21:22 02.07.2020 (updated 21:41 02.07.2020) Short URL
The United States Department of Defense has expressed concern over the decision to carry out military exercises in the South China Sea over the course of this week.
According to the Pentagon, the region where Chinese naval forces have chosen to carry out their activities includes disputed waters and, for this reason, such actions are “counterproductive” to efforts to reduce tensions and maintain stability in that area.
“PRC shares [República Popular da China] further destabilize the situation in the South China Sea. These exercises also violate the PRC’s commitments in the 2002 South China Sea Declaration on the Conduct of Parties to avoid activities that would complicate or escalate disputes and affect peace and stability “, said the North American Defense through a note released this Thursday (2).
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Still according to the Pentagon, these exercises are just the last example of a long list of actions organized by Beijing to make “illegal maritime claims” and “harm” neighboring countries in the South China Sea.
“The PRC’s actions contrast with its commitment not to militarize the South China Sea and the United States’ vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region, in which all nations, large and small, are secure in their sovereignty. , free from coercion and capable of pursuing economic growth consistent with accepted international rules and standards. “