August 7, 2020

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Australia, China envoys to India spar over South China Sea | India Information

NEW DELHI: A Twitter spat between the Chinese language and Australian envoys to India over the South China Sea highlighted regional tensions as China’s refusal to abide by the UNCLOS (United Nations Conference for the Legislation of the Sea) arbitral award, and its latest aggressive actions within the space, have raised issues amongst a number of international locations in its neighbourhood.
Responding to Australian excessive commissioner Barry O’Farrell’s remarks on Thursday expressing concern over Chinese language actions, Chinese language ambassador Solar Weidong tweeted, “…China’s territorial sovereignty, maritime rights and pursuits are in conformity with worldwide legislation, together with UNCLOS. It’s clear who safeguard peace and stability and who destabilise and provoke escalation within the area.”

O’Farrell responded, “I’d hope you then observe the 2016 South China Sea arbitral award which is remaining and binding beneath worldwide legislation, and in addition typically chorus from actions that unilaterally alter the established order.” The award upheld the Philippines’s maritime entitlements and the standing of options within the South China Sea and held China’s nine-dash line declare as having no validity beneath worldwide legislation.

On Thursday, the Australian envoy in a readout of his assembly with international minister S Jaishankar stated concerning the scenario on the LAC, “Australia opposes any makes an attempt to unilaterally alter the established order, which solely serve to extend stress and the danger of instability.”
However he took a harder stand on South China Sea. “Australia stays deeply involved by actions within the South China Sea which can be destabilising and will provoke escalation. On July 23, Australia lodged a notice with the UN secretary normal refuting China’s illegal maritime claims… It rejects China’s declare…”

Australia has joined a lot of different international locations to touch upon Malaysia’s declare in December 2019 relating to its continental shelf within the northern a part of the South China Sea. China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and america have all responded.
Watch Australia, China envoys to India argue over South China Sea