China hits US for ‘sending powerful military force’ in South China Sea

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“The US intends to drive a wedge between regional countries, promote militarization of the South China Sea and undermine peace and stability in the region. The international community, especially the regional countries, see this very clearly,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said on July 6 when asked about United States Navy Nimitz Carrier Strike Force activities in South China Sea.

SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 6, 2020) The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Carrier Strike Groups (CSGs) steam in formation. The Nimitz and Ronald Reagan CSGs are conducting dual-carrier operations as the Nimitz Carrier Strike Force. US Navy photo

“At present, thanks to the joint efforts by China and ASEAN countries, the situation in the South China Sea is generally stable and witnessing sound development. Under such circumstances, it is completely out of ulterior motives that the US flexes its muscles by purposely sending powerful military force to the relevant waters for large-scale exercises,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao said.

Zhao also reiterated that the Paracel (Xisha) Islands “are indisputably China’s territory. China’s military training in the waters surrounding the Xisha Islands is within China’s sovereignty and beyond reproach.”