US says China’s focus on its South China Sea operations unwarranted


The head of operations of the United States Navy said on Wednesday that its freedom of navigation movements in the disputed South China Sea get more attention than they deserve. The US military said two of its warships sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Monday last week, a move that angered Beijing at a time of tense ties between the world`s two biggest economies.

“(The operations) get more attention in the media and also have, sometimes from China, than they warrant, to be honest,” John Richardson told reporters on the sidelines of a maritime defence conference in Singapore.

China claims most of the energy-rich waters through which trillions of dollars worth of ship-borne trade passes every year. Neighbours Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Read More

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