China Sea News: Fears of Open Conflict After South China Sea Missile Launch in Beijing | World | News

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The incident took place during a Chinese military exercise in the region, the sovereignty of which is hotly contested. After the United States condemned the Chinese move, Beijing hit back, claiming America was a “saboteur and troublemaker” in the region.

The controversy began when the Chinese People’s Liberation Army fired ballistic missiles during the exercise.The Pentagon retaliated by saying Beijing’s actions were “counterproductive in easing tensions and maintaining stability.”

Beijing’s land claim over the South China Sea is contested by six of its neighbors.

The United States has refused to recognize China’s claim to the world’s busiest shipping lane.

America and other Western powers have sent warships on “freedom of navigation” patrols across the region to demonstrate their rejection of Chinese sovereignty.

To bolster its claim, China has built military bases, including airstrips, on natural and man-made islands in the disputed area.

China’s foreign ministry has reacted with fury to the United States’ condemnation of its missile tests.

At a press conference, his spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, said the exercises were “routine arrangements conducted by the Chinese military off the coast of China.”

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“The US side should stop sowing trouble and sowing discord in the South China Sea and play a constructive role in safeguarding regional peace and stability.”

Tensions between China and the United States have intensified in recent months over Covid-19, trade, Hong Kong, the South China Sea, and Beijing’s treatment of its Uyghur minority.

Zhao added that US actions in the South China Sea had “undermined China’s sovereignty and security interests as well as the normal order of navigation.”

He asserted: “The United States has frequently sent advanced warships, fighter jets and reconnaissance planes to the South China Sea in large numbers to project its power and engage in military provocations. . “

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has warned that tensions between the country could turn into open conflict ahead of the US presidential election in November.

He made this categorical claim during an event at La Trobe University in Melbourne titled “The Challenge from China: Can a New Cold War Be Averted?”

Mr Rudd commented: “There is a real danger with a collapse of diplomatic relations and an erosion of all forms of political capital between the two countries in their bilateral relations.

“If you have an incident where a ship collides with another ship, an airplane collides with another aircraft… then you have a crisis with an aircraft on land or a ship as to what happens then.”

Earlier this year, China imposed new security laws on Hong Kong, depriving the former British territory of much of its autonomy.

In response, Washington revoked Hong Kong’s special trade status with the United States and will instead treat it like any other part of China.



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