Beijing Accused The US Of Destabilizing The Situation In The South China Sea
China conducts military exercises in the area of disputed Islands in the South China Sea in accordance with its primordial sovereign right and does not accept criticism of these actions from the United States, which is the main destabilizing factor in the region. This was stated on Friday by Chinese foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian.
"The Chinese armed forces conduct military exercises and have the right to do so since they act with regard to national sovereignty," he said at a briefing. Moreover, some countries that do not have any territories in the South China sea choose this area for large-scale maneuvers, trying to demonstrate their military power. They should be considered the main destabilizing factor."
As the representative of the Chinese Foreign Ministry clarified, the Paracel Islands (Xisha Islands) disputed by other States are "native Chinese territory", and "there are absolutely no disputes on this issue".
Earlier, the US Department of Defense expressed concern about China's decision to hold military exercises near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea from July 1 to 5. According to a distributed statement, the Pentagon is "monitoring Beijing's actions" that " destabilize the situation."
The Paracel Islands and the neighboring Spratly archipelago (Nansha) have been the cause of a multi-ethnic regional conflict for many years. Vietnam and China are the main parties to the dispute over these territories and surrounding waters, while Brunei, Malaysia, and the Philippines also claim partial or full claims to the Islands.