MANILA: The Chinese Embassy in the Philippines criticised the US for “creating chaos” in Asia after a visiting White House envoy backed China’s conflicts with countries and accused Beijing of using military leverage to pursue its interests.
National security advisor Robert O’Brien underscored the US commitment to Taiwan during a trip to Manila on Monday. He also told the Philippines and Vietnam, countries both locked in maritime rows with China, that we have your back.”
“It shows that his visit to the region is not aimed at promoting regional peace and stability. However, it create chaos in the region in order to pursue the selfish interests of the United States”. The embassy said in a statement released late on Monday.
“The US should “stop inciting confrontation” in the South China Sea and “stop making reckless statements about the solely Chinese internal affairs of Taiwan and Hong Kong,” the statement said.
O’Brien has warned China that if it were to use military force to coerce Taiwan, which China considers as one of its provinces with no right to state-to-state relations. It will face a “backlash.”
Furthermore, on topics from technology and human rights to Chinese maritime militarization. The US and China have been at loggerheads, each accusing the other of intentionally disruptive behaviour.
Moreover, China says that the areas contested by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam constitute 90% of the South China Sea. In 2016, an international tribunal ruled that China’s expansive argument is inconsistent with international law, based on its historical maps.
To demonstrate freedom of navigation there, the US has repeatedly sent warships to the strategic waterway.
“Facts have shown that the US is the biggest driver of militarization,” said the embassy release, calling it the South China Sea’s “most dangerous external factor.”
Lastly, the US Embassy In Manila had no immediate response.
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