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South China Sea crisis: Beijing warns US military presence increases risk of war

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The report focuses on the increased US military activities near the Communist nation including trespassing into the highly disputed South China Sea region by US warships. The report will be published on Tuesday.

According to the state-owned Global Times, the report by China’s National Institute for South China Sea Studies details US security policy, military presence and deployment.

It warns of a pending Cold War-esque conflict between China and the US.

The Global Times report US warships have repeatedly trespassed into Chinese territorial waters around the Xisha and Nansha islands, conducted operations in the South China Sea and crossed the Taiwan Straits.

Tensions between the US and China have been strained over recent weeks and both have shown their military might in the highly contested waters.

China warns of increased conflict risk in report

China warns of increased conflict risk in report (Image: Getty)

The South China Sea is a highly contested area

The South China Sea is a highly contested area (Image: Getty)

Last month, the US Air Force and Marines conducted training exercises in the area with three submarines joining ships and aircraft in the nearby Philippine Sea.

The actions are thought to be a reaction to Chinese harassment of ships drilling for resources in nearby waters.

Back in April, three US ships joined the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Parramatta and sailed to the region to demonstrate a commitment to keeping the sea open.

Rear Adm. Fred Kacher, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 7, said: “The versatility and flexibility of Independence-variant littoral combat ships rotationally deployed to Southeast Asia is a game changer.

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Tensions rise between US and China

Tensions rise between US and China (Image: Getty)

“Like Montgomery’s previous operations, Gabrielle Giffords’ operations near West Capella (the drill ship) demonstrate the depth of capability the US Navy has available in the region.

“There is no better signal of our support for a free and open Indo-Pacific than positive and persistent US Naval engagement in this region.”

Last month, Chinese troops undertook a terrifying military drill involving China’s People’s Liberation Army Marine Corps and reportedly demonstrated how the Communist nation’s forces could project power across the contested waters.

The Marine Corps – or PLANMC – undertook an anti-piracy exercise near the Parcel Islands.

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The largest militaries in the world

The largest militaries in the world (Image: Express)

The drills showed off the corps capabilities to China’s neighbours at a time where tensions are increasingly growing in the area.

According to reports, the exercise simulated covert, amphibious assaults by the PLANMC and featured fast-moving speedboats as well as naval aviation aircrafts.

Over the last three years, the strength of the PLANMC has nearly tripled in size to more than 35,000 troops according to a report for the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

As global tensions rise, the corps have announced another military exercise planned in August.

US military in the South China Sea

US military in the South China Sea (Image: Getty)

Kyodo News claimed the Marines will be “simulating an island seizure operation”.

The recent construction of bunkers on some of the atolls points to China preparing to “protection against air or missile strikes”, raising the prospect of a potential conflict, sparking World War 3 fears.

The South China Sea region is a disputed territory where it faces rival ownership claims from China, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan.

The beautiful region is highly disputed

The beautiful region is highly disputed (Image: Getty)

Diplomatic relations between the nations, which have laid claim to the islands, are already extremely strained.

The recent construction of bunkers on some of the atolls points to China preparing to “protection against air or missile strikes”, raising the prospect of a potential conflict, sparking World War 3 fears.

The islands and surrounding reefs have been the subject of a bitter and long-running territorial dispute, with China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines all laying claim to parts of the archipelago.



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