Australia Concerned Over ‘Maritime Militia’ in S China Sea Ahead of Major Defence Pact With India

India 15:23 GMT 01.06.2020Get short URL New Delhi (Sputnik): India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison will be holding their first bilateral summit on 4 June. Ahead of the meeting, High Commissioner Barry O’Farrell raised key concerns that are impacting the stability around the Indian Ocean region. Indicating the outlook of the upcoming first major bilateral talk after the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia’s High Commissioner to India Barry O’Farrell has raised concern over developments in the South China Sea and the importance of “promoting free open Indo-Pacific”.…

Australia given short shrift by China over US ties and virus stance

The last time Xi Jinping visited Australia in 2014, the Chinese president received a standing ovation when he delivered a speech to parliament in which he said both nations should deepen political trust, expand co-operation and sign a free trade deal. Six years later, such cordial relations are a distant memory. Beijing refuses to return Australian government ministers’ phone calls, has slapped sanctions on its agricultural exports and warned of consumer boycotts over Canberra’s call for an inquiry into the origins of Covid-19. The depth of Beijing’s hostility towards Australia…

Lorenzana exchanges COVID-19 notes with counterparts from Japan, China, Australia

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana had exchanged COVID-19 notes with his foreign counterparts in separate phone calls recently. Lorenzana, according to a Department of National Defense (DND) statement, discussed COVID-19 strategies with his counterparts from Japan, Australia and China. In a phone call on May 12, Lorenzana exchanged experiences and best practices in battling the pandemic with Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono. Lorenzana, the DND statement said, discussed with Kono the roles that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Japan Self-Defense Force played in the fight…

China and Australia — who really holds the power?

The National People’s Congress came late this year, disrupted, like almost everything in 2020, by the global pandemic that originated just south of the capital. Normally, it’s a pantomime, a theatrical whimsy designed to give the impression of a country dedicated to consultation with a partial salute to democracy. In reality, the decisions are made long before the annual March assembly that serves as nothing more than a rubber stamp. China’s beef ban is straight from Beijing’s punishment playbook The Morrison Government seems to be betting that all it needs…

Mike Pompeo defends Australia from China threats

China has placed an 80 percent tariff on Australian barley. (JAMES DAVIES) “The Chinese Communist Party chose to threaten Australia with economic retribution for the simple act of asking for an independent inquiry into the origins of the virus,” Mr Pompeo said on Wednesday in Washington DC. “We stand with Australia and the more than 120 nations now who have taken up the American call for an inquiry into the origins of the virus, so we can understand what went wrong and save lives now, and in the future.” The…

World War 3 fears: Australia alarmed over Beijing’s South China Sea aggression | World | News

Officials said China’s activities on man-made islands in the disputed water way and the the “coercive use” of armed China Coast Guard vessels were giving cause for concern. But they said Australian vessels and aircraft would continue their operations in the region and support other nations which were doing the same. Australian high commissioner to India Barry O’Farrell said all territorial disputes needed to be settled in accordance with international law and warned acts of coercion could lead to escalation. His comments come in the wake of increased Chinese aggression…

Australia needs strategy, not suppliance, in dealing with China

A major disruptive crisis can force countries to adapt in ways that are deeply uncomfortable to the authors of the old order. That is what is happening with the Covid-19 pandemic. The world is being pushed into a deep economic depression. Political systems everywhere are struggling to cope with a medical emergency but have yet to grapple with the second-order and third-order effects of the pandemic that could reshape the global strategic balance. For Australia, it’s a wonderful outcome that we have—so far—‘flattened the curve’ and can start to plan…

Daniel Andrews eases Victoria COVID-19 restrictions from Wednesday, NSW and QLD students to return to schools, Australia death toll at 97

“I’m not interested in identifying every human failing, I’m trying to keep the inquiry to the causal track. The casual track includes the disembarkation as it occurred. There are other things that may flow from that,” he said. In its brief sitting, Carnival’s director of port operations. Paul Mifsud, told the Commission the cruise giant did not require passengers disembarking from the ship to keep at a 1.5 metre distance from one another. “Manageable” groups of 100 disembark from the ship at the same time their bags are unloaded every…

US, Australia play good cop, bad cop with China

MANILA – A de facto US-Australia alliance is seeking greater transparency and accountability for China’s role in the global Covid-19 pandemic, with Washington taking a tough tack approach and Canberra adopting a more moderate line.   The Donald Trump administration has threatened to cutoff support to the World Health Organization (WHO) for supposedly kowtowing to China, while US congressmen ready legislation seeking reparations from Beijing for pandemic-related losses. On Thursday, Trump said the Covid-19 was the worst disaster to hit the US since the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941…

Chinese Military Base In The Pacific Near Australia Could Be A Nightmare For The US & Allies

Chinese military base in the Pacific near Australia could soon be a reality if Canberra and her allies do not take urgent measures. With the aim of developing a military base in the Pacific near Australia, the Chinese government have gone all out to woo the tiny, impoverished Pacific island nations. How China Is Squeezing & Conquering The World With The Philosophy Of Sun Tzu? As per experts, hiding behind the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese have left no stone unturned to charm the Pacific Island nations which neighbour Australia. A…