Australia won't halt surveillance flights over South China Sea
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Australia will not bow to Chinese pressure to halt surveillance flights over disputed islands in the South China Sea at the center of rival claims between China and some of its neighbors, Defense Minister Marise Payne said yesterday. The Australian Defense Department said on Tuesday one of its aircraft had flown over the South China Sea from Nov. 25 to Dec. 4, just as the US Pacific Fleet Commander warned that a possible arms race could engulf the region. China claims most of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion of world trade ships every year, a fifth of it heading to and from U.S. ports.
Australia won't halt surveillance flights over South China Sea. (2015, December 18). The Philippine Star, p. 9.
- The Philippine Star