US tells China to remove missile system from Spratly Islands

The United States government has called on the Chinese government, through high level exchange, to remove its missile systems from Spratly Islands in West Philippine Sea.

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis met with Director of the Office of Foreign Affairs of the Central Commission of the Communist Party of China Yang Jiechi and State Councilor and Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe met on November 9 for the second U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue.

“The United States called on China to withdraw its missile systems from disputed features in the Spratly Islands, and reaffirmed that all countries should avoid addressing disputes through coercion or intimidation,” the US State Department said.

The State Department added that the United States remains committed to fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows.

“The two sides committed to support peace and stability in the South China Sea, the peaceful resolution of disputes, and freedom of navigation and overflight and other lawful uses of the sea in accordance with international law. Both sides committed to ensure air and maritime safety, and manage risks in a constructive manner,” it noted.

“The United States discussed the importance of all military, law enforcement, and civilian vessels and aircraft operating in a safe and professional manner in accordance with international law,” the State Department added.