Australia Bolsters Military Posture in South China Sea

March 4, 2018

CANBERRA, Australia—Australia said it has boosted its naval presence in the South China Sea in response to concerns about regional stability, as Beijing expands its military footprint in the disputed waterway and faces accusations of interference in Australia’s affairs.


The Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne’s remarks to a parliamentary hearing Thursday highlight officials’ unease about China’s rising military capability and concerns among the U.S. and its allies about Beijing’s intentions. Separately during the hearings, a senior envoy described Canberra’s relations with China as “difficult.”


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