Rebuff to China a testament to Pacific wisdom

By The Canberra Times
May 31 2022 - 7:30pm
Australia's new Foreign Minister Penny Wong. Picture: Keegan Carroll.

When, in November 1519, Ferdinand Magellan rounded the southern tip of South America through the straits that bear his name and entered a vast, and previously unexplored, ocean, its waters were so tranquil he named it "Pacific". It was anything but. The vast stretch of water regularly spawns some of the most violent and dangerous seas known to humankind.