PM urges China Sea freedoms
MALCOLM Turnbull has muscled up to China, declaring a code of conduct is needed for its actions in the South China Sea and that other countries should be free to conduct freedom of navigation exercises within the waters.
The Prime Minister sent a clear message to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that Australia would not take a backward step on the South China Sea contested territories, maintaining our right to conduct training exercises in the region — a position that causes contention with China.
In a speech to world leaders at the close of the East Asia Summit yesterday, Mr Turnbull said while Australia did not take sides on competing territorial claims, freedom of navigation exercises and overflights need to be respected.
Mr Turnbull also objected to the militarisation of disputed features in the South China Sea. In the speech to world leaders, Mr Turnbull also spoke about the importance of cutting off funding to terrorists.