US Warns China of ‘Risky’ Moves in South China Sea

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US Warns China of ‘Risky’ Moves in South China Sea

The United States has warned China of its “risky” moves in the South China Sea, after the Southeast Asian nation reported that Chinese vessels had “swarmed” south of an oil and gas-rich area in contested waters.

The US State Department said on Monday that it was “deeply concerned” by China’s recent behavior, which it said had raised tensions in the region.

“We call on China to cease its provocative actions and to abide by international law,” the State Department said in a statement.

The Philippines has said that the Chinese vessels came within 150 feet of a Philippine ship, which was conducting a routine patrol. The Philippines has also accused China of interfering with its fishing activities in the area.

The South China Sea is a major shipping route and is believed to contain significant reserves of oil and gas. The region is also contested by several other countries, including Vietnam, Malaysia, and Brunei.

The US has been a vocal critic of China’s increasing militarization of the South China Sea. In recent years, China has built artificial islands in the region and deployed military forces there.The US has said that it will continue to sail and fly through the South China Sea in order to assert its freedom of navigation rights.

US says Beijing’s moves ‘risky’ as Chinese ships ‘swarm’ sea

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