South China Sea Dispute: China, America Trade Barbs Over Contested Region
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a warning against China about setting up an air defense zone over the South China Sea. On other side of the spectrum, Chinese Admiral Sun Jianguo aimed at the United States for its patrols over the disputed sea.Advertisement
US Warns Beijing over South China Sea ADIZ
US officials are concerned about what China might do should the international ruling on the South China Sea dispute come out. According to reports, it is likely that a ruling against China’s territorial ambitions could prompt the country to declare an air defense identification zone, or ADIZ, over the said waters. Beijing did a similar thing over the East China Sea back in 2013
“We would consider an ADIZ…over portions of the South China Sea as a provocative and destabilizing act which would automatically raise tensions and call into serious question China’s commitment to diplomatically manage the territorial disputes of the South China Sea,” Reuters quoted Kerry during his trip to Mongolia.
“So we urge China not to move unilaterally in ways that are provocative.”
South China Sea Dispute
China, on the other hand, challenged the United States over its decision to patrol the disputed waters. According to Bloomberg, Chinese Admiral Sun Jianguo called for global defense chiefs in South East Asian region to “tout military’s cooperation in the western Pacific.”
Sun seemingly spoke in a more conciliatory tone even against concerns that China continues to beef up military presence in the disputed region. He emphasized that the People’s Liberation Army has interacted with other military in the South East Asian region.
“The Asia-Pacific countries have constituted a community of shared destiny, interdependent and inseparable,” said Sun.
“The bright future for the Asia-Pacific region has to be facilitated by common development and common security of all regional countries.”