Australia Minister Slams ‘China’s Appalling Behaviour With Indian Soldiers’

Australian minister denounces 'China's appalling behavior with Indian soldiers'

Richard Marles said his country stands in solidarity with India regarding the incident in Galwan.

New Delhi:

China’s horrendous behavior in the South China Sea (SCS) is similar to what India saw at the Line of Actual Control (LAC), said Richard Marles, Australia’s deputy prime minister and defense minister.

Marles said one country wants to settle its border disputes with power rather than rules, and that is a concern.

Speaking to media officials at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi, he said: “China is trying to shape the world around her in ways we’ve never seen before and which has evolved over the past decade. Over the past few years we see a more assertive China.”

“We saw that in the South China Sea and with India along the LAC two years ago, the appalling behavior with Indian soldiers. We stand in solidarity with India regarding that incident (Galwan). For us, we are experiencing that in the South -China Sea (SCS),’ he added.

In SCS, the construction of artificial islands and island reclamation takes place. Whether LAC or SCS, China is challenging the established rules-based order that is important to the region, he added.
Marles explained how China is Australia’s largest trading partner. “China is our biggest security fear and so is India. Right now it’s really important that we reach out. We are friends exchanging notes. We are working closely together to build our economic and defense relationship together,” he said. he. said.

Focusing on the bilateral relationship, he said that India and Australia both share values ​​and that they are both democracies and apply the rule of law in their countries. “We also share geography, Australia is an Indian Ocean country and we have security ties and a lot of economic activity in the region. Indo-Australian is the fastest growing community. The Indo-Australian community is the biggest growing community. he.

On the war between Russia and Ukraine, he said that the war against Ukraine will undoubtedly affect food and energy security. “We see that as a food exporting nation, maintaining predictable and open trade,” he said.

As for cooperation with India, he said they have been working for the past two decades to maintain a rules-based order. By working closely with India, also with like-minded countries, but especially with India, to try to protect that global rule-based order.

“We welcome statements from both China and the Solomon Islands that there is no intention to develop a Chinese permanent military base there. Australia is a natural partner of the Pacific islands. It is not a natural right, but we must earn it “, he said. said.

He focused on Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) to improve economic ties between countries, improving MDA is very important for many countries in improving their economic ties.

About the defense ties between India and Australia, he said: “We have had a few P-8 flights between Australia and India. We want to see a greater frequency of activity in operations and exercises. IAF will participate in Exercise Pitch Black in August.”

“We had a meeting with the Defense Minister of India… we invited him to Australia… we need more such engagement. Greater engagement between two armed forces to ensure we are growing closer,” he added ready.

On AUKUS, he said it is a technology exchange between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, it is not a security exchange.

“We have seen the practical relations of China and Russia… so we are very aware of that… for democracy it is very important to maintain peace in the world. India’s position towards Ukraine is a matter for India,” he said. said.

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