China rejects 'ridiculous' U.S. accusation of South China Sea militarisation

01 June, 2018, 17:37 | Author: Jason Torres
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Meanwhile, Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Cayetano said on Monday that President Rodrigo Duterte had set out "red lines" for Chinese activities in the South China Sea, including not engaging in oil and gas extraction in disputed areas, and not building in the Scarborough Shoal.

"We'll continue that [military exercises]", Mattis said on Tuesday.

Asserting that the American vessels entered China's territorial waters "without the permission of the Chinese government", the Chinese Ministry of National Defense explained that the Chinese military "immediately dispatched warships to identify and inspect the American ships according to law, and warned them to depart".

Mattis said USA ships are maintaining a "steady drumbeat" of naval operations and will confront "what we believe is out of step with worldwide law".

The United States' claims that China is militarizing the South China Sea are "ridiculous", China said on Thursday, after U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Washington would continue to confront Beijing's actions in the disputed waterways.

"When they (Chinese) do things that are opaque to the rest of us, then we can not cooperate in areas that we would otherwise cooperate in", Mattis said.

The Global Times, a popular state-backed Chinese tabloid that does not reflect official policy, said in an editorial on Thursday that China must prepare to forcefully respond to any "extreme" interference in the South China Sea by the United States.

Mattis said USA diplomats were engaged on the issue and he had heard concerns about Chinese actions not just from within the United States government, but also from regional allies.

In response to Chinese activities, the US chose to disinvite China from this year's Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises, the largest global maritime drills in the world. -China relations are expected to be a major focus of the Shangri-La Dialogue.

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In recent months, China has dramatically bolstered its military presence in the South China Sea.

Esperon reported that five lighthouses have been built on Pag-asa, Likas, Parola, Patag and Kota islands - all part of the Kalayaan Group of Islands "to ensure safety of navigation, along our responsibility under the UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) to provide navigational safety for all global vessels transiting the West Philippine Sea".

Esperonmaintained there is no need to file a diplomatic protest against China over the deployment of its bombers on Woody Island in the South China Sea because it is beyond the Philippine exclusive economic zone.

Esperon added that there are no islands occupied by China under the Duterte administration, despite the softened stance of the President over the hotly-contested waters.

Esperon said the government was also upgrading the port and airstrip facilities in Pag-asa Island as part of its efforts to promote the welfare of Filipinos living in the area. If anybody will get the pure assets within the Western Philippines Sea, South China Sea, he'll go to warfare.

U.S. Navy Adm. Philip Davidson will take over PACOM from Adm. Harry Harris during the change of command on Wednesday.

"The Chinese military is unshakably determined to strengthen its naval and air combat readiness, raise defence levels, safeguard national sovereignty and security, and maintain regional peace and stability", said MND spokesperson Wu Qian in a statement issued that same day, reiterating Beijing's view that the Paracels are China's "inherent territory".

The current head, Admiral Harry Harris, has been nominated to be the new ambassador to South Korea.



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