China has fired back at a U.S. Department of Defense report regarding China’s military’s advancements in the South China Sea.
In other words, “China can’t handle the truth!”
In the report, the U.S. Department of Defense says that China is expected to add military infrastructure, such as communications and surveillance systems to artificial islands located in the South China Sea. With the introduction of this military infrastructure, China would have “civil military bases” in contested waters.
The report stated that China is using “coercive tactics” and creating unwanted regional tensions as it continues to increase its military presence in the South China Sea. The report also stated that China is doing this is a manner that does not provoke conflict.
Recently, China has been claiming sovereignty over some of the lands that are located in both the East and South China Seas because of their historic rights to the land.
State news agency Xinhua reported China’s Defense Ministry spokesman, Yang Yujun said the report has “severely damaged mutual trust.” “China follows a national defense policy that is defensive in nature,” Yang added. He stated that the purpose for China’s increased military involvement is to maintain peace and sovereignty in the region.
“It is the United States that has always been suspicious and flexing its military muscle by frequently sending military aircraft and warships to the region,” Yang said.
The United States has recently accused China of militarizing the South China Sea, while China has criticized the United States for increasing patrols in the region.