No place for gunboat diplomacy in South China Sea

By The Canberra Times
Updated April 24 2018 - 10:55pm, first published January 13 2017 - 7:23pm

Any uncertainty regarding how far Donald Trump is prepared to go in pushing back against China's strategic and economic ambitions was swiftly dispelled in Washington this week. Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a hearing to confirm his appointment as secretary of state, Rex W. Tillerson said China's island-building campaign in the South China Sea was illegal and "akin to Russia's taking of Crimea".

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