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Australia should stay out of the South China Sea

4 Jun 2015
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Canberra looks set to wade into the South China Sea’s turbulent waters.

As The Australian reported on Tuesday, Australia may soon fly a P-3 maritime reconnaissance aircraft near artificial Chinese islands in the South China Sea’s contested waters.

Following a much-publicised US overflight of disputed Chinese-controlled territory last month, such an initiative would be a bold demonstration of Australian support for US moves to counter Chinese expansionism.

Canberra should reconsider this mooted freedom of navigation exercise.

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