USA should immediately stop provocative action in South China Sea: China

22 Mai, 2019, 09:39 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • USS Nimitz USS Chosin USS Sampson and USS Pinkney in South China Sea

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"China's offer of a strategic partnership is a bit more attractive than the current offer of the U.S. of strategic confusion", Locsin said in an interview on May 16 in his Manila office. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

On Monday May 20, in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) and the Royal Australian Navy Adelaide-class guided-missile frigate HMAS Melbourne (FFG 05) conducted a freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) near the Scarborough Shoal, in the South China Sea, to push back against Chinese maritime claims.

Yet, talks on a joint resource exploration in the South China Sea have dragged even as Duterte pivoted his foreign policy to China when he took office in 2016. -China relationship, which include a trade war, US sanctions and Taiwan.

U.S. naval operations close to the Chinese mainland are taking place with increasing frequency as the Trump administration has imposed a raft of new sanctions against China-increasing tariffs and imposing punitive restrictions on Chinese tech giant Huawei on security grounds.

The tough talk capped a week that saw China unveil new retaliatory tariffs in response to a USA decision to raise its levies on $200 billion of Chinese imports to 25% from 10%.

Brown said USA military planes would fly on a daily basis over the disputed waters, but that the crews had standard operating procedures if and whenever the Chinese challenged them. China deplores and firmly opposes such moves.

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"The US is neglecting regional countries' will to uphold peace and stability in the South China Sea and taking freedom of navigation and overflight as an excuse to disrupt regional peace and stability".

He also pointed out China urges the U.S.to immediately stop such provocations and show its respect through concrete actions to regional countries' efforts to safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea.

"After a sharp drop-off in activity from 2016 to late 2018, Chinese clam harvesting fleets have returned to the South China Sea in force over the last six months", AMTI said in a report published Monday. On Wednesday, the chief of the U.S. Navy said its freedom of navigation movements in the disputed South China Sea drew more attention than they deserved.

However, the latest ship passage appears to be part of stepped-up military operations created to counter China's expansive and illegal claims to own disputed islands throughout the sea.

The US has also voiced concern over China's construction of industrial outposts and military facilities on artificial islands in the South China Sea, with Beijing saying that it has the sovereign right to send troops to any part of its territory, and defending its construction as vital for self-defence.

Beijing has accused Washington of "inflaming tension" by sending warships and military aircraft close to islands under China's claims.

Still, the Philippines will not yield its South China Sea claims in exchange for improved economic ties, the foreign secretary said.

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