The move comes amid increasing Chinese concern over the United States’ military activities in the South China Sea.
On Wednesday, China’s ambassador to Washington said that the US has “no right whatsoever to intervene in the legitimate activities conducted by China in the South China Sea.”
The South China Sea has been the site of increasing tensions in recent months as Vietnam, China and the Philippines accelerated the building of installations on the disputed Spratly Islands.
China has cautioned the United States against intervening in the dispute. According to a Xinhua state news agency commentary on the US role in the dispute, “Desisting from taking sides on the South China Sea issue would be a good start.”
- Vietnam launches legal challenge against China’s South China Sea claims (chinadailymail.com)
- Vietnam warships visit Philippines amid South China Sea dispute (chinadailymail.com)
- China is claiming air space over disputed areas of the South China Sea (chinadailymail.com)
- China warns Philippines: Will never tolerate ‘occupation’ of disputed shoal (chinadailymail.com)
- Chinese media: China will challenge the US in South China Sea (chinadailymail.com)
- US navy set to confront China over island bases (thetimes.co.uk)
- Pentagon mulls sending planes, ships near disputed South China Sea islands (scooprocket.com)
- The Wall Street Journal: China lashes out over U.S. plan on South China Sea (marketwatch.com)
- Face Off: China’s Navy Stalks U.S. Ship in South China Sea (nworeport.me)
- Is The U.S. And China Heading For A Naval Showdown In The South China Sea? (warnewsupdates.blogspot.com)