US and China intensify military activity in the South China Sea

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The United States has significantly increased its activity in the Pacific Ocean and in the South China Sea region, in particular. In a situation of permanent conflict with China, aggravated during the coronavirus pandemic, Washington seeks to show its omnipotence and combat readiness.

Having turned into a real threat, the seriousness of which the US president did not believe for a long time, the coronavirus pandemic really angered Donald Trump, who saw in China the reason for his personal troubles threatening to leave him without a second term at the head of the country. The White House seriously said that the coronavirus was produced in Chinese laboratories, informs

Trump threatened China with the termination of all relations if he does not provide complete and truthful information about the beginning and development of the coronavirus epidemic. According to him, if trade relations are broken, the United States will only win about $ 500 billion. Trump will try to play the map of China in this election.

To show who is the boss in the world, the United States is not limited to words. In recent weeks, four B-1 bombers and two hundred personnel from the Dayess military base in Texas have been deployed to the base on Guam Island. Strategic Air Force Commander General Timothy Ray considered it necessary to publicly declare: “We have the ability and ability to provide long-range fire support everywhere, at any time, and a pandemic will not prevent us from delivering overwhelming firepower.”

And the command of the US Pacific Fleet announced that all submarines perform operations “to support the freedom and openness of the Pacific and Indian Oceans in the midst of the pandemic caused by the coronavirus.” It would never occur to anyone to call these steps and words a coincidence.

China, too, is not silent, and through the mouth of the representative of the southern command of the Chinese Liberation Army, “earnestly asks the United States to focus on its own affairs in combating the pandemic and to make a greater contribution to international efforts to tame Covid-19, as well as to immediately stop military operations that undermine regional security and peace.” and stability. ” After all, it’s also important for China to show that the epidemic, which has stopped continuous high economic growth, has not weakened the country at all, and we must reckon with it.

This sharp exchange is very reminiscent of the Soviet-American relations of the Cold War period: both sides are trying to save face and prove, first of all to their peoples, their own invulnerability. Of course, no one is going to fight, but this can not be called friendship even with a big stretch. At least until the end of Trump’s term, such a tense situation will persist.

Recall that in April, the US 7th Fleet missile cruiser Bunker Hill made a call to the South China Sea in the area of ​​the Spratly archipelago (the Chinese name is Nansha), which Beijing considers its own, just a day after a similar maneuver was carried out by another American ship. This was reported on Thursday by CNN television with reference to the representative of the 7th Fleet, Rean Momsen.

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According to Momsen, the mission of the cruiser Bunker Hill “fixed the right to free navigation in the Spratly archipelago in accordance with international law.” Also in April, the American destroyer Barry, whose course ran near the Paracel Islands (the Chinese name is Sisha), entered the South China Sea with a similar task. The People’s Liberation Army of China has already protested against the Barry maneuvers.

The maneuvers of the U.S. Navy in the disputed waters are taking place against the backdrop of growing claims against China from Washington, which believes that Beijing was hiding information about the coronavirus pandemic and is now using the global crisis caused by it to put pressure on neighboring countries.

Territorial disputes in the South China Sea are fought around the Paracel Islands (Xisha), which are claimed by China and Vietnam; as well as the Spratly Archipelago (Nansha), the rights to which are claimed by China, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines. The United States does not recognize China’s right to the Paracel Islands and the Spratly Archipelago and accuses Beijing of militarizing it.

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