The US Department of Defense on Sunday denounced what it called “increasingly dangerous” actions by the Chinese military in Asia following two incidents between the forces of the two countries in recent days.
“We remain concerned about the increasingly dangerous and coercive actions of the People’s Liberation Army in the region, including in recent days,” said Pentagon spokesman Pat Ryder, who is attending a security conference with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in Singapore.
These statements come after two incidents between US and Chinese forces in the Taiwan Strait and South China Sea in the past 10 days.
On Saturday, the US Navy accused a Chinese ship of zigzag “dangerously” around one of its destroyers that was sailing in the Taiwan Strait with a Canadian ship.
China did not mention the incident, but accused the US and Canada of “deliberately creating unrest in the Taiwan Strait” in which it claims sovereign rights.
Washington also accused a Chinese fighter pilot of committing an “unprovoked aggressive maneuver” near a US spy plane that flew over the South China Sea on May 26, but the Chinese military said the US plane “intentionally intruded” on a Chinese military training ground. for “reconnaissance operations”.
Concurring with the Pentagon statement, Chinese Defense Minister Li Shangfu warned at a conference in Singapore today Sunday against NATO-style military alliances in the Asia-Pacific region, saying they would plunge the region into a “whirlwind” of conflicts.
Al Mutadhar: AFP