Military Tensions Between China And US Heat Up In Dispute Over South China Sea Islands

Saturday, June 25, 2011
By Paul Martin

The Intel Hub
By Alexander Higgins – Contributing Writer
June 25th, 2011

Tensions are heating up between the US and China over disputed islands in the South China Sea as China warns the US to stay out of the dispute.

The US has responded by launching a joint military exercise aimed at pushing back against the growing control China has in the area.

While this story is not even being mentioned in the US corporate media, it is currently the top story on Asian news sites.

NHK reports:

China warns US to stay out of sea dispute
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai has urged the United States to stay out of territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

[...] Cui stressed that the US is not a claimant state in the dispute so it’s better for it to let the countries involved deal with the issue.

Cui added that China has no intention of getting into a military conflict with the other countries, including Vietnam.

Last week, a senior Vietnamese official discussed the matter with US officials during a trip to Washington.

Observers say China is wary that US intervention could prompt Southeast Asian nations to take a tougher stance in negotiations.

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