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UK seeks to build Australian frigates

Britain has launched an aggressive public pitch to build Australia’s new $35 billion fleet of warships, pledging the British design is better than that of rival bidders at hunting down enemy submarines in an “unstable and tense” part of the world. Speaking exclusively to Fairfax Media ahead of a summit in Sydney with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Defence Minister Marise Payne and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has outlined his case for the lucrative contract, promising the nine vessels would be built in Australia using local labour.

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Chinese jets intercept US Navy plane

Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a US Navy surveillance plane over the East China Sea at the weekend, with one jet coming within about 91 metres of the American aircraft, US officials said on Monday. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said initial reports showed one of the Chinese J-10 aircraft came close enough to the US EP-3 plane on Sunday to cause the American aircraft to change direction.

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China threatens attack on Vietnam bases

China has threatened to attack Vietnamese bases over gas drilling in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, according to diplomatic sources in Hanoi and the Asian oil industry. Vietnam responded by ordering a subsidiary of the Spanish company Repsol, which was doing the drilling, to leave the area called Block 136-03, about 400 kilometres off Vietnam’s south-east coast, the sources said.

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Senate inquiry finds flag of convenience poses security risks

A Senate committee has brought down its a report into Flag of Convenience (FOC) Shipping finding that it poses major security risks. The Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee report chronicles holes in Australia’s national security framework just one day after a Government announcement to create a new Ministry of Home Affairs. FOC shipping refers to international trading vessels that are registered in tax havens such as Liberia, Panama and the Marshall Islands. These registries are renowned for their lax labour laws, poor investment controls and lack of ownership oversight.

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China’s massive ship-building program expands

China’s massive ship-building program expands

China State Shipbuilding Corp recently launched the nation’s largest and mightiest destroyer, the first in the Type 055 class, at its Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai. This type of ship is a new 10,000-ton destroyer that has been independently developed by China.

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