Abbott assures no US B-1 bombers coming to Australia

Abbott assures no US B-1 bombers coming to Australia

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says a US military official ‘misspoke’, when outlining America’s plans to bulk up its presence in Australia.

It comes after US Assistant Secretary of Defence for Asian and Pacific affairs  David Sheer spoke with a US Senate foreign relations committee hearing overnight.

Mr Shear told the hearing B-1 bombers were being be sent to Australia, due to the US being concerned about China’s behaviour, and its potential to disrupt regional security.

“We will be placing additional air force assets in Australia as well as B-1 bombers and surveillance aircraft,” he said.

But the Pentagon has now moved to clarify the comments, saying Mr Shear “misspoke”.

Mr Abbott says he will investigate the comments, and insists Australia has a strong relationship with China.

“I understand that the official misspoke and that the US does not have any plans to base those aircraft in Australia,” he said.

Prior to the clarification, China’s foreign ministry has expressed “serious concerns”, saying the country would “resolutely uphold its territorial sovereignty”.

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