Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop addresses the United Nations Observance of International Women's Day 2018, in the General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Thursday, March 8, 2018. (Manuel Elias/United Nations via AP)
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Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will on Tuesday hail the role of international law in settling regional conflicts, comments apparently aimed at bolstering Australian efforts to build a coalition against Chinese assertiveness.Bishop, in a speech ahead of a special meeting of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Sydney, will not name China but will argue that international law will stabilise a region strained by rival claims in the South China Sea.With Australia's relations with China souring in recent months, Bishop's comment underscore a new Australian tactic.The issue of the South China Sea is set to dominate the unofficial agenda of a special three-day meeting of ASEAN countries and Australia beginning on Friday.
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