Morning News USA previously reported that World War III is brewing in the South China Sea. Japan, Australia and the United States will conduct war games in July in the wake of perceived threats over the disputed land.
On Saturday, Russia announced it will also hold military drills in the South China Sea in 2016 together with China and Brunei. Russia accused the U.S. of contaminating the Asia Pacific Region of the same “color revolutions” it brought the Middle East.
Meanwhile, China remained adamant of its territorial claim of the islands as backed up by their own historical facts.
India has already deployed its four warships in a separate military drill with Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam in South China Sea.
Switzerland, on the other hand, offered to mediate among the warring nations.
With all these, Malaysian defense secretary might be right when he said that South China Sea is perhaps the “deadliest conflict” the world would come to know.
US missile shield deployments, terrorism and “color revolutions” destabilize Asia Pacific region
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov announced that Russia will conduct its first-ever military exercises with Brunei in 2016 in the wake of the escalating South China Sea tension. He said Russia is very much concerned with U.S. policies that destabilize the Asia Pacific region.
“We are concerned by US policies in the region, especially since every day it becomes increasingly focused on a systemic containment of Russia and China,” Antonov said at the Shangri-La Dialogue summit in Singapore.
“Despite our concerns about the US global missile defense architecture, they continue a policy of disrupting strategic stability, adding a regional segment of an anti-missile ‘shield’ in the Asia-Pacific,” Antonov was quoted as saying by Sputnik International.
He accused the U.S. of contaminating the region with “color revolutions” it has already inflicted in the Middle East and Ukraine.
“An epidemic of ‘color revolutions’ swept up the Middle East and, like a hurricane, wiped out several states in the region. This disease went across several European countries, where events are freely controlled from the outside,” Antonov said. The U.S. has also plunged Ukraine into a civil war, resulting into a real humanitarian catastrophe with over 6,000 people killed, Antonov highlighted.
China remains adamant in its territorial sovereignty over South China Sea
Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army or PLA, claims that China’s territorial claims is backed by sufficient historical and legal evidence. In spite of this, he said China has exercised enormous restraint to maintain peace and stability in South China Sea.
The deputy chief said that China’s military facilities in some islands were constructed to make living conditions conducive for its personnel deployed in the region. He said China remained consistent “in China’s claims in the South China Sea, no changes in China’s position on peaceful resolution of the relevant disputes through negotiation and consultation, no changes in China’s will to safeguard the freedom and safety of navigation in the South China Sea, and no changes in China’s goal to uphold peace and stability in the South China Sea.”
Indian naval warships reached the South China Sea
Four Indian warships have already reached the South China Sea to join the military exercise with Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia. After participating in these exercises, the warships will set sail for Australia, the Deccan Herald reported.
India is always ready to take the South China Sea as its “area of interest” if its assets are threatened.
“India believes in the freedom of navigation. Indian oil exploration activities in the South China Sea are in accordance with all international laws. Statements (made by China) threatening use of force are not appropriate as both countries are committed to resolve the issue,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said.
Switzerland offered to mediate over South China Sea spat
Switzerland does not possess a maritime power but it has a mediation power to facilitate dialogues among the warring nations in terms of territorial claims in the South China Sea.
Swiss foreign minister Didier Burkhalter said that Switzerland is an economic power.
“We have a strong interest in regional stability and safe shipping routes in the Asia Pacific. While Asia’s security challenges are for Asians to resolve, Switzerland stands ready to facilitate whenever its assistance should be requested,” he said at the Shangri-La Dialogue summit in Singapore.
“Concerns about unilateral actions in the South China Sea have been growing lately. However, tensions have not yet reached levels where efforts to strengthen cooperative security would seem futile,” he said.
“Now is the time to act. Now is the time to reassure. The multilateral schemes that have been created in the region in past years provide a basis to build upon.”
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