Australia PM urges Asian nations to stand up for ‘sovereignty’ amid S. China Sea tensions

Posted on August 23, 2019 6:17 am

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Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday urged nations in Asia to stand up for their “independence and sovereignty,” with tensions high in the disputed South China Sea. The comments came after the US slammed China for its “escalation” in the waterway, a key global shipping route, where Beijing is accused of deploying warships, arming outposts and ramming fishing vessels, AFP said.

Morrison was speaking during a trip to Vietnam, one of China’s most vocal critics over competing claims in the resource-rich sea. The PM said Australia supports “the principle of international law,” without naming China and refusing to “take