Home China China, US Agree To Manage Maritime Risks Through Continued Dialogue

China, US Agree To Manage Maritime Risks Through Continued Dialogue

maritime, China, US, South China Sea

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said China and the US held consultations on maritime affairs. Officials said that in the dialogue both countries agreed to maintain and manage risks.

China said both sides exchanged views on the maritime situation, agreed to maintain communication, and avoid misunderstandings.

China asks US to stop intervening in maritime disputes

The foreign ministry said China expressed serious concern over the US’s infringement of and provocations in nearby waters. It urged Washington to refrain from intervening in maritime disputes between China and its neighbours.

The ministry added that the US should immediately stop supporting and condoning “Taiwan independence” forces.

China warns US to not take sides in South China Sea dispute

The US maintains direct interactions with Taiwan and sells arms to them which China opposes. China has also urged the US to not take sides in the South China Sea (SCS) disputes.

Nitin A Gokhale WhatsApp Channel

This comes after Washington extended a security deal with the Philippines in March to include attacks on the Southeast Asian nation’s coast guard.

The Philippines have opposed Chinese aggression in the South China Sea. Earlier, this month, Manila called in a Chinese diplomat to express their protest against the use of water cannons by Beijing on Filipino ships in the South China Sea. Manila labelled the actions as harassment and “dangerous manoeuvres.”

Phillippines lodges protest with Chinese envoy

The foreign ministry reported that China’s deputy chief of mission heard the Philippines’ 20th protest of the year, and one of 153 lodged by the current administration, regarding the actions of China’s coast guard and fishing vessels. Manila alleges they are militarised.

With inputs from Reuters