On Thursday, a US Navy warship carried out a routine operation near the Paracel Islands, something frequently criticized by Beijing as threatening its sovereignty. China also launched four medium-range ballistic missiles that hit the South China Sea between Hainan Island and the Paracels.
China also launched four medium-range ballistic missiles that hit the South China Sea between Hainan Island and the Paracels.
But the US Defence Department said the action threatens regional peace and security.
During the regular Chinese Foreign Ministry press conference, spokesman Zhao Lijian said “relevant training activities” conducted in the South China Sea were “routine”.
He warned the activities are not “targeted at any country and have nothing to do with the South China Sea disputes.”
“There is no basis or reason for the relevant party to make that accusation,” he concluded.
Mr Liijan stressed the US “frequently dispatched in large numbers” advanced warships, fighter jets and reconnaissance aircraft to the South China Sea to “project its power and engage in military provocations”.
He said these actions undermine China’s sovereignty and security interests as well as the normal order of navigation in the South China Sea.
In a clear message to the US, he said Washington should stop “stirring up trouble and causing discord in the South China Sea”.
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He urged President Trump to play a constructive role in safeguarding regional peace and stability and claimed the US has become “the saboteur and troublemaker of peace and stability”.
At the same time, the Philippines’ foreign minister said on Friday he would recommend the government terminates deals with Chinese firms blacklisted by the United States for their roles in constructing and militarizing artificial South China Sea islands.
The United States on Wednesday named 24 Chinese companies and targeted individuals it said were involved in such activities, in its first sanctions move against Beijing over the disputed waterway.
Among those blacklisted was China Communications Construction Co (CCCC), a transport and infrastructure conglomerate.
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China has already established military outposts on the Paracel Islands and the Spratly islands – two disputed archipelagos in the region.
These islands, US officials claim, enable China’s ruling Communist Party (CCP) to militarize disputed outposts in the South China Sea to undermine the sovereign rights of American partners in the region.
But when asked to respond to comments from President Trump that if “he was re-elected, America would no longer rely on China, and American businesses would leave China”, Mr Lijian urged the US to “not make an issue out of China in its election.”
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman stressed China believes both countries stand to gain from cooperation and lose from confrontation.
Mr Lijjan, added: “We are committed to developing a bilateral relationship featuring no conflict, no confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation.
“At the same time, we are firmly determined to defend national sovereignty, security and development interests.
“We urge the US to look at China and bilateral relations in an objective and rational light, work with us towards the same goal, manage differences, promote cooperation and bring China-US relations back onto the right track of coordination, cooperation and stability.”
The US and China have been at loggerheads over everything from trade to human rights.
The US has also struck out at China over Beijing’s efforts to exert greater control over Hong Kong and the lack of action for controlling the Coronavirus pandemic.