UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – The Chinese Foreign Ministry has suspended reports of two US aircraft flying near disputed islands in the South China Sea, stressing that aircraft and warships will not discourage China from protecting its territory.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying expressed the hope that the United States would be able to explain how sending such “offensive weapons” to the South China Sea is not militarized, urging Washington to stop exaggerating the issue of militarization and trouble-making.
“China will not be intimidated by any so-called military ships and aircraft … We will take all necessary steps to defend the sovereignty and security of our country and safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea region,” said a spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
CNN reported earlier that two US B-52 bombers flew near the Spratly Islands, where China built industrial islands, washed sea water, set up runways and other facilities on disputed coral reefs and small islands. .
The latest development came days after US Defense Secretary Jim Matisse said Saturday that his country is ready to work with China in “results oriented” relations, but said that “what it is doing in the South China Sea poses a threat, “It will deal with it strongly if necessary.”
The agency said the United States and China have different views on what is actually militarizing the South China Sea, which China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines demand sovereignty over parts of it, noting that the Chinese Air Force last month sent fighter jets to disputed islands in the China Sea for the purpose of Drills, which raised concerns Vietnam and the Philippines.
The source also said satellite images showed on May 12 that China had deployed surface-to-air missiles or anti-ship cruise missiles on trucks on Woody Island in the disputed waters.