South China Sea: China pushes back on U.S., ally naval drills

by ian

China is pushing back against naval exercises conducted by the U.S. and its allies in the South China Sea.

China stepped up air and sea patrols yesterday while the U.S., Australia, Japan and the Philippines held joint military drills. China said afterward, “All military activities that disrupt the South China Sea and create hotspots are under control.”

The major shipping route is the site of frequent territorial disputes between China and its neighbors, as China claims it owns the sea. The U.S. and its allies dispute that claim.

The Pentagon says the South China Sea will be a main topic later this week as the White House hosts the first trilateral summit with Japanese and Filipino leaders.