'Tragic' if China's maritime disputes risk conflict: Australian FM | Connect Asia

'Tragic' if China's maritime disputes risk conflict: Australian FM

'Tragic' if China's maritime disputes risk conflict: Australian FM

Updated 26 November 2012, 16:10 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister Bob Carr says it would be "tragic" if tensions in the South China Sea escalated into conflict.

In the latest raising of tensions, China is issuing new passports with maps which include the contested islands at the heart of disputes with Vietnam and the Philippines.

Both countries have criticised China's latest action.

Beijing claims sovereignty over most of the potentially resource rich area.

Last week's East Asia and ASEAN Summits in Cambodia were dominated by the issue with US President Barack Obama warning of the potential damage to trade ties.

Correspondent: Karon Snowdon

Speaker: Bob Carr, Australian Foreign Minister

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Karon Snowdon

Karon Snowdon

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Karon has been the ABC’s business correspondent for 14 years and has worked as a presenter, reporter and drama producer.

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