After "provoked anger" .. Chinese warships leave Sydney[/rtl]
[rtl]Editorial date:: 2019/6/7 12:04 • 112 times read[/rtl]
Four Chinese warships left Sydney on Friday after an unannounced visit came amid a power struggle between Australia and China in the Pacific Ocean.
The three ships, a frigate, a supply ship and an amphibious warship, were planned in advance but never announced by Australia.
"This has caused a lot of anger," John Blacksland, a professor of international security and intelligence at the Australian National University in Canberra, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Friday.
"These ships have reached the waters off the suburb of Lingpoint and other popular places in Sydney Harbor without people knowing in advance. The sight of the armed soldiers and the sailors on the ships appeared somewhat aggressive," he said.
The ships left Australia heading for China this afternoon.
The ships arrived on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. Photographs of members of the Chinese community were seen waiting for ships at the seaport to greet sailors.
"The visit came in response to a visit by Australian navy vessels to China," Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in Honiara, capital of the Solomon Islands this week.
"It may seem surprising to others, but it is not absolutely the case for the government," he said.
The relationship between the two countries was strained last year when Australia passed laws aimed at preventing China from interfering in its internal affairs and also because of Beijing's attempts to assert its sovereignty over the disputed South China Sea.