China criticizes US maneuvers
China sharply criticizes the deployment of two American aircraft carriers for maneuvers in the South China Sea. Foreign spokesman Zhao Lijian speaks of a “demonstration of power with ulterior motives”. It is a provocation and undermines peace and stability in the sea area. China criticizes US maneuvers
The United States sees it differently: “They saw us and we saw them ” said the commandant of the American aircraft carrier “Nimitz”, Admiral James Kirk, today in a telephone call with the Reuters news agency. Aircraft carrier maneuvers are carried out in the South China Sea.
The Chinese maneuvers
The Chinese maneuvers around the Paracel Islands; these are not objectionable because the archipelago belongs to China; said the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lijian. Although the islands are also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan so Zhao Lijian pretended that there was no dispute over it. US criticism of China’s maneuvers “completely ignores the facts”.
Washington had accused the Beijing leadership of further destabilizing the situation in the South China Sea with its exercises. The sea area lies between China, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Beijing uses 80 percent of the resource-rich sea through which major shipping routes pass. The International Arbitration Court in The Hague rejected the territorial claims in 2016. China ignores the verdict.
The “USS Ronald Reagan” and the “USS Nimitz” had, according to US media reports, started one of the largest exercises in the marine area on July 4, American Independence Day, in a long time. Relations between China and the United States are extremely tense. The US government has made serious allegations to Beijing about dealing with the corona pandemic. There are also numerous other disputes between the world’s largest economies such as trade issues; or Beijing’s dealings with Hong Kong