Australia’s S. China Sea dilemma

Navy faces growing calls to be more assertive, but some analysts advise against provocation.

Australia’s dilemma over patrols in South China Sea

Jonathan Pearlman

Australia is weighing a more assertive response to China’s territorial claims in the region, with growing calls for the navy to patrol within 12 nautical miles of contested islands in the South China Sea.

The proposed freedom of navigation exercise was reportedly discussed by Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during talks last month at the White House with United States President Barack Obama.

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