China claims nearly the entire South China Sea, which includes shipping lanes where trillions of dollars worth of goods are transported. Other countries – including Taiwan, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines – also claim parts of the disputed South China Sea. China in recent months installed jamming equipment, and anti-ship and cruise missiles on the islands. “Despite China’s claims to the contrary, the placement of these weapons systems is tied directly to military use for the purposes of intimidation and coercion,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said last week at a security summit in Singapore. Tensions between China and the U.S. have grown in recent weeks, with China sending warships into the South China Sea during a U.S. Freedom of Navigation Operation where two U.S. warships sailed near the Parcel Islands. The U.S. also recently disinvited China from a naval exercise that China has participated in in the past.
China has accused the United States of militarizing the South China Sea after two U.S. B-52 bombers flew over the Chinese-held Scarborough Shoal in a show of force: https://t.co/1y6Lwqyf9j— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) June 6, 2018
June 07, 2018