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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