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Labor gives OK to South China Sea exercise

AAP logoAAP 6/10/2016

A future Labor government would authorise the defence force to conduct a freedom-of-navigation exercise in the South China Sea.

But opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong insists the Defence command would not be told how and when to conduct such an exercise in which a ship or aircraft would approach one of China's claimed islands within 12 nautical miles.

"We would authorise freedom-of-navigation operations but I'm not going to get into operational details about that," she told Sky News on Friday.

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