With China revealing that it had challenged the Australian Navy while it traversed the South China Sea, the country’s prime minister reiterated his navy’s right to tread on these waters.
It need be mentioned that media reports suggested that on Friday, it was the Chinese navy that had come close to the three Australian warships in the hotly contested waterway.
The Chinese have narrated that they “challenged” two Australian frigates and an oil replenishment ship this month as the Australian ships were sailing to Vietnam.
It is also not clear as to what happened next as China was conducting its largest ever naval exercises in the region.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull did not comment on the specific incident when questioned by reporters in London but added that naval vessels have right to traverse on the world’s oceans including the South China Sea.
The three Australian warships had arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday. They are making a three-day goodwill visit to Vietnam.>