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China to conduct military drills in S. China Sea amid tensions with U.S

 

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FILE PHOTO: Royal Australian Navy guided-missile frigate HMAS Parramatta (FFH 154) (L) sails with U.S. Navy Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) and Arleigh-Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) in the South China Sea, April 18, 2020. Picture taken April 18, 2020. Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas Huynh/U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS

 

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Tuesday it will conduct military exercises in the South China Sea this week, just days after Beijing bristled at a U.S. aircraft carrier group's entry into the disputed waters.

 

A notice issued by the country's Maritime Safety Administration prohibited entry into a portion of waters in the Gulf of Tonkin to the west of the Leizhou peninsula in southwestern China from Jan. 27 to Jan. 30, but it did not offer details on when the drills would take place or at what scale.

 

A U.S. carrier group led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt entered the South China Sea on Saturday to promote "freedom of the seas," the U.S. military said, days after Joe Biden began his term as president.

 

The contested waters have become another flashpoint in the increasingly testy bilateral relationship between Beijing and Washington. The U.S. military has steadily increased its activities there in recent years as China asserts its territorial claims in the area in conflict with neighbouring countries including Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan.

 

The announcement of the drills in the Gulf of Tonkin, just east of Vietnam, came as the Southeast Asian country opened a key Communist Party congress in Hanoi.

 

China on Monday complained that the United States frequently sends aircraft and vessels into the South China Sea, through which trillion dollars in trade flow every year, to "flex its muscles" and said such actions are not conducive to peace and stability in the region.

 

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6 hours ago, Isaan sailor said:

They give us Covid19, and polluted air.  They take islands off the coast of Phillippines, the waters of the Mekong River, and military bases in Cambodia.  What's not to like about China?

Some of their ladies are lovely.

 

But on a less serious not; Steve Bannon has openly voiced that the US should confront the Chinese, in the South China Sea, and insist they get off  'their' islands. Or else, the US navy will get you off!! 

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1 hour ago, owl sees all said:

Some of their ladies are lovely.

 

But on a less serious not; Steve Bannon has openly voiced that the US should confront the Chinese, in the South China Sea, and insist they get off  'their' islands. Or else, the US navy will get you off!! 

Bannon?  He's a nutter that very few listen to....

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