China criticises US joint provider drills in South China Sea

Beijing, July 6

China on Monday accused the US of flexing its army muscle tissues within the South China Sea by conducting joint workout routines with two US plane provider teams within the strategic waterway.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian stated the workout routines have been carried out “totally out of ulterior motives” and undermined stability within the space.

“Against such a backdrop, the US deliberately dispatched massive forces to conduct large-scale military exercises in the relevant waters of the South China Sea to flex its military muscle,” Zhao stated at a each day briefing.

The US Navy stated over the weekend that the USS Nimitz and the USS Ronald Reagan together with their accompanying vessels and plane performed workout routines “designed to maximise air defence capabilities, and extend the reach of long-range precision maritime strikes from carrier-based aircraft in a rapidly evolving area of operations.”

China claims nearly all the South China Sea and routinely objects to any motion by the US army within the area. Five different governments declare all or a part of the ocean, by means of which roughly $5 trillion in items are shipped yearly.

China has sought to shore up its declare to the ocean by constructing army bases on coral atolls, main the US to sail warships by means of the area in what it calls freedom of operation missions. Washington doesn’t formally take a stand on the rival territorial claims within the area however is intently allied with a number of of the claimants and insists that the waters and the airspace above be free to all international locations. AP

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