Quad powers concerned over militarisation in Asian seas

SpaceWar.com reports: “The United States, Japan, India and Australia expressed concern Friday over the militarisation of Asia’s waters, in a veiled reference to China’s growing presence in contested seas.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the foreign ministers of the other three nations assembled in New Delhi under the auspices of their Quad grouping.

In a joint statement issued by host India, the Quad called for ‘the importance of adherence to international law’ in the East and South China Seas ‘to meet challenges to the maritime rules-based order’.

‘We strongly oppose any unilateral actions that seek to change the status quo or increase tensions in the area,’ it said.

‘We express serious concern at the militarisation of disputed features, the dangerous use of coast guard vessels and maritime militia and efforts to disrupt other countries’ offshore resource exploitation activities,’ it added.

China claims sovereignty over almost the entire South China Sea, through which trillions of dollars in trade passes annually…”

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