CHINA SAYS US NAVY A THREAT IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
The presence of US Navy warships in the South China Sea is a threat to the region, China's Foreign Affairs Ministry complained on Sunday, July 5, 2020, teleSUR reported.
Washington is sending two aircraft carriers and scores of destroyers, frigates and support ships to the South China Sea (SCS) for military exercises just a few days after China began a series of maneuvers in that Pacific Sea region, which the Philippines and Vietnam condemned “as a threat” to the region. "The Paracel Islands are indisputably Chinese territory, and our military has every right to conduct maneuvers within the country's sovereignty," China's Foreign Affairs Ministry Wang Yi responded. Wang added: “The US Navy presence in SCS is the only cause of destabilization in the region.”
"The aircraft carriers USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan do not pose a threat to the region or respond to any political or global events," US Seventh Fleet spokesman Joe Jeiley said.
However, the news came shortly after the US State Department expressed disagreement over China's military started to launch exercises near the disputed Paracel Islands. "China should not conduct military exercises amid tensions over those archipelagos," the US Department of State argued. Asian countries such as Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Brunei claim the Paracel Islands as their territory. It is believed that these archipelagos have valuable oil and gas deposits.