U.S. urges wider challenge to China's claims in South China Sea
Фев 24, 2016, 06:42
The Chinese government has continued to reject as "hype" the assorted claims about the significance of shifting a missile system to Woody Island.
The groups also expressed fears that the United States is "exploiting" the situation in the Paracel Islands to assert its "freedom of navigation" tactic.
Vietnam, which claims it owns the Paracels where the missiles are deployed, called it a serious violation of sovereignty.
"President Xi, when he was in the Rose Garden after meeting with me, affirmed that China did not want to militarise some of these areas of dispute", said Mr Obama, referring to their meeting at the White House last September.
The most dramatic work has taken place in the Spratly archipelago, where the militaries of four nations have a presence, although similar work has also gone on at Woody and other Chinese holdings in the Paracels. Beijing deploys surface-to-air missiles and argues it is for protection.
The ministry would give no further detail on when it had become aware of the installation, saying only that it had known about it "for a while".
He said the United States is strengthening military deployment in the South China Sea and frequently sends military vessels or planes to waters in the South China Sea to conduct close-in reconnaissance against China. Summarily, the lack of a capable and willing partner for the U.S.in its South China Sea FONOPS maneuvers combined with the reliance of partners on Chinese economic linkages will tend to make the U.S.do most of the initial heavy lifting in this endeavor.
"We believe this is an attempt by certain Western media to create news stories", Wang said. Its island construction is "mainly for maintenance purposes, improving the living conditions for stationed personnel and facilitating the movement of public goods in the region", it claimed.
The report, titled "Red Alert: The Growing Threat to to U.S. Aircraft Carriers", centers around China's burgeoning military posture in the Pacific and on a term that is starting to appear with an ever-increasing urgency in defense circles: anti-access/area denial, or A2/AD. The term A2/AD centers around a concept that has long existed in warfare: denying the enemy an ability to move around the battlefield.
"The US has taken double standards on the militarisation in the South China Sea", it said, accusing Washington that it automatically links Chinese defence facility deployment to militarisation while "selectively dodging" the Philippines and Vietnam that have "militarised" the Chinese islands they occupy or the USA joint drills and patrols. Earlier, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had urged claimants to refrain from island-building and militarization in the South China Sea.
"And so we will continue to test whether China is honest with respect to these efforts".
More than likely, the placement of the SAMs on Woody Islands, probably to be repeated in the future on other disputed South China Sea islands, is the first step in the formation of an ADIZ for this region.
"The current situation is that the USA keeps increasing its military presence in the South China Sea", said Hong, citing U.S. naval operations, surveillance activities and military alliances in the region. The South China Sea is one of the world's most vital shipping lanes, with as much as a third of global trade moving through the body of water.
The United States accused China on Thursday of raising tensions in the South China Sea by its apparent deployment of surface-to-air missiles on a disputed island. Obama and leaders of Southeast Asia nations are wrapping up a two-day summit conceived to show USA seriousness about staying engaged and keeping a high profile in a region where a rising China has rattled American allies.