A top Pentagon official has apparently shrugged off China's militarized, man-made islands in the South China Sea, boasting that the USA military "has had a lot of experience in the Western Pacific taking down small islands".
A satellite photo taken on March 19, 2018 shows the Fiery Cross Reef, one of China's artificial island bases in the South China Sea.
The U.S. Navy has been carrying out a series of exercises aimed at challenging China's claims that parts of the South China Sea are part of its territorial waters, most recently by sailing two U.S. Navy warships near the Paracel Islands off the coast of Vietnam.
"The United States military presence in the South China Sea is greater than that of China and other countries that surround the seas combined", she said.
The US hyping up China's so-called militarisation in the South China Sea is preposterous and like a thief crying "stop thief", according to a Foreign Ministry spokesperson at a routine press briefing on Thursday in Beijing.
No country has the right to "make irresponsible remarks" about China's building of necessary defence facilities on its own territory, Ren said.Читайте также: MH370 hunt continues for few more days
Outgoing U.S. Navy Admiral Harry Harris, set to become Washington's ambassador in South Korea, had said on Wednesday that while North Korea posed the most imminent threat to the United States, China's "dream of hegemony in Asia" was his country's biggest long-term challenge. He did not provide a date for a possible visit.
The Global Times, a state-backed Chinese newspaper that does not always reflect official policy, said in an editorial today that China must be prepared to forcefully respond to any "extreme" USA interference in the South China Sea.
While the Sunday operation had been planned months in advance, and similar operations have become routine, it comes at a sensitive time and days after the Pentagon withdrew an invitation to China to attend a major USA -hosted naval drill.
China has been steadily militarizing its South China Sea islands since construction began in 2014, stationing troops, electronic warfare systems, and missiles there.
US defense officials say China has been moving both surface-to-air missiles and air defense capabilities to islands in the South China Sea. Earlier this month, China deployed one of its nuclear-capable strategic bombers, the model H-6K, to do a landing on the disputed Woody islands for training purposes.
The U.S. defense secretary spoke while on his way to Singapore for the annual Shangri-La Dialogue, a gathering of Asian defense officials and other leaders.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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