China does not like the joint military activities of Japan, US and India. Beijing just condemned the alliance as it seeks to threaten its ambitions even as the ASEAN members retract their statement expressing serious concerns over the South China Sea dispute.
China Calls out US, Japan and India over South China Sea joined exercises
A Chinese military expert just called out the US, India and Japan for their joint military drill in the East China Sea. The official emphasized that such actions only adds to the tension in the disputed region.
“A careful analysis (of the drill) points towards two objectives. The first is aimed at the Diaoyu Islands, to make the maritime and air space situations of the East China Sea worse. The exercise takes place in Okinawa waters, which is very close to the Diaoyu Islands and surrounding waters. If the three countries mount their advanced equipment in the region, their purposes are definitely to create more frictions in the disputed area,” Tasnim News Agency quoted Du Wenlong via CCTV.
The alliance just conducted a drill called the Malabar which is part of the annual event between US and India. What’s more interesting is that Japan has also joined the cooperation.
“The second objective is China’s military deployment in the East China Sea. The three countries’ maritime and air space control and detecting capabilities can be a threat to China’s military activities in its offshore areas,” he added.
ASEAN Crumbles Before China over South China Sea tension
The drill comes at a time when ASEAN members doubled back on their word regarding the said dispute. Previously, foreign ministers from Southeast Asia expressed “serious concern” over the tensed situation in the South China Sea. However, the uncanny show of unity may have just crumbled since the statement was retracted.
According to the Wall Street Journal, their statement, which spread through the media, was taken back around the same time that China has launched a diplomatic bid to discredit a coming international legal ruling on territorial claims. Many expect the international court to decide against Beijing.
Previously, ASEAN leaders voiced out “serious concerns over recent and ongoing developments, which have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and which may have the potential to undermine peace, security and stability in the South China Sea.”