The US Navy patrols which sail through the South China Sea territory continue to put a burden on bilateral relations between the two countries.
Washington says their presence in the South China Sea is part of a ‘freedom of navigation’ mission and claims that such operations protect the marine traffic.
Meanwhile, Beijing has denounced the US military presence as a provocation that threatens its territorial sovereignty. Beijing also accuses US militarization of the South China Sea.
China warned that unwanted naval activities could cause accidents. The US, however, alleged that Beijing treats the South China Sea as its ‘China’s maritime empire.’
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