US Cab­i­net pick faults China in hear­ing

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Wed­nes­day as seek­ing self-iso­la­tion in the re­gion.

In re­sponse, For­eign Min­istry spokesman Lu Kang told re­porters on Fri­day that cer­tain coun­tries out­side the re­gion still can­not let go of their ill-founded per­cep­tions and are them­selves “in­creas­ingly iso­lated” though they say that about oth­ers.

This month, the Philip­pines of­fi­cially stated its plan of not putting the South China Sea is­sue into the agenda of ASEAN meet­ings it will host later this year.

Liang Fang, a pro­fes­sor of naval stud­ies at PLA Na­tional De­fense Univer­sity, said that as other coun­tries in­volved in the South China Sea dis­putes have re­turned to bi­lat­eral talks with Bei­jing, “the US will not eas­ily let this go, and it will at­tempt to show its mus­cles and in­flu­ence in the re­gion again later this year”.

Washington’s strat­egy of con­tain­ing China will not be changed, and “its trou­ble­mak­ing moves in the wa­ters there will only get tougher,” Liang said.

It is pos­si­ble that US war­ships and mil­i­tary air­craft will again in­trude on the ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters and airspace of the Chi­nese is­lands in the sea, and, China, in re­sponse, should main­tain its ships and planes in com­bat readi­ness, Liang added.

Zhang Tu­osheng, di­rec­tor of the re­search depart­ment at the China Foun­da­tion for International and Strate­gic Stud­ies, noted that an­i­mos­ity against China’s ris­ing mar­itime strength dies hard among the US and its al­lies such as Ja­pan, and it will con­tinue to pose a se­cu­rity dilemma for China.

While Bei­jing should never em­bark on a mar­itime arms race with Washington, China will have to tackle “its in­suf­fi­cient re­search and use of international law, par­tic­u­larly international mar­itime law”, Zhang said.

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