In line with US President Joe Biden’s visit to South Korea and Japan, China is conducting military exercises in the disputed South China Sea, mainly focusing on the perceived threat from Beijing. The exercise was reported by the Maritime Safety Administration Office in the southern island province of Hainan. Started Thursday and will continue until Monday.
It said other crafts would be barred from entering the area, but did not elaborate. China claims the South China Sea virtually completely, and the important waterway has become a potential flashpoint for conflict in Asia. The United States does not take a foreign position on the issue of sovereignty, but insists on the right to operate freely at sea and often navigates ships. The warships are located near the militarized Chinese-occupied islands in the area, known as the “Freedom of Navigation Operation.” China regularly protests such missions, identifying them as a deliberate provocation that threatens peace and stability.
To assert its claim, it has built airspace and other military infrastructure over the coral reef and the man-made island built on top of the coral reef. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan also practice overlapping claims in the South China Sea. China’s first aircraft carrier, Liaoning, has been conducting a mission in the Sea of Japan since the beginning of the month, the defense ministry said in a statement. China on Wednesday flew a pair of long-range nuclear-capable H-6 bombers through the region, according to Chinese media reports. While in Japan, Biden will meet with fellow leaders of the Indo-Pacific Strategic Alliance on Tuesday, a group known as the Quad, which includes Australia, India and Japan.
The four countries are concerned about China’s growing regional strength and growing armed forces. China sees the grouping as part of a US-led push to thwart its economic and political rise and frustrate efforts to intimidate autonomous Taiwan into accepting its demands. To accept the Beijing regime.
On Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi criticized Washington and Tokyo’s negative actions against Beijing during a video call with Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi.
Citing the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Wang said, “What has raised attention and caution is that the so-called joint Japan-US anti-China rhetoric is already being dusted off before the American leader leaves for the meeting.” .