Deputy Liberal Leader Sussan Ley says the incident which occurred last month between a Royal Australian Air Force aircraft and a Chinese military jet in the South China Sea is a “provocative action” by China.
The Defence Department recently revealed a “dangerous manoeuvre” by the Chinese J-16 jet posed a threat to the safety of the crew on the RAAF P-8 maritime aircraft.
“It’s a provocative action by China, and I come back to our government and our party’s strength and determination,” Ms Ley told Sky News Australia.
“I will let the geostrategic implications take their course with the current government. It’s for them to take the action that they need to, but it needs to be strong, and it doesn’t need to be taking a backwards step.”