Tensions continue to escalate between the United States and China as the two exchanged opposing views during the Shangri-La Dialogue. China refuses to acknowledge any international ruling over the South China Sea dispute while the United States continues to call out the red flags over Beijing’s military activities over the disputed region.
China Vows to Ignore Ruling
In a seemingly more vocal move against resolution over the South China Sea dispute, Chinese military officials promised not to honor the legal ruling from the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague in light of the case filed by the Philippines. The latter is also a claimant over the disputed region but China seems unfazed even with the supposed intervention of the international court.
“We do not make trouble, but we have no fear of trouble,” Aljazeera quoted admiral Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of staff of the People’s Liberation Army.
“China will not bear with the arbitration award, nor will it allow any infringement of its sovereignty,” the official added even with opposition from the United States.
According to reports, The Hague will most likely base its ruling on the legitimacy of the “nine-dash line” which is the cartographic marker that Beijing has used as basis for its territorial rights over the disputed waters.
US Sends Out a Warning
“Countries across the region have been taking action and voicing concerns publicly and privately, at the highest levels, in regional meetings, and global fora,” said US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.
“As a result, China’s actions in the South China Sea are isolating it at a time when the entire region is coming together and networking. Unfortunately, if these actions continue, China could end up erecting a Great Wall of self-isolation.”
In another report from the Sydney Morning Herald, US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed concern over the possibility of China declaring an air defense identification zone over the waters. According to Kerry, this could be considered as a “provocative and destabilizing act.”