China claims almost all the SCS as its sovereign territory hence the disputes and Freedom of Navigation by ships and aircraft.
But your assertion on the Parcel Islands holds no water legally, whilst the Islands have been improved artificially, under UNCLOS these Islands could not sustain human habitation or economic life on its own, so therefor are not entitled to a territorial sea, contiguous zone, EEZ, and continental shelf rights.
China has also militarised these islands so I hardly think an unarmed RAAF aircraft would enter the 12nm territorial as you claim due to the fact that China has placed a number and built significant point-defence capabilities that are able to reach out to in excess of 100nm
It really seems to me you need to read up about this area. There are islands that can sustain human habitation and reefs that could not. Different countries (including Taiwan) own both island and reefs. China does not defend 12 nm airspace around reefs. They do it around islands. You are absolutely allowed to claim airspace over island that you control.
Maybe Australia should have respect over other's countries other airspace.
As for island expansion, China is free to expand reefs/islands and militarize just as any other country is allowed to do if they control it.
In fact, Philippines recently just complained to Taiwan because it was conducting a military exercise on Taiping, which is the largest island in Spratleys and one that is controlled by Taiwan.https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-paci ... 022-06-29/
spats are very common in this region.
Vietnam built up 10 islands in South China Sea.https://www.voanews.com/a/how-vietnam-q ... 82776.html
Land reclamation and militarization is very common in SCS. It's not something only done by China.
Here are the islands of Spratleys. Notice how China does not control any of the islands? It only control reefshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spratly_Islands
Here are the Paracel Islands. Notice how China does control many of these islands? (and Vietnam controls the rest)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paracel_Islands
So China enforces 12nm air space around Paracel islands that it controls. It does not enforce air space over reefs, because that's not recognized under UNCLOS.
Don’t be so vacuous, China always has issues with the US in its FON trips
loud warning and aggressive interception is par for the course here. China will complain to your face, because it doesn't like it. But it's not going to get more aggressive than loud warning/intercept you as long as you don't enter its air space. USN with its FON doesn't go into Chinese air space.
RAAF violated Chinese air space. You know, maybe RAAF should just stop entering other country's air space. That would be a good start?
The ruling has implications to all Chinese claims by precedence irrespective if it’s a Low-tide elevation, Rock or Island
pure bs, you don't even bother to read about what the ruling was. The entire case was over fishing ground around Scarborough Shoal, which is in Spratley. China is enforcing airspace over Paracel islands that it controls.
Again, Vietnam controls some. Taiwan does. Malaysia does and Philippines does. The countries that control these islands will protect their own air space.
It most certainly does have an effect as to the legitimacy of the claims, as China knows if it were to shoot down an aircraft in international waters its liable to either start a protracted war or economic war at the moment it cannot win hence the harassment levels.
oh believe me, if RAAF did try to enter Chinese air space after repeated warnings, it would've been shot down.
Please, just try to read the case and stop spewing nonsense. I've spoke to many Filipinos about the ruling and it's pretty obvious what the ruling says.
Again, each of these islands have a country that control. They are claimed by many countries. But only 1 country control it and enforce its territorial integrity.
Let's say the island is controled by Vietnam instead of China. Should RAAF be entering Vietnamese air space?
The air space it was entering was clearly not Australian. It clearly belongs to somebody. So, why does RAAF need act like a bully and enter that island's air space?
Really its not hard to figure out that is, but you want to localise it to on geographical area.
China has for some time tried to impede and harass both civilian and military navigation through the region either directly as with the Incident recently with the RAAF or indirectly or broadcasting warning to move away to civilian air and maritime traffic going about lawful passage. If it wasn’t for various nations using FON
I’d hate to see what the reality would look like now in the SCS
Again, warning/interception over one of their reefs is different than what happened here. RAAF crossed the line by trying to enter Chinese air space. You clearly have no understanding on what the Hague ruling was. You clearly no appreciation that many of the islands in SCS are real islands. As such, these islands have air space. Even if RAAF does not recognize Chinese ownership of that island, it clearly belongs to someone. It's not right for RAAF to enter the air space of another country after being warned not to.
CNS Haiwangxing operated off the WA coast within Australian EEZ for 4 days and the closest it came was 50nm to Harold E Holt Communication Station a joint AU/US facility
But that’s not the point you admit that a Chinese Naval vessel entered into the Australian EEZ and without being harassed by the ADF, monitored yes but not harassed. But yet the PLAAF harassed with a dangerous' interception against a unarmed military aircraft in international waters, see the hypocrisy of the Chinese claims.
lol, again. Big difference between within 12nm and outside of it. Don't enter another country's airspace. There won't be any problems
It's like this. There is an island. You know it's an island and there is a 12nm air space around it. You know you don't control it and you don't recognize the country that actually controls it. So, does that mean you have a right to enter its air space? Because clearly, someone other than you must control that island. You can't just go in without permission.
As I mentioned earlier just using the same rhetoric as the Chinese Politburo, now what did Dutton say said it was “very strange” and “unprecedented” that the ship had sailed so far south off the WA coast.
The act of aggression comment was prompted by the media;
hmm, since you said it. Why don't you find a quote from Chinese politburo that called a typical FON "unprecedented"? You won't find any. Because they see it daily and don't complain to the media about it. You know when USAF had their spy aircraft 29 nm off the coast of China? Not a peep from China.
If a Chinese aircraft had flown within 29 nm off the coast of Australia, what would Dutton have said? He clearly find even 50nm as unprecedented.
No not really just an appropriate response, with all the treaties that the Solomon’s has with Australia and with the deteriorating security outlook with known Chinese coercion the reference to a military base by the Chinese would be a step to far for Australia to continue relations the Solomons currently enjoy. It’s a measured response diplomatically. Considering many here in Australia feel like the Solomon’s PM is trying to take advantage of the situation and would rather we cut aid and reinvest it in people who are doing hard at home.
lol, Australia acts like a bully and you just keep giving them excuses.
Let's get this straight. Solomon island is a sovereign country. It can make choices on who it wants to sign security agreement with. That's what a country is allowed to do.
How did China coerce Solomon Islands? Why don't you proof it? How did China coerce Solomon Islands?
Australia keeps treating its neigbhors like they are pawns and expect them to continue to rely on Australia. Solomon Islands sign a security treaty with China as it's perfectly allowed to. Australia flips out and threatens red line. What a joke.
If "red line" doesn't mean invasion, why does Australia not take invasion off the table? Why?
If Australia is so peaceful, why does it not take invasion off the table?
It was widely disseminated within Australian media on the Solomons PM in which he refers to backyard definition, but if he wants to degenerate his own constitutes and how the ordinary Solomons Islands people live he is most welcome too.
It was Fijians that rebuked the "backyard" comment.
5:13 AM · May 28, 2022
Which was later on, with the new Australian Foreign Minister Wong and most likely at her behest for political point scoring.
But PM Sogavare said in Parliament on the 3th May
https://www.solomonstarnews.com/pm-hits ... ard-brand/
He said the term ‘Backyard’ is very insulating and disrespectful.
He highlighted the term ‘Backyard’ means its where the chickens, pig pens are located, not only that but it’s a place where people can relieve themselves.
“Therefore, I call on those who brand us as backyard to stop and start to respect us,” he said.
But clearly, Fijians found it disrespectful too. I would bet other Pacific Island nations feel the same way.
I understand you are proud of your country, but they are acting like huge bullies to their Pacific Island neighbors.