“It is important to maintain an order based on a strategic balance, in which countries can make their own sovereign choices, including in relation to their ties and partnerships,” TASS quoted her as saying during a speech in Singapore.

Wong noted that China, as "one of the great powers and a permanent member of the UN Security Council, needs to use its power with restraint and law."

She also announced Canberra's intention to continue strengthening the country's defense capability with the help of AUKUS allies.

Earlier, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that Australia, with the support of the UK and the US, is militarizing the South Pacific.

Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Igor Morgulov said that the plans of Canada, Japan and New Zealand to conduct a dialogue with AUKUS indicate their desire to bring NATO military potential to the Asia-Pacific region.

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