PM urges China Sea free­doms

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - SHARRI MARKSON

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.

Mr Turn­bull.

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