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