Following Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong’s remarks, Australian High Commissioner Barry O’Farrell has said that he hopes Beijing will follow the 2016 South China Sea Arbitral Award and refrain from actions that unilaterally alter the status quo.
“Thank you @China_Amb_India. I would hope then you follow the 2016 South China Sea Arbitral Award which is final and binding under international law, and also generally refrain from actions that unilaterally alter the status quo,” O’Farell tweeted.
Earlier, Chinese Ambassador to India, Sun Weidong expressed discontent on the remarks made by O’Farrell on the South China Sea, saying Beijing’s territorial sovereignty, maritime rights and interests conform with the international law.
“Remarks by Australian HC to India on the South China Sea disregards facts. China’s territorial sovereignty, maritime rights & interests conform with international law,” Sun had claimed in a Twitter post.
His remarks came a day after O’ Farrell said Australia is deeply concerned about destabilizing actions in the South China Sea and lodged a note with UN Secretary-General last week refusing China’s unlawful maritime.
“It’s clear who safeguards peace and stability and who destabilizes and provokes escalation in the region,” Sun tweeted further.