PM silent on Chinese sonar incident during APEC talks
Luke speaks with Lincoln Parker, Chair of Liberal Party’s Defence & National Security Policy Branch, about PM Anthony Albanese facing criticism for refusing to disclose whether he discussed a Chinese warship’s dangerous sonar usage near Australian divers with Xi Jinping at APEC.
The Prime Minister condemned the incident, highlighting the “dangerous” conduct that caused injury to a diver. While Albanese acknowledged conveying objections through diplomatic channels, he evaded confirming discussions with President Xi.
Opposition members found his response evasive, suggesting a missed opportunity to address Australian concerns at the highest level.
The incident, revealed after the APEC conference, involved a Chinese destroyer knowingly using sonar near Australian divers in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, raising safety concerns.
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