While the United States had recently infuriated China by sending military ships and aircraft into the South China Sea, Australia was also progressing in the war games.
It was recently reported that a feceral labor government in Australia might allow the Defence Force to administer a freedom of navigation exercise in the disputed region.
According to Labor’s Defence Spokesman Stephen Conroy, Bill Shorten’s government would give complete freedom to Defence to decide if the navigation was necessary and secure.
Senator Conroy believed that China building artificial islands in the South China Sea constitute a regional security challenge. He stated that it is essential for this threat to be directly addressed.
“We believe our Defence Force should be authorised to conduct freedom of navigation operations consistent with international law,” Conroy said.
According to ABC News, Kim Beazley, the former defence minister and Labor leader, was backing these plans for freedom of navigation exercises.
It was not long ago, Beazley had returned from his role as ambassador to Washington.
United States military movements in the South China Sea, included two B-52 bombers. It was during February and March, when two American admirals were giving strong indications that Australia should come in support of the United States in so-called freedom of navigation operations.
Now that Australia is trying to get ahead in the war games, it looks like a gesture of support for the US. However, if Australia follows the course, China might look at it in a dissonant manner, as it is Australia’s biggest trading partner, says The Australian Financial Review.
Beazley said that they should not do it with “fanfare.” He stated that Australia’s action should not do be established on the grounds of “mocking and humiliating.”
“We should not do it on the basis of confrontation. We should do it on the basis of the law,” Beazley said.
Conroy also said that China’s building of artificial islands on top of submerged reefs is completely absurd.