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China rejects "ridiculous" US accusation of South China Sea militarisation

01 June, 2018, 17:36 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks to reporters aboard a US military plane

But reports are that China has installed missile defence systems - on recently constructed islands in the South China Sea - prompting heavy criticism from anti-Duterte factions of the country, citing the president's inaction in response to the undertaking.

"We are now working hard for a framework that would not go against the Constitution for the exploration of natural resources. And we have been reporting to you and the public", he added.

Also, a source close to the Chinese delegation said Zhou Bo, a senior colonel from the People's Liberation Army, would make a speech at a special session on competition and cooperation between China and India, ahead of a keynote address by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on potential conflicts in the region. "This is merely set aside in the meantime, in line with the efforts of government at promoting peace, stability, and cordial relations among claimant countries in the region", Esperon said in a statement sent to media Wednesday.

The Philippine foreign secretary said Monday that China has been notified of "red lines", or actions Manila would find unacceptable, in the South China Sea, including construction activities at a disputed shoal and extraction of oil and gas in the long-contested waters.

U.S. assertions that China is militarising the South China Sea are "ridiculous", China said on Thursday, after U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Washington would confront China's actions in the disputed waterways. China denied the court ruling and argued that the tribunal had no jurisdiction in the case.

Philippines island construction: the island nation itself "has started repairing a runway and upgrading other facilities on Thitu Island, the South China Sea territory that was past year the scene of a stand-off between Chinese and Philippine vessels", according to the South China Morning Post.

The comments came after China's foreign ministry expressed Beijing's "strong dissatisfaction" with a FONOP carried out on Sunday.

He says American ships are maintaining a "steady drumbeat" of naval operations around disputed islands, and "only one country" seems to be bothered by the vessels' activities.

Mattis added that the United States is "going to confront what it believes is out of step with global law, out of step with worldwide tribunals that have spoken on the issue".

Two U.S. Navy warships sailed Sunday near islands occupied by China in the Paracel Islands, off the coast of Vietnam.

The five islands are outside the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines and are more than 100 kilometers from the three reefs that allegedly have been militarized by China.

China's claim over the South China Sea is different from its neighbors' interpretations.

"Our diplomats are robustly engaged on this", Mattis said.

"China is now capable of controlling the South China Sea in all scenarios short of war with the United States", Adm. Philip Davidson, the new head of U.S. Pacific Command, said in April. He will be replaced by Admiral Philip Davidson.

Harris has been nominated to become the next US ambassador to South Korea.

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