Fatah backs China for resolving South China Sea dispute via dialogue

The flagship newspaper of China's ruling Communist Party has issued a harsh attack on USA policies in Asia, accusing it of seeking to turn the disputed South China Sea into a powder keg and warning it not to underestimate China's determination to defend its territorial claims.

It filed a compulsory arbitration against China at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague with respect to the two sides' dispute.

The two aircraft carriers were supported by three guided missile cruisers and six destroyers.

The report also said that cruise routes that now take travelers to the Paracel archipelago in the South China Sea, would be improved. Beijing said it protested the move.

A senior US Department of State official responsible for Asia Pacific affairs told Sin Chew Daily South China Sea is a very important worldwide maritime territory, and although the United States is not directly involved in the territorial disputes, it is concerned whether countries with territorial claims will act in accordance with the global Law. -Philippine drill that ended in mid- April, five American A-10 Thunderbolt ground-attack jets, (better known as the warthog), three H-60G Pavehawk helicopters and one MC-130H Combat Talon special forces infiltration aircraft remained behind at Clark Air Base, along with almost 300 crew members.

US aircraft carrier strike groups have conduced joint operations before in the Western Pacific in recent years, including in the South China Sea, East China Sea and Philippine Sea.

"In [a] way it is sending China a message that it can not discount the decision of the tribunal", Mr.de Castro said, adding that even China expects the tribunal's ruling to be against them.

Washington has warned China against declaring an air defense identification zone in the South China Sea, as it did in the East China Sea in 2013, and against stepping up its building and fortification of artificial islands.

U.S. military activity, including freedom of navigation cruises near China's man-made islands and exercises with allies, is contributing to the militarization of the region, the editorial said. The Chinese foreign ministry's statement characterized the faraway waters as China's traditional fishing ground.

A previous China Daily report said the mayor of Sansha city, on Woody Island in the Paracels, estimated that some 30,000 people have already visited, and "many people with a patriotic spirit want to try it". "They must be able to save face". The United States just deployed more warships to the region in an attempt to thwart off any more actions from Beijing and its quest to conquer the South China Sea.

By contrast, analysts say the USA deployment of "Growler" electronic warfare fighters to Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines last week, and its placement of A-10C "Warthog" attack planes there in April, are a more direct signal of Washington's commitment to Manila ahead of the court verdict.

The United States earlier called on China and the Philippines to exercise restraint when the worldwide tribunal issues a ruling on the disputes. Among the "others", Shearer named Australia, which has hesitated in the past to send naval vessels through the disputed territories.

Over 160 countries and the European Union have signed on to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos).


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