Agencies have accused the United States of having “ulterior motives” behind sending aircraft carriers to the South China Sea and its military.
“The situation in the South China Sea is stable,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, but noted that “the United States aims to raise problems between Beijing and Southeast Asian countries.”
Lijian added: “The United States deliberately sent naval pieces to conduct large-scale exercises in the South China Sea, with the aim of showing their muscles… We believe they have ulterior motives.
The United States creates a division between countries in the region, and it is militarizing the South China Sea”.
The US move comes days after China began military exercises launched last Wednesday, and will continue until next Sunday near the disputed Paracel Islands.
For his part, US Admiral James Kirk said: “They saw us and we saw them… The contacts with the Chinese ships were without accidents”.
He added: “We expect that we will always have professional and safe communications.
We work in some very crowded waters and a lot of shipping traffic of all kinds”.
The training conducted by the US Navy is one of the largest in recent years, and it is rare for the main American and Chinese military exercises to take place in the region at the same time.