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Offbeat UPDATE 1-Philippines expresses "serious concern" over Chinese bombers in disputed South China Sea

08:16  21 may  2018
08:16  21 may  2018 Source:   reuters.com

China air force lands bombers on South China Sea island

  China air force lands bombers on South China Sea island China's air force has landed bombers on islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of a training exercise in the disputed region, it said in a statement. "A division of the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) recently organized multiple bombers such as the H-6K to conduct take-off and landing training on islands and reefs in the South China Sea in order to improve our ability to 'reach all territory, conduct strikes at any time and strike in all directions'," it said in the statement issued on Friday.

BEIJING, China – Countries in Southeast Asia have " serious concerns" over recent events in the disputed South China Sea , an unusually strongly worded communique issued by their foreign ministers in China said Tuesday, June 14.

China ’s air force has landed bombers on islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of a training exercise in the disputed region Washington warned Beijing would face unspecified “consequences” over its militarisation of the South China Sea , and said it had raised the issue with China .

FILE - In this May 9, 2018, file photo, Philippine and U.S. Marines storm the beach during an amphibious landing exercise at the two-week joint U.S.-Philippines military exercise dubbed © AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File FILE - In this May 9, 2018, file photo, Philippine and U.S. Marines storm the beach during an amphibious landing exercise at the two-week joint U.S.-Philippines military exercise dubbed "Balikatan 34-2018" at the Naval Education and Training Command in Zambales province which is facing the South China Sea in northwestern Philippines. U.S. and Philippine forces began their largest annual military exercises since President Rodrigo Duterte came to power with a vow to scale back America's military presence in the country. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File) The Philippines expressed "serious concerns" over the presence of China's strategic bombers in the disputed South China Sea and its foreign ministry has taken "appropriate diplomatic action", the spokesman of President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday

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  Beijing denies 'militarisation' of South China Sea Beijing hit back at allegations it was "militarising" the South China Sea on Monday after landing bombers at an airbase in the contested waters, instead accusing Washington of increasing tensions with its own military footprint. China on Friday for the first time landed several combat aircraft -- including the long-range, nuclear strike-capable H-6K -- at an island airfield in the sea, triggering international concern.The move prompted immediate criticism from the US, with a Pentagon spokesman condemning China's "continued militarisation of disputed features in the South China Sea".

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China's air force said bombers such as the H-6K had landed and taken off from islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of training exercises last week, drawing angry reactions from opposition lawmakers in Manila. The United States also sent ships to the disputed areas.

The Philippines could not independently verify the presence of Chinese bombers in the South China Sea, said presidential spokesman Harry Roque.

"But, we take note of the reports that appeared and we express our serious concerns anew on its impact to efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region," Roque told a regular media briefing at the presidential palace.

The Department of Foreign Affairs in the Philippines said it was monitoring developments.

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  The U.S.-China Confrontation Takes On a New Dimension If China’s intentions in the South China Sea weren’t quite clear, this month should have removed doubt. Taken individually, China’s actions might indicate a geopolitical game of chicken wherein Beijing tests its neighbors over territory they too claim to see the limits of their tolerance. But taken together, it’s clear China is showcasing its military strength over all area it claims as its own—international opinion be damned. And why not? Previous actions have drawn little more than regional hand-wringing and disapproval from the U.S.

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The Chinese air force has landed long-range bombers on an airstrip in the South China Sea for the first time, a move likely to further fuel concerns about Beijing’s expansive claims over the disputed region.

"We are taking the appropriate diplomatic action necessary to protect our claims and will continue to do so in the future," it said in a statement.

"We reiterate our commitment to protect every single inch of our territory and areas which we have sovereign rights over," the statement said.

However, the foreign ministry stopped short of condemning China's action, which Washington said could raise tensions and destabilise the region.

China claims almost the entire South China Sea, a strategic waterway through which about $3 trillion worth of sea-borne goods passes every year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have conflicting claims in the area.

China has built seven artificial islands in the Spratlys group in the South China Sea and turned them into military outposts with airfields, radars, and missile defences.

Beijing says its military facilities in the Spratlys are purely defensive and that it can do what it likes on its own territory.

Roque said the Philippines has also reassured the United States it was not abandoning 70 years of security alliance after several senior officials met last week with U.S. Pacific Command officials in Hawaii.

Filipino lawmakers have criticised President Rodrigo Duterte for not confronting China in preference for his attempts to win China's friendship, despite a favourable ruling Manila received over the disputed waterway from an arbitration court in the Hague in 2016.

Duterte has said he would not risk a confrontation with China and has reiterated his openness to undertaking joint exploration and development in waters believed to be rich in oil and natural gas. (Reporting by Manuel Mogato Editing by Paul Tait and Michael Perry)

Philippines' Duterte Threatens War in South China Sea .
Duterte has recently faced criticism for his silence about China's increasingly aggressive posture in the disputed waters.Duterte's National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon said that the Philippines will always pursue diplomacy to defuse tensions, but that it would also be prepared to enter a conflict should their military forces be provoked or hurt. “The other night, the president said if his troops are harmed, that could be his red line,” Esperon told reporters on Wednesday, quoted in Reuters.

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