On Thursday, Australia and Japan announced a new defence agreement - full details here:
The joint communique includes these references to China:
Like clockwork, China fired back with this, accusing Japan and us of making 'groundless accusations'.
STOP PRESS - UPDATE
This comment was sent to us by our resident China conduit who posts under the name Bob Egan.
A wise man would deduce from the Media release of January 7 that the government of the People’s Republic of China wants to peacefully co-exist with everyone on this planet. They have no animosity to any entity that wishes them no harm. The government of the United States of America is actively campaigning with a programme of lies and untruths to create negative feelings about China. Naturally China is very disappointed by every one of their slanderous accusations, and equally disappointed when a country or countries make a decision that is not a step towards peaceful co-existence, which is what gullible Australia and war criminal Japan have just done. China has expressed their disappointment on many previous occasions and every time it has been absurdly reported as a threat to Australia's security.