The US is beefing up its military assets across Asia, with Australian bases soon to host some of its most formidable strategic weapons.
A US defence official said American B-1 bombers were bound for Australia as a deterrent to what they described as China’s “destabilising effect” in the region.
The move is part of the Obama administration’s plans to “assert freedom of navigation” in the South China Sea.
China’s foreign ministry expressed “serious concern” with a spokeswoman saying the country would “resolutely uphold its territorial sovereignty”.
Assistant US defence secretary David Shear spoke about the plan in a Congressional hearing.
A spokesman for Australian Defence Minister Kevin Andrews said the department was “aware of the comments made by a US official in Congressional…
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