South China Sea Dispute: China Adamant On Territorial Ambition
China reiterated its territorial ambitions over the South China Sea as the country emphasized that it will not welcome any bargain over the disputed region. Furthermore, it appears the country has become even more aggressive as its fighter jets were recently involved in a dangerous interception against the United States.Advertisement
The Chinese government just promised that it will take a “strong position” to anyone that would want to intervene in the South China Sea dispute at the expense of the forthcoming decision on the arbitrary proceedings. Beijing issued a stern warning that it will not stand down when it comes to pushing for its sovereignty, rights and interests.
The warning came from Director General Xu Hong, Department of Treaty and Law of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, while the official was at a press briefing in Beijing. This is the sternest of warnings yet that came from a Chinese official regarding the upcoming international ruling.
“We hope that any party involved will not be hijacked by this arbitration,” Manila Bulletin quoted Director Xu.
Xu added that the country will “never agree to bargain over the South China Sea issue from any country on a basis of an unauthorized and ineffective arbitral award.” The country will refuse any proposal regardless of the nation so long as it is based on the arbitration.
“We hope that the Philippines could realize its errors and return to the right track of resolving disputes through negotiations and consultations,” the official stressed.
That territorial ambition seemed to have been reiterated just recently as at least two Chinese J-11 tactical aircraft intercepted a United States EP-3 reconnaissance aircraft “dangerously” during its routine mission in international airspace over the South China Sea.
A U.S. defense official confirmed to CNN about the incident. The official explained that the Chinese fighters flew within 50 feet of the American aircraft.
Another official claimed that the incident did gain the attention of people from the agency.
Nonetheless, Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said: “We have made progress reducing risk between our operational forces and those of the People’s Republic of China by improved dialogue at multiple levels under the bilateral Confidence Building Measures and the Military Maritime Consultative Agreement.”
“Over the past year, we have seen improvements in PRC actions, flying in a safe and professional manner,” he said. “We are addressing the issue through the appropriate diplomatic and military channels.”