Wednesday, June 6, 2018

China Warns US against Provocations Following B-52 Flyby

China is accusing the United States of militarizing the South China Sea after two American B-52 bombers flew close to a disputed Chinese-held shoal in a show of force.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying warned the US on Wednesday against "hyping up militarization and stirring up trouble," while promising that China would take all necessary measures to defend its sovereignty. She said the US action could be risky, AP reported.

The bomber flyby this week over Scarborough Shoal, which China took from the Philippines in 2012, came after US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis accused Beijing of "intimidation and coercion" and declaring the Indo-Pacific a "priority theater" for US forces.

China has steadily built up its military presence on disputed islands in the South China Sea, which it claims almost entirely.

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1 comment:

  1. China issued a tacit warning to the United States not to sail a warship through the Taiwan Strait, following a report that said Washington is weighing doing that.
    Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Tuesday urged the US to act prudently, World News reported.

    “We have repeatedly emphasized that the Taiwan issue is the most important and sensitive core issue in the China-US relationship,” Hua said at a daily news briefing in Beijing.

    A Reuters report on Tuesday quoted American officials as saying that the United States was considering sailing a warship through the Taiwan Strait.


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