The United States and the Philippines have expressed concern about the stationing of military ships in the South China Sea

The Chinese Liaoning aircraft carrier in the South China Sea (Reuters)

United States Secretary of State, Anthony BlinkAnd his Filipino counterpart Theodore Luxen, in a telephone conversation, expressed their “common concerns” about “Chinese maritime militia ships” are stationed in the South China Sea.

This was stated by a US State Department spokesman, Ned Price, who specified that Blinken and the Philippine foreign minister had warned against focusing on the Whitson Reef.

“Both of them reiterated their call to Beijing to abide by the 2016 arbitration award issued in accordance with the Convention on the Law of the Sea,” said Price.

Blinken also reaffirmed the applicability of the 1951 United States-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty. To the South China Sea.

Likewise, the two sides welcomed the “enhanced bilateral and multilateral cooperation” in the region, said the spokesman.

The United States has increased its military presence in the South China Sea, In the middle of the Beijing’s increasingly aggressive maneuvers In that strategic region of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Between Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, a multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS McCain Island And amphibious transport ship USS San Diego Sail through The Strait of Malacca, As evidenced by the satellite data obtained South China Sea Strategic Status Research Initiative (SCSPI), a Beijing-based organization.

File from the file: The US Navy and the Royal Australian Navy in the South China Sea on April 18, 2020. Photo taken on April 18, 2020. Nicholas Huynh / US Navy / Post via Reuters
File from the file: The US Navy and the Royal Australian Navy in the South China Sea on April 18, 2020. Photo taken on April 18, 2020. Nicholas Huynh / US Navy / Post via Reuters

Sailors USS McCain Island They also perform ‘Live fire exercise’The US command in the Indo-Pacific region tweeted on Thursday, along with a hashtag calling for “the free and open Indian Oceans region.”

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The amphibious ship was recorded after a group of aircraft carriers led by Dr. USS Theodore Roosevelt He trained with Malaysia on Tuesday and Wednesday.

According to SCSPI, the guided missile destroyer USS Mostyn It was also operating in the East China Sea on Saturday. Likewise, the US destroyer USS John McCain It passed across the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday.

In response, China deployed the aircraft carrier Liaoning from Miyako Strait Off southwestern Japan to conduct “scheduled exercises” near Taiwan.

Publishing sometimes happens when Beijing is showing fewer and fewer concerns about revealing its intent to seize almost the entire South China SeaIt is a strategic sea lane believed to have valuable oil and gas reserves, which it also claims TaiwanAnd FilipinoAnd BruneiAnd Malaysia, Japan And Vietnam. An international court in 2016 ruled so The Chinese claim has no legal basis.

Years ago, China entered into a territorial dispute with Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines over several islands located in the South China Sea. Important hydrocarbon reserves have been discovered on the continental shelf of these islands, especially in the islands of Sheesha (Paracel Islands), Nansha (Spratly Islands) and Huangyan (Scarborough Reef).

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