Australian High Commissioner Barry O’Farrell received Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong on Friday for opposing his remarks on Chinese actions in the South China Sea and said Beijing it should refrain from actions that could unilaterally alter the status quo in the region.
On Thursday, O̵7;Farrell said Australia remains deeply concerned about Chinese actions in the South China Sea that “are destabilizing and could lead to escalation.” The resource-rich South China Sea is also an important shipping route.
In a tweet later, Mr Sun opposed the Australian diplomat’s statements and said they were “ignoring the facts”.
O’Farrell, in his forceful response, recalled the Chinese envoy on the verdict of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague in 2016, which rejected China’s claim to sovereignty over the Sea Region of the South China.
“Thank you @China_Amb_India. I hope you follow the South China Sea Arbitration Award, which is final and binding under international law, and which also generally refrains from actions that unilaterally alter the status quo,” he said. reply to a tall Australian tweet.
In its verdict, the international tribunal, constituted under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), said that China had violated the sovereign rights of the Philippines by conducting certain activities in the China Sea. of the South.
Thanks @China_Amb_India. I hope you will follow the South China Sea Arbitration Award, which is final and binding under international law, and also refrain from actions that unilaterally alter the status quo. https://t.co/1w2nrcrxhr
– Barry O’Farrell AO (@AusHCIndia) July 31, 2020
The Philippines had approached the court arguing that China’s territorial claims to the region are illegal.
China claims sovereignty over the entire South China Sea, a huge source of hydrocarbons. However, several countries in the region, including Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan and Brunei, have claims.
O’Farrell issued a statement on Thursday criticizing China for its border line with India east of Ladakh and its actions in the South China Sea.
“On July 23, Australia filed a note with the UN Secretary-General refuting China’s illegitimate maritime claims in the South China Sea,” he said.
“It rejects China’s claim to historical rights and inland waters, its assertion of certain maritime areas, and its assertion that there is widespread international recognition of its claims to the sovereignty of the South China Sea,” he said. add the high commissioner.
In recent weeks, China has increased its military assertiveness in the South China Sea as everyone struggles with the coronavirus pandemic.
Following Chinese actions, the United States sent military ships near the disputed islands and declared Beijing’s claim to the region illegal.
“The world will not allow Beijing to treat the South China Sea as its maritime empire. America is partnering with our allies and partners in Southeast Asia to protect its sovereign rights to offshore resources,” he said. say on July 14 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.