Australia to join US in keeping watch over Chinese artificial islands

warships-1015_1280The Australian government is reportedly considering conducting reconnaissance flights over China’s “artificial islands” as international tensions mount over the Asian nation’s land reclamation project.

The Abbott government is likely to deploy a P-3 maritime reconnaissance aircraft to survey one of China’s new artificial islands in the South China Sea, The Australian has reported.

The RAAF plane will reportedly fly out of a Malaysian air base to within 12 nautical miles (22km) of an island – considered to be within international “freedom of reconnaissance” limits.

via Australia to join US in keeping watch over Chinese artificial islands – 9news.com.au.

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