South China Sea: U.S. Strategically Squeezing, Says Beijing

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The U.S. is continuing to strategically squeeze China in the South China Sea, claims a new editorial in the Beijing-based Global Times newspaper.

In this photo from Wednesday, June 15, 2016, an F/A-18 Hornet takes off the deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier the USS John C. Stennis during joint military exercise between the United States, Japan and India off the coast 180 miles east of Japan’s southernmost island of Okinawa. The U.S. says at least one Chinese ship tailed the USS John C. Stennis daily during its recent cruise through the South China Sea, although no hostile incidents were reported. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

The U.S. is continuing to strategically squeeze China in the South China Sea, claims a new editorial in the Beijing-based Global Times newspaper. While not being the official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist party (CCP), the newspaper often expresses its views and policies.

The statement was made on Wednesday, discussing a recent standoff between Indonesia and China in the South China Sea. Indonesian warships fired warning shots on Friday at Chinese fishing vessels that were operating within Indonesia’s 200-nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), off the Natuna Islands, northwest of Borneo.

Eleven of the twelve Chinese boats fled to safety but the Indonesian navy captured one of the vessels and detained its seven member crew. Beijing also claimed that one fisherman, not one of the detained crew, suffered injuries from the warning shots and was evacuated to Hainan Island, China’s southernmost point, not counting China’s disputed South China Sea possessions. After the incident both Jakarta and Beijing traded barbs over sovereignty issues and South China Sea claims.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/timdaiss/2016/06/22/u-s-strategically-squeezing-china-in-south-china-sea-beijing-claims/#40b1e9183857

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