China says it has natural right in South China sea militarization

The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal

Beijing-based navy analyst Zhou Chenming instructed the South China Morning Publish: "China must level out the floor world its dedication to defend the fruits of its monetary reforms over the earlier 40 years".

Recent U.S. deployments of aircraft carriers, backed by destroyers, to the disputed waters for freedom of navigation challenges to Beijing's territorial claims are reassuring allies but also prompting concerns with China's own show of force in the busy waterway.

Beijing claims "indisputable" ownership over all South China Sea islands and their adjacent waters, an allegation that impacts the territorial integrity of the other sovereign states in the region, namely Taiwan, Brunei, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

"Since Americans are our friends in one way or another, they can help us deter any threat".

U.S. Sailors move aircraft from an elevator into the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in the South China Sea April 8, 2018.

Notably, the expert said China was trying to "send a message" to anyone who may seek to meddle in the South China Sea, "so it's not just to the United States but also in relation to more recent statements made by other interested powers - like those in Europe, for example".

Those included H-6K long-range strategic bombers that carry DH-20 long-range land-attack cruise missiles, giving them the ability to hit targets as far away as Australia, along with Russian-made Su-35 fighters.

THE US Navy has put on a powerful display of military precision and efficiency during a routine training session in the disputed South China Sea.

"China will unswervingly follow the path of peaceful development, pursue a national defense policy that is defensive in nature and a military strategy of active defense, " he added.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's policy of befriending China has worked, Sta.

"We have seen Chinese ships around us", Rear Admiral Steve Koehler, the strike group commander, told a small group of reporters on board the three-decade-old carrier.

"I haven't seen any unsafe interaction", Koehler said, adding that problems could be avoided "if all the navies are operating in accordance with the worldwide norm and law".

China has long objected to USA military operations off its coasts, even in areas Washington insists are free to worldwide passage.

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