Some buoys have been installed west of the Manila Trench, which has the potential to generate a tsunami event in the South China Sea
China says that it is open to hold bilateral talks with Manila to discuss South-China sea disputes
China unilaterally established an ADIZ over a disputed region of the South China Sea in December 2013, demanding all aircraft submit flight plans when traversing the zone.
China drew condemnation from Japan and the United States when it imposed its ADIZ, in which aircraft are supposed to identify themselves to Chinese authorities, above the East China Sea.
Kerry says the US doesn’t take sides on competing claims. He says no country should move unilaterally to militarize the resource-rich region.
India’s defense minister goes on to say that the economy and prosperity built upon unstable region will not flourish.
Ashton Carter said the US will work with all Asia-Pacific nations to ensure these core principles apply just as equally in the vital South China Sea as they do everywhere else.
The United States and its allies have expressed growing concern over the Asian giant’s military buildup, as well as its increasingly assertive posture in the South China Sea.
China has been angered by what it views as provocative US military patrols close to islands China controls in the South China Sea.
China began tourist cruises to the South China Sea on a trial basis in 2013
Indonesia is not embroiled in the rival claims with China over the South China Sea and has instead seen itself as an “honest broker” in disputes between China and the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei.
Beijing swiftly launched a stinging broadside against the G7 — Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US — which it said should not pursue ‘selfish interests’.
Washington and Hanoi have been drawn closer together through their mutual concern at Beijing’s increasing assertiveness in the sea.
“After checking with the relevant authorities what US said is not true,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.
The incident comes a week after China scrambled fighter jets as a US Navy ship sailed close to a disputed reef in the South China Sea.