The US officials strongly refuted the claim made by China, in which Hua Chunying, the Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman commented, “What Chinese government is doing in the South China Sea is akin to the US’s deploying of defence facilities in Hawaii and no other country has a claim on Hawaii.
“The US has recently made quite a lot of remarks about militarization. It is actually trying to confuse the public”
“China is deploying necessary, limited defensive facilities on its own territory is not substantively different from the United States defending Hawaii”
“The US is not involved in the South China Sea dispute, and this is not and should not become a problem between China and the United States”
In response, Josh Earnest , the White House press secretary told :
“There is no other country that has a claim on Hawaii. But yet when you consider the land features in the South China Sea, there are a variety of overlapping territorial claims that a variety of countries have made on those features”
Additionally, Earnest also recognized, that Chinese administration may have disagreement about the claims made by other nations, and told that it is precisely the reason the US believes all the parties should resolve their differences peacefully, without the military provocations:
“That is why we have urged all parties who are claimants to these features – the US is not among them, we’ve encouraged all of the countries that do have claims to resolve them in a peaceful, legal manner and to avoid confrontation and to seek to avoid escalating the tensions in that area of the world”
Moreover, Earnest told that the US hoped that tensions in that part of the world would be diminished and all of the claimants to the land features in the South China Sea make the same kind of commitment that was seen from the leaders of ASEAN in California recently during last week.
The dispute over south china sea is heating up between the two countries as last week, the United States accused China of raising tensions in the South China Sea by its apparent deployment of surface-to-air missiles on a disputed island.
Meanwhile, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yiwill is scheduled to visit the United States to have talks on East Asian territorial and defense issues. He will be accompanied by John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State, and will conduct talks from Tuesday 23 Feb to Thursday 25 Feb.
The recent visit by Chinese official, comes at an intense time in relations between the two super-powers, when both United States and China face the issues of militarization and free navigation in the South China Sea.
Nonetheless, the two nations are also facing the issue of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs.
Source : TOI