Free UniversE-ity

A site for self-determination and against the enclosure of knowledge

Australia opposes any military base on artificial islands in the South China Sea: Defence Minister Kevin Andrews

Peace and Freedom

Security analysts regard the South China Sea as a potential flashpoint,Security analysts regard the South China Sea as a potential flashpoint, Photo: RITCHIE B. TONGO 

By Daniel Flitton
Sydney Morning Herals

Defence Minister Kevin Andrews  has voiced Australia’s concern over any military build-up on artificial islands in the South China Sea – just days after a US spy plane made a show of buzzing close to a Chinese base in the disputed territory.

Warning of a “more challenging” security environment in the years ahead, Mr Andrews said the US-China relationship was a key consideration in the government’s forthcoming strategic blueprint for Australia’s defence, to be released in July or August.

But he also sounded a note of optimism, telling an audience in Melbourne on Friday the increasingly sophisticated armed forces in the region could find it easier to work closely together.

Mr Andrews also rejected concerns Australia was isolating China by getting too close to the US and Japan.

“We’d like to…

View original post 224 more words

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on May 23, 2015 by .
%d bloggers like this: