Australian Govt. rejects Beijing’s South China Sea claims

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Australia has long advocated for freedom of navigation in the South China Sea and for all claimants to resolve their differences in compliance with global laws.

It goes on to say that "Australia rejects any claims to internal waters, territorial sea, exclusive economic zone and continental shelf based on such straight baselines".

ANU professor of International Law Don Rothwell said Australia's letter to the United Nations was a formal and public rejection of China's claims over islands in the South China Sea.

The report was confirmed by a defence spokesperson who said that five Australian warships, HMAS Canberra, Hobart, Stuart, Arunta and Sirius, "transited the South China Sea independently" from 14-18 July, including near the Spratly Islands.

"China Sea disputes must be resolved through worldwide law", US Secretary said in a tweet.

United State Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday said that disputes in the China Sea must be resolved through worldwide law and free nations should come together to fight it.

The two leaders noted that there have been "coercive actions in the South China Sea", which "continue to create tensions that destabilizes the region".

The Australian Government, July 2020What's the dispute?

But the US senior official said if more nations conducted operations in the region it might actually reduce tensions in the region by "removing the US-China binary from the equation".

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Beijing says the West - and Washington in particular - is gripped by anti-Chinese hysteria and colonial thinking about the communist state.

The push by the two allies is meant as a response to what they see as an intensifying Chinese campaign to dominate the resource-rich South China Sea.

The government said that features such as artificial islands can not attain the status of an island, and cited a UNCLOS provision stating that artificial islands do not have territorial sea and do not affect delimitation of maritime zones.

"Although China-Australia relations have already drastically soured, Australia has chosen to show its loyalty for the US".

Diplomatic rigidity concerning China and Australia has worsened a short while ago above a variety of difficulties like an Australian get in touch with for an global enquiry into the novel coronavirus, which emerged in the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan late very last yr.

"It should be said that so far Australia has not learned a great lesson", Fangyin's article said. "It rejected China's claim at the United Nations level, which will have quite a negative impact", it said.

"If it still insists on going on the current path, the possibility that China will take strong countermeasures can not be ruled out".

"It comes at a when Australia's relationship with China is very tense and the USA and China are at the point of shutting down consulates in each other's countries", political reporter Kerrie Yaxley said.

China said Australian agricultural products like beef and wine could come under fire if Australia keeps provoking Beijing.

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