Beijing recently accused the USA of being the main factor leading to the militarization of the South China Sea – something that has also been condemned by Washington.
Chinese authorities have argued that the US military’s activities in the area undermine regional efforts to resolve territorial disputes.
The Chinese Defense Ministry has stated that US destroyer the USS John S. McCain has ventured into waters near the China-controlled Parcel Islands in the disputed South China Sea. According to the ministry, it did so without receiving permission from Beijing.
China demands the US regime to immediately stop such provocative actions, [and] strictly control and restrict military operations in the sea and air.
Chinese authorities have repeatedly demanded that the USA “stop [its] provocative behavior”, but these requests have fallen on deaf ears.
Washington has repeatedly condemned what it calls “China’s militarization of the South China Sea” – an area riddled with conflicting territorial claims of China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, and the Philippines, but which is mostly controlled by Beijing’s forces.
The latter has constructed numerous military facilities and bases throughout the region, but China insists they are of a purely defensive nature. Beijing recently stated that the so-called “militarization” of the South China Sea was mainly being caused by the USA itself.
According to the Chinese authorities, Washington’s actions are actually hindering attempts to resolve the disputes between the actors at the regional level.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2020.