approach of the last government and, so far, that of Labor confirms the need to consider matters both in their wider strategic context and for the long term. As a strategic problem, the South China Sea isn’t going to go away. Why does the South China Sea matter for Australia? Because to accept China’s claims…

U.S., Japan, Australia Conduct Trilateral Naval Training in South China Sea > U.S. Pacific Fleet > News

SOUTH CHINA SEA — The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) joined the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in the South China Sea for multinational training which concluded March 15. The training was designed to address common maritime security priorities and concerns, enhance interoperability and communication, and develop mutually-beneficial relationships, as well as promote navigational freedom in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. The operations were designed to increase collective ability to maintain maritime security and readiness and respond to any…

China’s ominous warning to Australia over forces in the South China Sea

China has issued an ominous three-word warning that Australia will “bear the consequences” of any military accident in disputed areas in the South China Sea. It comes after a Royal Australian Air Force maritime surveillance aircraft was dangerously confronted by a Chinese military fighter aircraft in international airspace over the South China Sea last month, just days after the Australian Federal Election. Canada has also accused China of dangerous air intercepts. Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, a spokesman for China’s Ministry of National Defence, issued a stern warning to the countries,…

Beijing puts Australia on notice for flying over South China Sea in first week of Albanese’s Government

Beijing has put Australia on notice for flying in disputed areas of the South China Sea in the first week of the Albanese’s Government, warning “those who come uninvited shall bear the consequences”. China’s Defence Ministry this week said the Australian surveillance plane had been involved in “risky and provocative” behaviour by flying near the Paracel Islands on May 26. Canberra has argued the Chinese fighter jet performed a “dangerous manoeuvre” in the dramatic mid-air incident, setting off flares and dropping chaff in its path. The Royal Australian Air Force…

Australia on High Alert, China’s Aerial Targeting Poses ‘Significant Threats to Peace and Stability’

China and Australia had just opened up diplomatic conversations about a month ago. But this stalemate is being challenged by conflicts occurring in their airforce operations. Last May, Australia started sending in aircraft for military surveillance in the South China Sea Region. According to the Australian Defense Department of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), their P-8 maritime surveillance aircraft was intercepted by China’s J-16 fighter during a “routine maritime surveillance activity.” “The intercept resulted in a dangerous maneuver which posed a safety threat to the P-8 aircraft and its…

What is Australia doing inside China’s exclusive economic zones?

As more dangerous interactions between Australian and Chinese military forces occur in the South China Sea, it’s important to explore what the legal basis is for Australia’s activities — and what neither the government nor the media reveal about them. Defence Minister Richard Marles says Australia is acting in accordance with international law when conducting naval and aviation activities in China’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Just so — there is no doubt that EEZs around the world are international waters. EEZs encompass waters extending up to 200 nautical miles (approximately…