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US says won't tolerate navigation curbs in tense South China Sea

Discussion in 'China & Asia Pacific' started by BMD, Aug 9, 2015.

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    US says won't tolerate navigation curbs in tense South China Sea

    The United States warned Thursday it would not tolerate efforts to control sea and air routes in the South China Sea, as Southeast Asian nations debated how hard to pressure Beijing on its island-building.

    US Secretary of State John Kerry said at a regional summit that open navigation of the strategically important area was an "intrinsic right".

    "Let me be clear: The United States will not accept restrictions on freedom of navigation and overflight, or other lawful uses of the sea," he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur, after attending a summit dominated by the flashpoint issue.
     
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    us is itching for a fight with china
    ....bring it on
     
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    China is still many decades away from being able to fight the US in any capacity.
     
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    China is eyesore to South Asia, they behave improperly
     
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    I think they have a few weapons that could cause them pain. For instance, if they put the DF-21D on these make-shift islands that would massively extend coverage. They could put their S-300/400 replica systems there too. They also have a demonstrated anti-satellite capability that can reach up to 1,000km wrt spy and targeting satellites in LEO orbit.
     
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    China hits back at U.S. criticism over South China Sea 'restrictions' - Yahoo News

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China hit back on Monday at U.S. criticism that it restricts navigation and overflights in the South China Sea amid a festering marine territorial dispute with some of its neighbors.

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    China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei have overlapping claims..

    Freedom of overflights and navigation doesn't mean allowing foreign warships and military jets to violate other countries' sovereignty and security, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement to Reuters on Monday, after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accused China of restricting such movements in the region last week.
     
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