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    China should be denied access to South China Sea islands: Trump secretary of state nominee

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    Han2

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    China should be denied access to South China Sea islands: Trump secretary of state nominee

    Post by Han2 on Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:15 pm

    US President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state set a course for a potentially serious confrontation with Beijing on Wednesday,
    saying China should be denied access to islands it has built in the contested South China Sea.

    In comments expected to enrage Beijing, Rex Tillerson told his confirmation hearing before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee that China's
    building of islands and putting military assets on those islands was "akin to Russia's taking Crimea" from Ukraine.

    Asked whether he supported a more aggressive posture towards China, he said: "We're going to have to send China a clear signal that, first,
    the island-building stops and, second, your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed."

    The former Exxon Mobil Corp chairman and chief executive did not elaborate on what might be done to deny China access to the islands it has built up
    from South China Sea reefs, equipped with military-length airstrips and fortified with weapons.

    Trump's transition team did not immediately respond to a request for specifics on how China might be blocked from the artificial islands.

    http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-china-should-be-denied-access-to-south-china-sea-islands-trump-secretary-of-state-nominee-2291631
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    Re: China should be denied access to South China Sea islands: Trump secretary of state nominee

    Post by Antu on Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:30 am

    Former Prime Minister Paul Keating has urged Australia to distance itself from the dangerous stance being taken by the incoming US administration on the South China Sea, launching a scathing attack on Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson.

    Mr Keating accused Mr Tillerson of making "ludicrous" claims and threatening to involve Australia in a war with China, after the controversial former Exxon Mobil chief called for the US and its allies to block Beijing's access to islands it has built in the disputed waters.

    Mr Keating said the federal government should "tell the new US Administration from the get-go that Australia will not be part of such adventurism, just as we should have done on Iraq 15 years ago."

    "That means no naval commitment to joint operations in the South China Sea and no enhanced US military facilitation of such operations," he said in a statement released on Friday.

    The intervention from Mr Keating, who has long argued for Australia to adopt a more independent foreign policy and who sits on the international advisory board of the China Development Bank, came after Mr Tillerson made the blockade suggestion in his confirmation hearing on Wednesday.

    So far, China's official response has been muted. However, asked about any potential Australian involvement, Liu Qing, from the China Institute of International Studies, a think tank which sits under the Foreign Ministry, warned Canberra to consider its own interests and those of the region as well as those of its ally.
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    Re: China should be denied access to South China Sea islands: Trump secretary of state nominee

    Post by daeva on Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:57 am

    No wonder.

    Mr Keating has vested interest in China.

    Luckily he has no influence on Canberra. Grin

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