Newly appointed Defence Minister Peter Dutton has responded to criticism from China’s Global Times, accusing him of “stir up trouble” with the United States in the South China Sea. Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell says “”the Global Times out of China had an article criticisicriticizingointment describing you as a hawk and saying it was likely you would look to work with the US to stir up South China Sea issues””.
Mr. Dutton said “”they’re’ half right”” as he fully intended to work closely with the United States because they were Australia’s most important ally. However, he added that Australia would not work with America in an “”antagonistic way”” but rather only secure national sovereignty.”e don’td’support militarisation of ports.”We”dondon’t’pport any foreign country trying to exert influence here via cyber or other means.
We “don’tdon’tt to see conflict in our region.
Mr “Sutton said he would continue to work with allies in the region and five eyes partners worldwide.