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Chinese military lodges stern representations to Japan over latter's Defence White Paper
Hence, it would not be surprising to see that "hard" rather than "soft politics" issues will set the tone of the rivalry between Beijing and D.C.in the coming months and years.As far as global hegemonic competitions are concerned, the US perceives China as the only viable candidate that could potentially challenge its global dominance through empowerment in political, economic and military realms.
The official said the interactions were all "safe and professional", with the operation lasting about six hours. The operations, according to anonymous officials, were meant to challenge China's claim on trade routes now contested by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Tensions are mounting. This is a gradual process, and the problem is that the South China Sea is now becoming a geopolitical whirlpool sucking in more and more countries.
The South China Sea issues are important in themselves but one should always be aware of the context in which they are embedded - the contest between China and the United States for dominance in the region.
"This clearly shows who does not want a stable South China Sea and who is the major force driving the militarization in these waters", the ministry spokesperson said.
China said it was "displeased" after a USA warship sailed close to one of its artificial islands in the South China Sea as part of a "freedom of navigation" operation.
Thursday's freedom of navigation operation was the third of its kind carried out by the U.S. since President Donald Trump took office in January.
China has been especially assertive in the area recently, and has not shied away from harsh diplomatic confrontation with the other claimants.
However, President Rodrigo Duterte has chosen to tread softly on the territorial dispute and refused to invoke the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration that recognized the Philippines' claims over China's.
Ma said that while China will continue its military activities, those "in the Sea of Japan are still not that many".
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana acknowledged knowing of China's continuing improvement of structures on manmade islands in the South China Sea but said the government "will leave it at that". Yet China apparently still claims the nine-dash line or exclusive economic zones (EEZs) from the Spratly features it occupies and has threatened to use force to back its claim.
A Chinese frigate and a United States destroyer engaged in a heated communication exchange in the South China Sea on Thursday, AFP reported citing own sources.
Cayetano in fact said in a press conference on July 26: "What I've noticed about CSIS is they don't give you all the pictures".
Defending the first Chinese overseas naval base against accusations that it was created to amplify China's growing influence, Liang said it will act as a logistical center and support anti-piracy, United Nations peacekeeping operations and humanitarian relief missions in the region.
A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a "freedom of navigation operation" on Thursday, coming within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials told Reuters.
He also insisted that such operations "seriously endanger lives".
In the white paper of more than 560 pages, Japan devoted 34 pages to unjustified criticism of China's normal defence construction and military activities, Xinhua news agency reported.
The US supports neither nation's claims and insists that the sea should be a neutral space available for free navigation.
"And the point of that is to demonstrate that the United States will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever global law allows".
The island itself is claimed by China, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
But the approved ASEAN-China agreed framework for negotiation of a COC did not mention the need to have it be legally binding, enforceable, or contain a dispute resolution mechanism.
China immediately dispatched two missile frigates to identify the ship, and they warned it to leave, said Wu Qian, spokesman for the Defence Ministry, early on Friday.
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