Australia urges Sino-Indian ‘restrain’ & ‘de-escalation’; backs status quo at the LAC

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 31 July 2020: Australia has urged India and China to show ‘restrain’ at the Sino-Indian Line of Actual Control (LAC), ‘prevent escalation’ there and opposes any attempts to “unilaterally alter status quo” at the LAC. Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Mr. Barry O’Farrell in an exclusive interview with the ANI also said, ” We remain deeply concerned by actions in the South China Sea that are destabilizing and could provoke escalation. Last week, Australia launched a note with UB Secretary-General refusing China’s unlawful maritime claims in the South China Sea”.

Meanwhile, China’s Ambassador to India Mr. Sun Weidong in a Tweet says: “Noted remarks by Australian HC to India on #SouthChinaSea disregarding facts. #China’s territorial sovereignty & maritime rights &interests are in conformity w/ int’l law incl UNCLOS. It’s clear who safeguard peace&stability & who destabilize & provoke escalation in the region.”

Pointing at border tensions between India and China, Mr. Barry O’Farrell said, Australia supports India and opposes any attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo as it only increases tension and instability.

“It is important that bilaterally agreed principles and norms, which help prevent escalation, continued to be observed, he told the ANI.

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