In the latest of the ongoing ‘cold war’ between China and the United States, a Chinese official has demanded the US to stop its “provocative actions” in the West Philippine Sea after American warship destroyer USS John McCain was spotted sailing near the Paracel Islands, a part of the disputed waters China is illegally claiming as its territory.
The People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) Southern Theatre Command said that the actions of the USS John McCain was “dangerous.”
The command’s spokesman, Senior Colonel Zhang Nandong, accused the US of trespassing in China’s territorial waters, and urged the US to control its operations in the area.
“Beijing would take all necessary measures to safeguard its national sovereignty and security, and maintain peace and stability in the region. We urge the US side to immediately stop this kind of provocative action,” the PLA statement said.
The US-China relations have been tainted over various factors, the recent of which is US’s involvement in the Indo-Pacific sea row to back countries that have been victims of China’s bullying and aggression over disputed waters in the said region.
US President Donald Trump has also been targeting snide remarks to Beijing and Chinese President Xi Jinping over China’s alleged lies concerning COVID-19, a disease which stemmed from Wuhan City in China’s Hubei province.