Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.WatchDuration: 1 minute 45 seconds1m 45s Mike Pompeo praises Australia for standing up to China after talks with Foreign Minister Marise PayneShareFacebookTwitterArticle share optionsShare this onFacebookTwitterLinkedInSend this byEmailMessengerCopy linkWhatsAppPrint contentPrint with images and other mediaPrint text onlyPrintCancelAustralia has resisted the United States' push for more assertive freedom of navigation exercises in the disputed waters in the South China Sea at high-level talks in Washington. Key points:The year's AUSMIN talks focused on growing tensions with ChinaConducting further exercises in the South China Sea was discussedA US-funded military fuel reserve will be built in DarwinAustralia's Foreign Minister, Marise Payne, and Defence Minister Linda Reynolds flew to the US earlier this week to attend the annual AUSMIN talks with their American counterparts.The talks focused heavily on China, with both countries condemning Beijing's crackdown on Hong Kong and vowing to work together to counter state-sponsored disinformation campaigns. The two countries have signed a new "statement of principles" to further expand defence ties and have also agreed to significantly ramp up health and development cooperation.But Australia still appears to be resisting a push from the United States to conduct more assertive freedom-of-navigation exercises in the South China Sea.When asked if the United States had pressed Australia to conduct exercises closer to the contested islands and land features controlled by Beijing, Senator Reynolds only said it was a "subject of discussion"."Our approach remains consistent, we will continue to transit through the region in accordance with international law," she said.Last week, the ABC revealed Australian warships encountered the Chinese Navy while sailing through the region to the Philippine Sea for training exercises with the American and Japanese navies.Australia has now hardened its position against Beijing's territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea, labelling the activity illegal in a statement to the United Nations. Before and after: South China SeaSee how China is converting reefs to military facilities by building artificial islands in the South China Sea.Read moreSenator Payne stressed that while Australia shared enormous common ground with the US, the two countries were not automatically in lock-step on every subject. "Most importantly, from our perspective, we make our decisions, our own judgements in the Australian national interest and about upholding our security, our prosperity and our values," she said. "Our relationship with China is important and we have no intention of injuring it. But nor do we intend to do things that are contrary to our interests."However the two nations both "expressed serious concerns over recent coercive and destabilising actions across the Indo-Pacific" and agreed Beijing's maritime claims in the South China Sea were "not valid under international law".US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo commended Australia for its stance toward China, saying the two countries should work together to reassert the rule of law in the region."The United States commends the Morrison Government for standing up for democratic values and the rule of law, despite intense, continued, coercive pressure from the Chinese Communist Party to bow to Beijing's wishes," he said. The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo commended Australia for standing up to China.(AP: Alexander Drago/Pool)The Chinese Embassy in Canberra slammed the joint statement issued by the US and Australia."We firmly reject and oppose the unfounded accusations and attacks against China on issues related to Hong Kong, Xinjiang and the South China Sea," the Embassy said."We urge Australia not to go further on the road of harming China-Australia relations, and,
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