The Pentagon introduced a recent Chinese missile launch make huge controversy that the South China Sea was muddling and contrary to Chinese promises that it would not militarize the controversial waterway.
The South China Sea is one of an increasing number of highlights in the US-China relationship, which initiate a trade war, US sanctions, and Taiwan.
The United States and China have frequently merchandised in the past over what Washington claims is militarization by Beijing in the South China Sea by deploying military installations on contrived islands and reefs.
A US personnel, concerning on the condition of anonymity, said China tested several anti-ship ballistic missiles in the weekend.
Pentagon representative Lieutenant Colonel Dave Eastburn said, “ of course the Pentagon was aware of the Chinese missile launch from the man-made structures in the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands”.
Eastburn included, “ I’m not going to speak on behalf of all the sovereign nations in the region, but I’m sure they agree that the PRC’s behavior is contrary to its claim to want to bring peace to the region and obviously actions like this are coercive acts meant to intimidate other (South China Sea) claimants”. PEC is an abbreviation for the People’s Republic of China.
China has not ensured the missile tests and the foreign ministry refused to comment, mentioning questions to the defense ministry, which did not reply to an urge for the statement.
The Chinese government has said that the military was bearing drills between the Paracel Islands and Spratly last weekend and ending on Wednesday, alerting other shipping not to enter a specific area.
China’s claims in the South China Sea, through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes each year, are opposed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam