China muddies the water of the South China Sea issue. The best way to divert attention from your own behavior is to accuse others of the very same thing. In this case China accuses the United States of being the one to militarize the South China Sea. That is laughable at a minimum. China has been taking over, by force of might, reefs that are in contention of ownership among various nations. Then land reclamation has commenced, followed by the building of harbors and runways. That sure looks like militarization to the most casual observer. The United States response to this has been to ensure freedom of navigation. So who is guilty? Not my Nation!
China says U.S.-Philippines base deal raises questions
From Reuters: Reporting by Ben Blanchard, addtional reporting by Rozanna Latiff in Kuala Lumpur
BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Monday agreements like the one reached last week by the United States and the Philippines allowing for a U.S. military presence at five Philippine bases raised questions about militarization in the South China Sea.
The United States is keen to boost the military capabilities of East Asian countries and its own regional presence in the face of China’s assertive pursuit of territorial claims in the South China Sea, one of the world’s busiest trade routes.
The United States and its regional allies have expressed concern that China is militarizing the South China Sea with moves to build airfields and other military facilities on the islands it occupies.
Asked about the base deal, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that U.S.-Philippine cooperation should not be targeted at any third party nor harm other nations’ sovereignty or security interests.
“I also want to point out that recently the U.S. military likes to talk about the so-called militarization of the South China Sea,” Hua told a daily news conference.