Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

China challenged United States ships in South China Sea

China challenged United States ships in South China Sea

[PARA] Mr Duterte said, the United States have not assured that it would remain on the side of the South-east Asian nation if war broke out. Last week the Pentagon disinvited China from an global military exercise in an effort to send a message about the country's activities in the South China Sea.

Fox notes that not only has China used its airbase on Woody Island to land heavy bombers, but it has deployed an advanced surface-to-air missile system.

China says navy pilots aboard the country's sole operating aircraft carrier have completed their first nighttime takeoffs and landings. The officials said the operation was planned months in advance, long before the decision was made last week to rescind China's invitation to the multinational Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise to protest its militarization of the South China Sea.

The Philippines has warned China that it will go to war if Beijing crosses a red line by unilaterally mining the natural resources of the South China Sea, the country's Foreign Minister said.

"We are taking all diplomatic actions at the right time", he said, adding that "China had been told of the red lines".

"It is not the policy of this administration to engage in megaphone or microphone diplomacy, and announce each and every action, unless announcing it is beneficial to us", Cayetano said.

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Beijing on Sunday strongly voiced dissatisfaction and opposition to two U.S. warships trespassing into China's territorial waters off the Xisha Islands, Xinhua news agency reported.

The U.S. military does not comment on the specifics of what it calls "freedom of navigation" exercises meant to assert the Navy's right to sail and operate in any zone deemed legal under worldwide law.

According to Reuters, the USA freedom of navigation operation was a targeted measure against China's growing influence in the region.

To reinforce its claims to the territory, the Chinese government has built a series of artificial islands in the Paracel and Spratly Island chains, with radar facilities and airstrips.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has repeatedly stated the territory in the South China Sea falls under Beijing's jurisdiction, to do with as it pleases. But its position overlaps competing territorial claims from the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan and others.

The high-seas confrontation, while not unprecedented, came as tensions have been rising between the United States and China on a number of fronts, from trade to the on-again, off-again talks with North Korea over its nuclear program. An global tribunal ruled in 2016, in a case brought by the Philippines, that most of Beijing's stated claims in the South China Sea were illegal under worldwide maritime law.

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