China once again is playing the victim card although its attempting to take the Pacific over.
China’s South China Sea military deployments are no different from deployments by the United States on Hawaii, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday, striking a combative tone before a visit by Foreign Minister Wang Yi to the US this week.
China hoped the US abided by its promises not to take sides in the dispute and stop “hyping up” the issue and tensions, especially over China’s “limited” military positions there, she said.
“China’s deploying necessary, limited defensive facilities on its own territory is not substantively different from the United States defending Hawaii,” Hua added.
US ships and aircraft carrying out frequent, close-in patrols and surveillance in recent years was what had increased regional tensions, she said.
“It’s this that is the biggest cause of the militarisation of the South China Sea. We hope that the United States does not confuse right and wrong on this issue or practise double standards.”
China claims most of the South China Sea, through which more than US$5 trillion in global trade passes every year. Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and Taiwan have rival claims.
Full article: China signals it will not back down over South China Sea deployments as foreign minister heads to US (South China Morning Post)