02:39 GMT06 December 2020
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    China expressed concern on Wednesday about reported US plans to deploy long-range heavy bombers to Australia, the foreign ministry said.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) — A report by the ABC broadcaster on Tuesday cited General Lori Robinson from the US Pacific Air Forces as saying talks were underway with Australia to regularly rotate B-1 heavy bombers in the country.

    Gen. Robinson added that the US Air Force would continue to fly over disputed areas in the South China Sea.

    "We are concerned about these reports," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told journalists at a press briefing.

    Hong Lei warned the United States and Australia that their military cooperation should be aimed at protecting peace and stability in the region, rather than hurting the interests of a third party.

    China and its neighbors – Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei, and the Philippines — have numerous territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

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