The sale of 21 atolls to China worries Australia

(ANSA) – ROME, AUGUST 25 – The sale of 21 atolls near Papua New Guinea, near the Jomard passage, one of Australia’s main sea routes where China has recently increased its influence, is creating concerns in Canberra , after Beijing stepped forward to negotiate the transaction. It reads in the Australian media.

The islets, better known as Conflict island, belong to the entrepreneur Ian Gowrie-Smith, who in recent days has proposed the transfer of ownership to the federal government led by Anthony Albanese, for 36.3 million dollars.

But pending the response of the executive, which nevertheless appears reluctant to buy, the intermediaries of Gowrie-Smith have entered into negotiations with China, sparking debate in Canberra.

One of the 21 atolls already has a runway for landing light aircraft and on another of these, given its size, a runway long enough for the 747s could be built. (ANSA).

Source: Ansa

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