The U.S. Navy plans to regularly petrol in the disputed South China Sea according to Reuters News. America plans to conduct another passage near disputed islands in the South China Sea in early April under what it calls the “freedom of navigation” exercises. Also U.S. Navy officials have said they plan to conduct more and increasingly complex exercises in the future.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told Reuters on Saturday that China opposed any such exercise.
“China consistently respects and supports the freedom of navigation and fly over that all countries enjoy in the South China Sea under international law, but resolutely opposes any country using so-called ‘freedom of navigation’ as an excuse to damage China’s sovereignty, security and maritime rights,” Hong said.
However U.S. Navy ships regularly patrol the South China Sea, because more than $5 trillion of world trade travels every year through that region. China claims most of the area, so do countries like Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and Taiwan who are also staking legitimate claims.
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