China’s “alarming” actions do not match its rhetoric about promoting peace and prosperity in the region, Australia’s defence minister said on Friday after a Chinese navy ship was tracked sailing through the country’s exclusive economic zone. Al Jazeera reports that Defence Minister Peter Dutton listed China’s militarisation of the South China Sea, recent aggression towards Taiwan and the introduction of the national security law in Hong Kong as examples where China’s actions failed to match its rhetoric. But the Chinese embassy in Canberra said Dutton had distorted China’s foreign policy, misled the Australian people and was “fanning conflict and division between peoples and nations”.