China Navy Drills Militarising The South China Sea: US

China Navy Drills Militarising The South China Sea: US

On Wednesday, China conducted Naval drills in the South China Sea with missiles in order to display its strength to the United States of America.

It is believed that China has fired two Ballistic missiles into the South China Sea in response to the recent US aerial activities in a no-fly zone area.

The military and navy exercises in the South China Sea by both the United States and China have taken the tensions between them to new levels.

As per the reports, Beijing fired one intermediate-range ballistic missile namely DF-26B from Qinghai province and another medium-range ballistic missile DF-21D from Zhejiang province. Both these missiles were fired in the direction of disputed Paracel Islands which is an area between Hainan province.

China’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Liu Xiaoming said

US move is severely disrupting China’s normal exercises and training activities in the South China Sea.

Here is the tweet of Liu Xiaoming

China’s foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian described the US aircraft as spy plane that has initiated the proactive actions by entering into Chinese no-fly zone and urged the US to stop such type of actions.

According to the Chinese according to the state-owned media

The DF-26B missile, which was formally launched earlier this month, is capable of hitting moving targets at sea, making it an aircraft-carrier killer.

A spokesperson for China’s embassy in Washington stated that

[South China Sea Islands] is an integral part of China’s territory, and it is fully justified for us to build facilities and deploy necessary defence equipment there,

The Chinese government has firm determination to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

US response

US defence chief Mark Esper stated that

China has repeatedly fallen short of promises to abide by international laws, noting China seems to be flexing its muscles the most in Southeast Asia.

Meanwhile, Pentagon has confirmed that the Chinese allegations about the U-2 overflight in the Pacific region did not violate any international rules as well as it has not entered the Chinese ‘No-fly zone’.

In July, two US aircraft conducted freedom of navigation exercises and military drills with its allies in the South China Sea.

The US Commerce Department said 

role in helping the Chinese military construct and militarize the internationally condemned artificial islands in the South China Sea.

Relations fray between the two superpowers US and China in recent times. The US has imposed sanctions on 24 Chinese companies which also targeted individuals through Visa impositions. On the other hand, China couldn’t digest the US sanctions and is planning to revert back in all possible ways and manners at all levels.

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