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Former Australian P.M. Hawke Calls for Dialogue on South China Sea–’There Is No threat to Freedom of Navigation’

Former Australian P.M. Hawke Calls for Dialogue on South China Sea–’There Is No threat to Freedom of Navigation’

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June 5, 2015 (EIRNS)–Australian participation in an anti-Chinese US-Japan-Philippines alliance is not a forgone conclusion. {The Australian} reported Friday that former prime minister Bob Hawke has urged both China and the US to enter into a dialogue. Speaking on Thursday at an Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) event at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Hawke called for diplomacy, saying it’s the “best hope” for solving the issue.

Perhaps even more important, former foreign minister Bob Carr also weighed into the debate, telling reporters that Australia has to ‘be very careful about being drawn into confrontation”. “Australia’s got to be very cautious about this idea of American-led patrols in the South China Sea. The fact is, there is no threat to freedom of navigation. There’s no threat,” he said. “Australia’s got ships going through the South China Sea loaded with cargo, energy raw materials, and food for Chinese ports and Chinese consumers. There’s no threat. Those cargoes aren’t at risk.’

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