China conducts military exercises in the area of the disputed islands in the South China Sea in accordance with its original sovereign right and does not accept criticism of these actions from the United States, which is the main destabilizing factor in the region.
“The Chinese Armed Forces conduct military exercises and have the right to do so, since they are subject to national sovereignty,” he stressed at a briefing. – Moreover, some countries that do not have any territories in the South China Sea are choosing this area for large-scale maneuvers, trying to demonstrate their military power. They should be considered the main destabilizing factor. “
As the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China clarified, the Paracel Islands (Sisha Islands), which are contested by other states from China, are “the original Chinese territory,” there is absolutely no wrangle on this issue. Earlier, the US Department of Defense expressed concern about the decision of the PRC to hold military exercises near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea from July 1 to 5. According to a widespread statement, the Pentagon is “monitoring Beijing’s actions,” which “are destabilizing the situation.”
The Paracel Islands and the neighboring Spratly (Nansha) archipelago have remained the cause of a multinational regional conflict for many years. The main persons involved in the dispute over these territories and the waters surrounding them are Vietnam and China, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines also claim their partial or full claims on the islands.