South China Sea WW3: US Deploys 3rd Warship, China Sends Missile Destroyer
- Author: Elsie Buchanan May 20, 2016,
May 20, 2016, 2:30
China, which claims sovereignty over self-ruled Taiwan, alsoclaims nearly the entire South China Sea.
In the South China Sea, President Xi Jinping's military a year ago "accelerated land reclamation and infrastructure construction at its outposts in the Spratly Islands", which when complete "will include harbors, communications and surveillance systems, logistics facilities, and three airfields". And it has excavated channels, created and dredged harbors, and constructed communications, logistics and intelligence gathering facilities.
While United States says it is their right to traverse the area in face of China's excessive military build up there, China claimed that the U.S.is undermining their security.
The U.S. says it takes no side in the territorial disputes, but supports freedom of passage through the area, which is one of the world's busiest sea lanes.
During a regular news conference on Friday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang blamed "a certain country" that is thousands of kilometers away from the South China Sea for "stirring up tensions in the region".
The commission's report examines the challenges posed to the United States by a crucial aspect of China's military modernization: its investments in "offensive" missile forces to hold an expanding range of regional targets at risk. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also claim parts of the resource-rich waters, though which almost $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes each year.
Specifically, it notes China's plans to build its first overseas military facility in Djibouti to help support naval operations in the region.
"The unauthorized entry by the US warship into waters near China's Nansha Islands (which China calls the Spratlys) was an act of serious provocation", Senior Col. Yang Yujun, spokesman for China's Defense Ministry, said in a statement.
In the meantime, China Daily reported that China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations vice president Fu Mengzi stated that both the Chinese government and the USA have agreed that maintaining stability in South China Sea is important.
According to Bloomberg, the U.S. Navy deployed its third warship in less than seven months to the disputed waters as tensions with China continue to rise.