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China, Philippines discuss joint oil and gas projects in South China Sea

Filipinos protest China's build up in disputed sea Filipino vows to defend sea resources
Ellis Copeland | 15 February, 2018, 02:00

British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said HMS Sutherland, an anti-submarine frigate, would arrive in Australia later this week.

In a Monday report about the interview, the ABC quoted Williamson as saying, "We've got HMS Sutherland now approaching Australia and after she's been to Australia, she'll be going through the South China Sea".

"There are ongoing bilateral talks as far as contentious South China Sea issues are concerned", he said.

"Like I said last week, now the South China Sea is calm and tranquil and we hope relevant sides don't try to create trouble out of nothing".

Queen Elizabeth on deck during her visit to HMS Sutherland.

While asserting his belief that the Donald Trump White House remains committed to Washington's network of alliances around the world, he added: "The US is looking for other countries to do more".

Over the last several years China has claimed and built up into artificial islands a series of atolls and reefs in disputed parts of the South China Sea, a vital trading lane, and it has installed military hardware there.

At the same time, Williamson didn't specify whether the frigate would sail near the China-controlled islands, a move usually practiced by the USA that comes under criticism from Beijing.

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HMS Sutherland is an anti-submarine warship similar to the design the United Kingdom is hoping to build for Australia as part of the $35 billion Future Frigate Program, which is also being contested by Spanish and Italian shipbuilders.

China has also defied and refuses to comply with an worldwide arbitration ruling that invalidated its claim in virtually all of the South China Sea on historical grounds.

He said: "I think we've always got to be vigilant to any form of malign intent".

In his interview with The Australian, he said: "Relations with China are fascinating".

Second, the challenges that lie ahead for any kind of bilateral advance on the South China Sea should not be underestimated.

"All countries in accordance with global law enjoy freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea".

Likewise in 2016, the Communist Party's mouthpiece The Global Times launched a scathing attack on the Australian government, following its decision to support an worldwide tribunal over the South China Sea.

Of Beijing's increased efforts at militarising the region, Prof Tsang added: "China's assertiveness over the maritime disputes in South China Sea is part of a more general assertiveness. particularly since Xi Jinping came to power five years ago, but this did not start only after Xi came to power".

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