Chinese Foreign Ministry warned Washington claimed by the Pacific Command, Navy retreat from sending warships to conduct freedom of navigation in the disputed waterways. He reacted angrily after the emergence of reports that the United States is planning to challenge Beijing sweeping land claims in the South China Sea.
Said Geng Shuang, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said Beijing has worked hard along with other countries in the Asia-Pacific region to ease tensions in the region and restore peace. He urged foreign countries, especially the United States, non-interference or inflame tensions.
“We urge the United States not to take any actions challenging the sovereignty and security of China,” Geng said at a regular press conference on Wednesday (February 15).
And China’s comments come after the Navy Times, announced earlier this week that the US Navy and the leaders of the Pacific Command is considering a new strategy to confront the communist state by conducting new patrols in the mineral-rich corridor.
Can be played patrols by ships with the Carl Vinson carrier San Diego, which is already said to be in the Pacific, making its way to the South China Sea, three senior Defense Ministry, who spoke on condition of anonymity, officials said based group.Plan for the US Navy has not yet been approved by President Donald Trump.
He added that “Vinson Strike Group Carl to publish regularly scheduled Western Pacific as part of the initiative, the US Navy-led forces in the Pacific to expand the functions of command and control of three US Navy” Reuters quoted Dave Bennett, a spokesman for Carrier Strike Group as saying.
“The US Navy strike aircraft carrier groups to patrol in India, Asia and the Pacific regularly and routinely for more than 70 years,” he added.A warship is likely sail within 12 nautical miles of artificial islands newly built in China, which has increased tension between the two sides.
USS Dectur, guided missile destroyer, the last American ship that carried out the operation on the freedom of navigation nears the Paracel Islands in October last year. It is alleged the area by China, Taiwan and Vietnam.
Destroyers armed missiles from Washington, is believed to show any fear in sailing through international waters, much to the anger of China. For years, the US military has sought a more aggressive approach toward China claims. However, former President Barack Obama shrunk naval operations from 2012 until 2015, was told to avoid unnecessary friction.Beijing military grade runways were built on the islands and uninhabited reefs in the Spratly Islands.