“Stop Flexing Muscles In South China Sea,” China Tells the U.S.

South China Sea
South China Sea

China has warned the United States to “stop flexing muscles in the South China Sea”. Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe made the statement to U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper during a meeting of defense ministers in Bangkok. A Chinese spokesman, Wu Qian, said Fenghe remarked privately to Esper during a closed-door meeting on the sidelines of the conference.

Two weeks before Fenghe reportedly made the remark, Esper had in the US condemned China for intimidating Taiwan through military coercion over the ownership of the disputed South China Sea. So it seemed Fenghe seized the opportunity of the talks in Bangkok to tell Esper that the US should “stop flexing muscles in the South China Sea and to not provoke and escalate tensions” in the area.

Although Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Taiwan all lay claims to sections of the South China Sea, China spreads her tentacles to almost the entire waters and the included islands, setting up military outposts there to warn off other claimants. The region is rich in unlimited oil and gas reserves, something the Chinese government is eyeing and wants to have for themselves.

The United States Navy frequently sails its vessels close to the islands in the disputed zone, something the Chinese government considers trespassing. Beijing said they would want the US to stop sailing their ships close to these areas because this appears like a military provocation.

However, when they were able to discuss other pertinent matters, Esper told Fenghe that China should resolve the tensions and demonstrations in Hong Kong for peace to reign. But the Chinese defense minister said the leadership of Hong Kong should be blamed for the civil unrest, which has consumed the former British colony for nearly five months.

Furthermore, China said they would not allow Taiwan to gain independence, nor allow any external powers such as the United States to support Taiwan in any military manner. The Chinese government said they would hit Taiwan militarily if the latter worked towards self-determination. As it stands, Taiwan is preparing for a presidential election in 2020.

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