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US News Faced with China's critics, Australia says Defend International Law

14:35  17 september  2021
14:35  17 september  2021 Source:   france24.com

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Le Premier ministre australien, Scott Morrison (à gauche), et le président chinois, Xi Jinping (à droite). © AFP Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (left), and Chinese President Xi Jinping (right).

The Australian Prime Minister explained Friday that the military alliance with the United States and the United Kingdom aimed to respond to the current situation in the Asia-Pacific region, where the territories are increasingly disputed and where the Rivalry with China intensifies.

Australia swept, Friday, September 17, China's anger, after announcing the purchase of American nuclear propulsion submarines, Canberra committed to enforcing international law in the aerial and maritime spaces claimed by Beijing.

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China has a "very important program of construction of nuclear submarines," said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday, in an interview at the 2GB radio station.

"They have the right to take, in defense, decisions in their own interests and, of course, Australia and all other countries too," he replied to the criticism of Beijing.

China had strongly reacted, by qualifying the acquisition of these submarines of "extremely irresponsible" and threatening in particular stability in the Indo-Pacific region. It has also pointed that it calls into question the international efforts of nuclear non-proliferation. These Western allies are likely to "shoot yourself in the foot," she warned.

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then Friday, the Embassy of China in Australia has pulled the nail. "We strongly oppose the unfounded accusations and erroneous remarks against China on the issues related to the Southern China Sea, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan and other issues related to China," Declared a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Canberra in a statement.

The new security pact between Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom, announced Wednesday by US President Joe Biden, also provides for close collaboration between Washington and Canberra in terms of cyberfense, and artificial intelligence in particular. .

The Head of the Australian Government hammered in different interviews that his government responded to the current situation in the Asia-Pacific region, where the territories are increasingly disputed and the rivalry intensifies.

"Ensuring peace and stability"

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Australia has "absolutely aware of the ability of Chinese nuclear submarines and the growing military spending of Beijing, said Scott Morrison on Television Channel Seven. "We want to make sure that international waters remain international, just like the airspace, and that the rule of law applies in the same way everywhere," he added.

Canberra wants to ensure that there are no "prohibited zones" in the regions governed by international law, said the Australian Prime Minister. "It's essential, whether in terms of trade, submarine cables, aircraft and space in which they can fly, (...) that's the order of things we need to preserve. This ensures peace and stability and that's the goal we are seeking to achieve. "

Beijing claims almost all of the Southern China Sea, rich in natural resources and through the billions of dollars of goods, and rejects the territorial claims of other residents: Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Taiwan and Philippines.

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China has been accused of deploying anti-ships missiles and sol-air missiles, ignoring a decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (CPA) that found in 2016 that Beijing has no "historical right" on this strategic sea.

Commercial tensions between Beijing and Canberra has not stopped growing since 2018. In recent months, China has imposed severe economic sanctions against many Australian products.

Many believe that it is primarily for retaliation against the refusal of Chinese investments in strategic sectors and CANBERRA calls to an investigation into the origins of the CVIV-19 epidemic.

with AFP and Reuters

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