China angry over US military ‘plans’ in disputed waters

A satellite image of vessels purportedly dredging sand at Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea taken by DigitalGlobe for the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative on March 17, 2015 (AFP Photo/)

Beijing (AFP) – Beijing expressed anger Wednesday after reports the United States was considering ramping up its military presence in disputed South China Sea waters and confronting Chinese territorial claims with ships and aircraft.

Defence Secretary Ash Carter asked staff to explore sending Navy surveillance aircraft and vessels to islands which Washington believes have been rapidly built up by China in recent months, the Wall Street Journal said Tuesday, citing officials.

“We are severely concerned by relevant remarks made by the American side,” Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular briefing in Beijing.

“Freedom of navigation does not mean that the military vessels or aircraft of a foreign country can wilfully enter the territorial waters or airspace of another country.”

China claims nearly all of the South China Sea, even waters approaching the coasts of its Asian neighbours, and has provoked alarm with increasingly bold actions…


  • Ha Ha! Wait’ll the Chinese are left holding bags full of worthless US Dollars!

    That’ll show em.

    • mobuyus

      Hey that’s that Smart Power.

    • Billy Bob Thornton

      So you want the US to save itself by launching WW3?! That is their only choice to save US dollar dominance.

  • I am sure Hussein Obozo will send them a strongly worded email?

    • Frau Katze

      It likely won’t get past that.

      • El Martyachi

        Don’t forget poutyfaced hashtag campaigns.

  • Shebel

    Sounds a lot like the late 1950’s or early ’60’s except now the USA has a traitor in the White House.
    It is a really good time for China to claim whatever they feel like.
    Putin already knows this.

    • Brett_McS

      Yep, President Mom Jeans won’t want to cause a scene.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    China is so lucky that we have a spineless wimp in office.

  • Alain

    Communism is a totalitarian, supremist and imperialist ideology, which it shares with Islam. This is just another of many other examples coming from Communist China. The Chinese people deserve better.

  • How is that new pan-Asian alliance coming along?

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    What I find strange is how no one is saying this is a bad idea?! I mean what nation has nuke I mean unless you want nuclear war. The fact is this is about which nation will have their nation be the dominant one in the world. Remember after WW2, the US dollar became the world reserve currency. You think the US wants to lose that. That is all this is about. Things seem to also be getting hotter.

    What I also find interesting is people that believe in mainstream politics never ask themselves I wonder if this person really has power or he is just a figurehead?

  • Maurixio Garcia Sanchez

    Is China the next country that will get the trade sanctions from the West?

  • bob e

    sleazy, whore president bill clinton sold all the new us systems to the chinee.
    it really wont matter. the japs will eat them alive like they always do ..