China’s Chengdu J-20 stealth fifth-generation fighter jets carried out training over the sea the first time, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported on May 9.
Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) spokeswoman Shen Jinke stated that air force fighters and bombers drills over the South China Sea are aimed at developing security of the country:
“It will help the air force better fulfill its sacred duty of safeguarding China’s sovereignty, security and territorial integrity.”
Chinese air force spokesman Shen Jinke was quoted by state media as saying that air force fighters and bombers had…
The Chinese military drills were held amid the US-Philippine joint military training. According to Singapore newspaper The Strait Times, about 180 Filipino and US 160 marines participated in amphibious landing exercises.
On May 3, US and Philippine forces launched their largest joint military exercises under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. According to Philippine officials, the exercises were the part of the annual Balikatan military training focused on developing skills in fighting terrorism, chemical attacks and disaster response.
As the tensions in the South China Sea are growing, the so-called “trade war” between China and the USA is continuing.
On May 3, the US delegation arrived in Beijing to carry out 2-day talks with Chinese officials on trade issues. Without being acknowledged with any details of these negotiations, two world powers announced about the second round of talks.
On May 7, Sarah Sanders pointed out that the trade talks would continue in Washington next week to come clear in these economic issues.
On May 8, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang described the US statement over the second round of talks as a “positive signal”.
However, the spokesman for Chinese Ministry of Commerce Gao Feng stressed that China wouldn’t change its stance in the economical negotiations, Reuters reported on May 10:
“The United States must put away its threatening stick. China’s position has not changed and will not change.”
Trade tensions raised on April 3, when Washington published a list of 1,333 Chinese imports with worth about $50 billion, for punitive tariffs of 25 %. On April 5, the US President Donald Trump stated the readiness to increase the tariffs up to $ 100 million. On April 6, China promised to respond with the same measures to the USA.