Aussie foreign policy focuses on South China Sea

A recent foreign policy white paper acknowledged Australia’s role as an LNG exporter and picked out the South China Sea as an area of concern A recent foreign policy white paper acknowledged Australia’s role as an LNG exporter and picked out the South China Sea as an area of concern.
By Sally Bogle 8 December 2017 0 28713
US navy ship in the South China Sea The USS Coronado on manoeuvres in the South China Sea. (PA)

Australia’s rise as a major LNG exporter means maritime security in the shipping zones through which its LNG is delivered to Asian buyers is becoming a key consideration in the country’s foreign policy. 

The South China Sea is in particular focus as the Australian government seeks to strengthen diplomatic relations with its Asian neighbours and major LNG customers China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. 

Released last month, Australia’s first major foreign policy white paper for 14 years pinpoints the South China Sea as “a major fault line...

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