New Delhi: China’s appalling behaviour in the South China Sea (SCS) is similar to what India witnessed at the Line of Actual Control (LAC), said Richard Marles, Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence.
Marles expressed his concern that one country seeks to settle border disputes through force rather than rules.
Speaking to the media at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi, he said, “China is seeking to shape the world around it in ways that we have not seen before and that have evolved over the last decade.” In the last few years, we have seen a more assertive China. “
We have seen that in the South China Sea and with India along the LAC two years back. ” We stand in solidarity with India in respect of that incident (Galwan). For us, we are experiencing that in the South China Sea (SCS), “he added.
Marles explained how China is Australia’s largest trading partner. “China is our biggest security concern, and so is India. At this moment, it is really important that we reach out. We are friends, exchanging notes. We are working closely to build our relationship in terms of the economy and defence together, “he said.”
He focused on the bilateral relationship between India and Australia, which both share values, are democracies, and have the rule of law applied in their countries. We share geography as well; Australia is an Indian Ocean country with strong security ties and significant economic activity in the region. Indian-Australians are the fastest-growing community.