US Navy plans to hold naval drill close to disputed islands in the South China Sea

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The exact time and place of the military drills and what ships will take part in it has yet to be reported.

US Navy plans to hold naval drill close to disputed islands in the South China Sea

It is reported that the US Navy plans to hold naval exercises close to the disputed islands in the South China Sea in early April.

After a meeting between Xi Jinping and Barack Obama in Washington during which the Chinese leader warned not to harm China’s sovereignty, the information appeared.

The exact time and place of the military drills and what ships will take part in it has yet to be reported. South China Sea has become a hot place since regional disputes of China with countries such as Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam have been fuelled by the US.

China already has accused that countries such as the Philippines and Vietnam have deliberately used US support to escalate tensions in the South China Sea region.

The Philippines unilaterally challenged China’s claim of the South China Sea in January 2013, using the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea but China categorically rejected the possibility of addressing such issues in an international arbitration court.

However, the South China Sea has become a place of tension between the Chinese and the west.  Several analysts suggested that the US has been backing and influencing the Chinese neighbors to stand against China in order to implement the US policy to contain China.

Every year $5.3 trillion of trade passes through the South China Sea, $1.2 trillion is U.S. trade. More than half of the world’s annual merchant fleet tonnage and a third of all maritime traffic worldwide travel through Chinese waters.

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