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U.S. To Blame If Any South China Sea Clash - Chinese Message

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U.S. naval operations in the South China Sea could spark conflict and the United States would be to blame if a clash occurred, a Chinese military researcher said on Wednesday. The warning came as Chinese and U.S. trade teams ended talks in Beijing that have raised hopes an all-out trade war could be avoided, but fears remain that strategic tension between two countries are growing. “Both countries warships definitely have to come into close proximity and it’s easy for there to be a misunderstanding or an error of judgment, even a collision,” Zhang Junshe, a researcher at China’s PLA Naval Military Studies Research Institute, told reporters. According to Reuters, since Trump took office, there have been 14 incidents of U.S. Navy vessel entering waters that China claims to carry out what the U.S. military calls freedom of navigation operations, Zhang said. China claims almost all of the South China Sea and denounces the United States and its allies over naval operations near Chinese-occupied islands. Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia and Taiwan have competing claims in the region.
 

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All international waters must be freely available for travel. China should join the U.S. and others in defending free travel.

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Where have I seen this before? It’s like deja vu, all over again :)

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Control of South China Sea is not just control of other countries, it's a control of resources and China knows that very well...

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"It is no secret there are operations in the South China Sea - important to assert the freedom of all nations on its rim upon that seaway" - Admiral Philip S. Davidson, Commander, US Indo-Pacific Command. Old story, new episode...

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SCS is  one of the most "hotly" contested areas of the world and without a doubt, it could be the epicenter of the next global conflict if it's not handled properly

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