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A Chinese spokesman wonders whether the US wants ‘chaos’


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The USS George Washington in the South China Sea. (Official U.S. Navy Imagery / Flickr)

The Chinese Defence Ministry called out the US for militarizing the much disputed South China Sea by holding patrols and joint military drills there. They were angered by the US navy and air force forays into the area it claims as its own.

The Chinese government has been asking the US to not take sides in the international maritime dispute but president Obama has said, repeatedly, he will use international law to help Asian nations resolve the dispute, even after China started building artificial islands in the region. That move sparked US criticism and they asked China to stop reclaiming the land and militarizing the disputed region.

To counter the Chinese government, the US started holding drills with the Philippines, one of the countries involved in the conflict. This prompted another backlash from China with a thinly veiled criticism by Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun in a news briefing.

"What they are doing can't help but make people wonder whether they want nothing better than chaos."

The US has also urged the European Union to support it against China's claims. This move also came ahead of next week's security meeting in Malaysia which will be attended by Southeast Asian foreign ministers along with John Kerry, the US secretary of state.

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A Chinese spokesman wonders whether the US wants ‘chaos’

Anugya Chitransh

Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.

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