Drills will take place the same week that China complained about a group of US aircraft carriers navigating the waters.
China said on Tuesday it would conduct military exercises in the South China Sea this week, just days after complaining that a group of U.S. aircraft carriers had crossed disputed waters.
A notice issued by the country’s Maritime Safety Administration banned entry into part of the waters of the Gulf of Tonkin west of the Leizhou Peninsula in southwest China from January 27 to January 30, but did not include details of when the exercises would take place. or on their scale.
The USS Theodore Roosevelt led a group of ships into the South China Sea on Saturday to promote “the freedom of the seas,” the US military said, days after Joe Biden began his term as president.
China claims sovereignty over the entire sea on the basis of its historic “nine-point line” and has asserted itself increasingly in recent years, building military bases on rocky outcrops and deploying its guards. coasts and its maritime militia. The waters are also claimed by coastal states – Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei – as well as Taiwan – and have become another flashpoint in the difficult bilateral relationship between Beijing and Washington as the U.S. military has stepped up its efforts. activities at sea.
China complained on Monday that the United States’ move to “flex its muscles” was not conducive to peace and stability in the region.