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And senator Eric Abetz said China‘s increasingly belligerent rhetoric was viewed with unease in his country – stressing conflict needed to be averted at all costs. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced plans to increase Australia’s defence budget sharply earlier this year – and while he did not mention China by name, it was clear Beijing’s activities in the waterway, where it has built military fortifications on numerous uninhabited islands, were a major factor. Tasmanian senator Mr Abetz, who is a member of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee,…

PH, Australia uphold freedom of navigation rights in disputed S. China Sea

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Australian Senator Linda Reynolds during the bilateral meeting that was held at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, October 22, 2020. Department of National Defense/Handout MANILA — The Philippines and Australia upheld Thursday the importance of freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea during the first visit of Australia’s defense minister in the country.  Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Australian Defense Minister Sen. Linda Reynolds emphasized the need to maintain freedom of navigation and overflight in the disputed area in compliance…

US, Japan, Australia team up for naval exercises in South China Sea

The guided-missile destroyer John S. McCain linked up with the Royal Australian Navy and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force in the South China Sea to conduct naval exercises on Monday. The exercises, which signify the fifth time this year that the U.S. has conducted exercises in the 7th Fleet’s area of operations with Australia and Japan, aim to enhance the ability of forces to work together and maintain maritime security and readiness, the U.S. Navy said. Specifically, JMSDF’s destroyer JS Kirisame and the Australian Royal Navy’s frigate HMAS Arunta…

US, Japan, Australia Conduct Joint Exercises in the South China Sea

The US, Japan, and Australia conducted joint naval exercises in the South China Sea on Monday, the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet said on Tuesday. The drills marked the fifth time this year that the three countries had conducted exercises together in the Seventh Fleet’s areas of operations. The USS John McCain, a guided-missile destroyer, joined an Australian warship and a Japanese warship. “Operations together included surface, subsurface, and air defense exercises, and a variety of other training events to strengthen regional maritime security operations,” the Seventh Fleet said. “By operating…

Australia, Japan to ramp up engagement in South China Sea

The regional partners have agreed to enhance maritime activities in the South China Sea amid mounting concerns over “destabilising and coercive unilateral actions”, which threaten to “alter the status quo”, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has revealed. The regional partners have agreed to enhance maritime activities in the South China Sea amid mounting concerns over “destabilising and coercive unilateral actions”, which threaten to “alter the status quo”, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has revealed. Australian Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds met with Japan’s newly appointed Minister of Defense Kishi Nobuo in Tokyo…

DVIDS – News – U.S., Japan, Australia Conduct Trilateral Naval Exercises in South China Sea

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 20, 2020) – Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) in the South China Sea for multinational exercises, Oct. 19. Participants included John S. McCain, JS Kirisame (DD 104) of the JMSDF, and HMAS Arunta (FFH 151) of the RAN. These exercises marked the fifth time of 2020 that Australia, Japan, and the U.S. have conducted operations together in the 7th Fleet area of operations. Throughout the naval exercises,…

Japan, Australia warn on South China Sea

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has met her Japanese counterpart Kishi Nabuo in Tokyo where both warned against attempts to “change the status quo by coercion” in the South China Sea. In a joint statement on Monday night the ministers said their nations would continue to coordinate closely on the security situation in the region. They affirmed the importance of upholding freedom of navigation and overflight. Without naming China they reaffirmed their “serious concern” about the militarisation of disputed islands and reefs, “dangerous or coercive use” of coast guard vessels and…

PH chessers falter against Australia, playoff chance still alive

PH chessers falter against Australia, playoff chance still alive GM John Paul Gomez The Philippines yielded to nemesis Australia, 3-1, but remained in quarterfinal contention after eight rounds in the men’s side of the Asian Nations Online Chess Cup on Friday. Grandmaster Mark Paragua averted a shutout by carving out a win over GM Anton Smirnov on Board 1, while GM John Paul Gomez and International Masters Haridas Pascua and Paulo Bersamina all fell by the wayside. Gomez was the first to succumb at the expense of GM Max Illingworth…

Whale rescuers face grim task in Australia mass stranding

After days wading through chilly waters, surrounded by the pained cries of hundreds of stranded whales on Australia’s south coast, rescuers faced the grim task Friday of disposing of the carcasses. Rescuers work to save a whale on a beach in Macquarie Harbour on the rugged west coast of Tasmania on September 25, 2020, as Australian rescuers were forced to begin euthanising some surviving whales from a mass stranding that has already killed 380 members of the giant pod. (Photo by Mell CHUN / AFP) In “one hell of an…

Australia faces down China in high-stakes strategy.

So far, China hasn’t mentioned iron ore as a potential target for reprisal. For good reason: Australia makes up 60% of China’s imports of iron ore, crucial for powering an economy Beijing is trying to get back to full capacity after it was shuttered by the virus. Despite China’s “bluster,” it needs Australia, says former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, whose relationship with Beijing became increasingly icy during his tenure from 2015 to 2018. “If China suddenly came across a huge supply of iron ore, at appropriate grades, that they could…