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World U.S. Plans South China Sea Announcement With Tensions Escalating

20:08  10 july  2020
20:08  10 july  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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The Chinese government has made vast claims to the South China Sea that conflict with demarcations made by five other governments.Credit Adam Onboard a U . S . Navy P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance plane during a mission to observe the build-up and militarization of reefs and islands by China in

The United States accuses China of militarizing the South China Sea and trying to intimidate Asian neighbors who might want to exploit its Wei urged Esper to “stop flexing muscles in the South China Sea and to not provoke and escalate tensions in the South China Sea ”, a Chinese spokesman said.

(Bloomberg) -- The Trump administration plans to make an announcement next week related to escalating tensions in the South China Sea, where Washington and Beijing are vying for military supremacy, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The U.S. has raised concerns over China’s decision to conduct military exercises in the contested waters around the Paracel Islands. The Defense Department last week called the actions “unlawful,” and the U.S. plans to lay out its official position next week, said one of the people who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The unspecified move comes as President Donald Trump has intensified his criticism of Beijing over issues from the coronavirus pandemic to trade. A spokesperson for the National Security Council didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Pentagon: China military exercises will 'further destabilize' S. China Sea

  Pentagon: China military exercises will 'further destabilize' S. China Sea The Pentagon said Thursday it was "concerned" about Chinese military exercises around a disputed archipelago in the South China Sea, noting the maneuvers will "further destabilize" the region. "The Department of Defense is concerned about the People's Republic of China (PRC) decision to conduct military exercises around the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on July 1-5," the Pentagon said in a statement.

The drills, which will take place partly in the South China Sea , a site of geopolitical tension , began on Monday. During a summer of heightened tensions over territorial claims, plus an escalating trade war between China and the United States, the drills are being closely watched as the latest move in a

China unveiled a military strategy on Tuesday to project naval power further from its own shores and announced plans for two lighthouses on reefs in the South China Sea , moves likely to increase tensions with Washington and regional powers over the disputed waters. A white paper issued by

a close up of a map: Overlapping Claims in the South China Sea © Bloomberg Overlapping Claims in the South China Sea

Stretching from China in the north to Indonesia in the south, the South China Sea encompasses 1.4 million square miles (3.6 million square kilometers). China claims more than 80% of the South China Sea and backs up its claim with a 1947 map that shows vague dashes -- what became known as the nine-dash line. Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan claim parts of the same maritime area.

Read more: U.S., Vietnam Protest Beijing’s South China Sea Military Drills

Beijing has rejected claims that it’s doing anything out of the ordinary in the South China Sea and has indirectly accused the U.S. of trying to sow discord between China and Southeast Asian nations.

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Taiwan holds live-fire drill during war games as tensions rise .
Exercises taking place at a time of increased tension between China and the United States in the South China Sea. The US currently has two warships, the USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan, sailing in the disputed regional waters on freedom of navigation operations. On Monday, the US announced that it rejected China's territorial claims in the South China Sea, drawing an angry response from Beijing, which said Washington was trying to inflame tensions in the disputed waters. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the world would "not allow Beijing to treat the South China Sea as its maritime empire".

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