Beijing slams USA 'freedom of navigation' exercises in South China Sea

Beijing pressures Singapore over South China Sea

Beijing pressures Singapore over South China Sea

Geng said the U.S. action happened at a time when tensions in the South China Sea were beginning to ease, and was a clear statement that the United States intends to disturb stability in the region.

The supply agreement will be Japan's first military aid deal since lawmakers scrapped a rule in June barring giveaways of surplus military kit to other countries. "It is clear who is not willing to see stability in the South China Sea and who is the major factor pushing for militarization in the South China Sea".

Later, a scheduled bilateral meeting between the two countries' foreign ministers - China's Wang Yi and Vietnam's Pham Binh Minh - was abruptly cancelled on the sidelines of the gathering.

During the ASEAN meetings, which ended on August 10, China deployed an effective divide-and-conquer strategy, leveraging its close relationship with Cambodia, which has consistently opposed any indirect criticism of China's activities in the disputed waters.

After the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague ruled against Beijing's claims to the South China Sea, the USA resumed FONOPs. They do that on a daily basis, including the South China Sea.

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"I also wanted to tell you that two years ago, China had already completed the reclamation". It was not reflective of the situation. "China's air force can not simply guard on land and not go out", he said in a report broadcast by Hong Kong-based Phoenix Television, which was posted to the air force's official microblog late on the same day. China has not recognized the ruling.

Washington is accusing China of taking an aggressive stance on the issue because of its island reclamation projects.

China on Wednesday expressed strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to Japan's defence white paper for 2017 which accused Beijing of trying to change the status quo in the East and South China Sea based on "its own assertions". The Department of Foreign Affairs did not comment further on the issue.

While the communique mentioned the "importance of non-militarization and self-restraint in the conduct of all activities by claimants", it also zeroed in on the activities of "all other states".

Thursday's freedom of navigation operation was the third of its kind carried out by the United States since President Donald Trump took office in January.

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Speaking with the Indian media on the decks of the PLAN's frigate Yulin about the growing Chinese presence in the Indian Ocean - which is much to the disquiet of India - he said China's military is defensive in nature, not offensive. It's true in the South China Sea.

Asean and China may say the framework is only a guide for how the COC will be established, but it is unclear where the negotiations will lead.

The U.S. military has a long-standing position that its operations are carried out throughout the world, including in areas claimed by allies, and they are separate from political considerations.

"According to the [Department of Foreign Affairs] they have already addressed this matter- that the area referred to is contested by both Vietnam and China, and not the Philippines", Abella said in a text message to CNN Philippines Thursday.

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