USSC Director of Foreign Policy and Defence Professor Peter Dean talks to Sky News Australia about reports of a Chinese aircraft releasing flares over an Australian helicopter, causing it to take evasive action. “This should not dissuade the Australian military or any other military of our friends and partners in this region from conducting these types of operations,” says Professor Dean.

“An appropriate signal would be to double down on these types of operations. What they want is for us to concede a sort of unrecognised informal autonomy over these seas and regions.”