Stay away from China, former defence chief warns
Former chief of the Defence Force, Sir Angus Houston, has surprised hawks in the military establishment by warning against freedom-of-navigation exercises near Chinese-constructed islands in the South China Sea.
Defence Minister Marise Payne responded by labelling Sir Angus’s comments — which back the government’s position — as a “constructive contribution”, while Labor said it would stick to its harder line and advocate for the exercises.
The comments come amid signals from the Trump administration it will adopt a tough stance on China.
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Update: Australia should not join US in South China Sea operations, says retired defence chief (The Guardian).
WNU Editor: Former chief of the Defence Force Sir Angus Houston believes that negotiation is the way to go .... but the problem is that China has shown no interest in negotiating what they believe is their territorial right .... doubly so with the constant threats coming from China .... 'We must take revenge' Chinese call for WAR with Australia over South China Sea dispute (Express).