China rejects 'ridiculous' USA accusation of S.China Sea militarization

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks to reporters aboard a US military plane

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks to reporters aboard a US military plane

Two U.S. Navy warships sailed Sunday near islands occupied by China in the Paracel Islands, off the coast of Vietnam.

Asserting that the American vessels entered China's territorial waters "without the permission of the Chinese government", the Chinese Ministry of National Defense explained that the Chinese military "immediately dispatched warships to identify and inspect the American ships according to law, and warned them to depart".

The statement described the exercises, believed to have been carried out around Woody Island in the Paracels, as preparation for "the West Pacific and the battle for the South China Sea".

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said his nation could go to war if its soldiers were hurt in the disputed South China Sea, a top aide said on Wednesday after allegations emerged that Beijing had harassed Manila's troops in the area. "We want to start digging for oil and gas in the South China Sea". This comes at a time when the US President Trump seeks to seek Beijing cooperation on North Korea.

"For those who keep saying, "File a protest, file a protest, ' what do we mean when we said, 'We are taking all diplomatic actions"?"

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China has also deployed YJ-12B anti-ship cruise missiles and HQ-9B surface-to-air missiles to islands in the Spratlys, boosting China's ability to combat USA aviation and naval assets should such action be necessary.

The briefing was held after the House Special Committee on the West Philippine Sea, chaired by former Speaker and Quezon City Rep. Feliciano Belmonte Jr. asked officials concerned to discuss implications of recent developments in the West Philippine Sea and the supposed government's inaction on China's aggression.

Filipino forces have been based for years on the island, which the Philippines calls Pag-asa, along with a small fishing community.

He said the government is also upgrading its military facilities on Pagasa Island, the largest of nine features the Philippines occupies in the West Philippine Sea.

However, four years after the ships' pullouts which granted China a tighter grip on the West Philippine Sea, Aquino said Beijing failed to fulfill its part of the deal, supposedly brokered by the United States, as it did not follow Manila's pullout of ships.

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To register its objection to Beijing's rising militarization of its synthetic islands, america army on Might 23 disinvited China from biannual RIMPAC naval exercises.

Beijing has been building artificial islands to reinforce its claim over most of the resource-rich South China Sea, despite protests from Southeast Asian countries.

"It is not the policy of this administration to engage in megaphone or microphone diplomacy, and announce each and every action, unless announcing it is beneficial to us", Cayetano said.

Mattis is stopping in Hawaii on his way to the Singapore meeting so that he can attend the ceremony marking the change in leadership at U.S. Pacific Command.

However, Mattis's statements, taken as an indirect response to Beijing, argues that Beijing is the one who is in violation of global law, as United Nations tribunals have on repeated occasions ruled against territorial claims of what China calls the cow's tongue or the nine-dash line, a presumptuous assertion that the entire South China Sea is Chinese territory.

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