ON BOARD THE HMAS CANBERRA: Australia’s largest warship took half in joint drills with the Philippines and america within the disputed South China Sea on Monday (Aug 21), as they search to strengthen defence ties within the face of China’s rising navy presence.
China deploys a whole lot of coast guard, navy and different vessels to patrol and militarise reefs within the contested waters, which it claims nearly totally regardless of a world ruling that its place has no authorized foundation.
The HMAS Canberra is one in every of a number of ships concerned in Train Alon within the Philippines, which is being held for the primary time as a part of Australia’s annual Indo-Pacific Endeavour exercise. Alon is Tagalog for “wave”.
Greater than 2,000 troops from Australia and the Philippines are participating within the Aug 14 to Aug 31 air, sea and land workouts. About 150 US Marines are additionally collaborating.
Monday’s simulated air assault within the south of the Philippine island of Palawan occurred round 200km from the Spratly Islands, the place long-standing tensions between Manila and Beijing have flared.
“Just like the Philippines, Australia desires a peaceable, steady and affluent area which respects sovereignty and which is guided by rules-based order,” Hae Kyong Yu, Australia’s ambassador to Manila, stated at Tarumpitao Level Airfield.
Such workouts have been “essential” as a result of “by way of these, we’re placing our phrases into motion”, she stated.