Australia has warned Beijing against making 'aggressive and dangerous' moves amid concerns over China's activities in the South China Sea.
Defence minister Christopher Pyne issued the blunt warning after a Chinese warship this week sailed within metres of an American destroyer.
The move forced the USS Decatur to change course in an 'unsafe and unprofessional' encounter in contested waters of the South China Sea.
Mr Pyne said Australia 'would view any use of intimidation or aggressive tactics as destabilising and potentially dangerous', The Australian reported.
Defence minister Christoper Pyne (pictured) said Australia has consistently expressed concern over ongoing militarisation of the South China Sea
Mr Pyne's comments come after a Chinese destroyer came aggressively close to U.S. Navy ship USS Decatur (pictured here in the Sea in 2016)
'Australia has consistently expressed concern over ongoing militarisation of the South China Sea and we continue to urge all claimants to refrain from unilateral actions that would increase tension in the region,' he said.
Mr Pyne this week announced Australia was joining multilateral naval exercises in the area.
The Bersama Lima exercises are partly being carried out in the South China Sea, and also include Britain, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia.
Australia is also planning to join with French naval exercises in the contested