China rejects 'ridiculous' U.S. accusation of South China Sea militarisation

China rejects 'ridiculous' U.S. accusation of South China Sea militarisation

Dr Chong linked China's actions in the South China Sea with the potential summit meeting of U.S. President Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong-un.

"He stated that they would not be militarizing the islands, we have seen in the last month they have done exactly that, moving weaponry in that was never there before", Mattis said. "I don't want to blame Congress, you must have your own reasons for not giving us P30 billion annually", he added.

This bomber, China's most advanced, has conducted take-off and landing training, the channel said.

On May 23, the United States rescinded its invitation to China to attend the biennial Rim of the Pacific naval exercises this summer, citing Beijing's continued militarization of the South China Sea.

The U.S. military will continue sailing ships near disputed islands in the South China Sea, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis insisted Tuesday, despite Beijing's increased complaints about the operations.

Much to the displeasure of Beijing, which called the action a serious infringement of Chinese sovereignty, the guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins and the cruiser USS Antietam sailed within 12 miles of four of the Paracel Islands to demonstrate the "freedom of navigation" and enforce the right of free passage in global waters.

The comments came after China's foreign ministry expressed Beijing's "strong dissatisfaction" with a FONOP carried out on Sunday.

Just days ago, United States sent two of its warships in the disputed waters as it conducted "freedom of navigation", which provoked China and led the latter to warn them off.

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He says American ships are maintaining a "steady drumbeat" of naval operations around disputed islands, and "only one country" seems to be bothered by the vessels' activities.

However, Cayetano said the president, who has been criticised for his refusal to confront China with the Philippines' 2016 victory at the Hague Tribunal, had warned that he would go to war with Beijing if it broke his "red lines" relating to the South China Sea. "But it's global waters, and a lot of nations want to see freedom of navigation, so we'll continue that", he said. The operation that was conducted on Sunday had been undergoing drills and planning for months on end.

The massive military event, known as RIMPAC, is described by the US Navy as the world's largest global maritime warfare exercise and involves more than 20 countries from across the world.

"Our diplomats are robustly engaged on this", Mattis said.

However he mentioned it was unfair to single out China for its superior militarization within the South China Sea.

The US secretary of defense is expected to preside over the change of guard in the US Pacific Command.

Harris has been nominated to become the next USA ambassador to South Korea.

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. declared on Wednesday the Philippines may use force if Filipino soldiers and civilians based in areas in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) are harmed by China, He revealed plans to build lighthouses on several islands in those territories. He will be replaced by Admiral Philip Davidson.

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