“The South China Sea Islands are China’s territory,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang said when sought to comment on United States Department of Defense’s statement saying continued militarization of South China Sea only serves to raise tensions and destabilize the region. China is claiming both Spratly and Paracel Islands.
This is amid the recent takeoff and landing of the Chinese PLA Air Force’s H-6K bomber in an unspecified facility in South China Sea.
“The relevant military activities are the normal training of the Chinese military and there is no need for other parties to over-interpret that,” the Chinese spokesperson said during May 21 briefing.
“As to the so-called “militarization” mentioned by the US, the normal training on our own territory is totally a different thing from certain country’s threat to others by sending military vessels and aircraft to this region from thousands of miles away,” Lu Kang added.
The Chinese Air Force said on May 18 that several H-6Ks from an unidentified aviation division, headed by division commander Hao Jianke, took off from an undisclosed air base in South China and made a simulated strike against sea targets before landing on an island in the South China Sea.
Sources: http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/xwfw_665399/s2510_665401/t1561142.shtml; http://eng.chinamil.com.cn/view/2018-05/21/content_8037485.htm