Envoys of Australia and China conflict on Twitter over sovereignty claims in South China Sea

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 31

The envoys of Australia and China on Friday clashed on Twitter over sovereignty claims in South China Sea.

It started with China’s Ambassador to India Sun Weidong tweeting that Australian High Commissioner to India Barry O’ Farrell was disregarding information in his feedback on South China Sea and that China’s claims have been primarily based on UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas).

O’ Farrell thanked Sun for his feedback and hoped that if UNCLOS was the benchmark for settling disputes, China would comply with the 2016 South China Sea Arbitral Award which is closing and binding underneath worldwide regulation.

He additionally needed China to typically chorus from actions that unilaterally alter the established order.

South China Sea, nonetheless, might not have been the one difficulty that had troubled the Chinese envoy.

On Thursday, when Sun was explaining his nation’s place on the Galwan Valley clashes at a convention, O’ Farrell met External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and launched a press release on which he additionally dwelt on the LAC tensions.

The Chinese envoy prevented commenting on O’ Farrell’s a part of the assertion that mentioned Australia opposed any try to unilaterally alter the established order on the line of precise management (LAC), as that can enhance rigidity and the danger of instability.

Sun educated his hearth on the South China Sea a part of the assertion by the Australian High Commissioner since Canberra has just lately spoken on the problem twice.

On July 23, Australia lodged a notice with the UN Secretary General refuting China’s maritime claims within the South China Sea.

More just lately, the joint assertion launched after the Australia-US Two plus Two (Defence and Foreign Ministers of each international locations) used an identical phrases for the 2016 choice of the Arbitral Tribunal – “it is final and binding on both parties”.  

The joint assertion had additionally mentioned the Indo-Pacific is the main target of the US-Australia Alliance and that the US and Australia are working side-by-side, together with with ASEAN, India, Japan, Korea and Five Eyes companions to strengthen alliances and partnerships.

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