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Vietnam Halts Oil Project In South China Sea

Vietnam Halts Oil Project In South China Sea

However, a majority of the sea is claimed by China - an area which acts as a key trade route as well as is believed to hold large quantities of oil and natural gas.

It said two Chinese Navy ships "took immediate action to identify and verify the U.S. ship, and warned and dispelled it".

The US has been pushing its allies to carry out freedom of navigation operations as well.

Previously, Beijing had termed such moves as "provocative", but neither China's foreign nor defense ministries have responded to it now.

Earlier this year, Britain said one of its warships would pass through the South China Sea to assert freedom of navigation rights.

China said the entry of the American guided-missile destroyer named USS Mustin in the contentious waters was a "serious political and military provocation" and it was also "warned off" by two Chinese vessels. "The Chinese military is firmly opposed to it".

However, China has denied these claims and has voiced opposition to the Navy's operations in the South China Sea. "All operations are designed in accordance with global law and demonstrate that the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever worldwide law allows".

The US has criticized China's construction of islands and buildup of military facilities in the sea, and is concerned that they could be used to restrict free nautical movement. "(We are) firmly opposed to such flaunting of force and promotion of militarization in the region by the United States, which could easily trigger accidents at sea and in the air", it said in a statement at the time.

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China's navy will carry out combat drills in the South China Sea, the military's official newspaper said on Friday, describing the move as part of regular annual exercises.

It said the drills are "a routine part of the navy's annual training plan" meant to boost troops' training and hone their combat capabilities.

The drills do "not target any particular country", the report added.

Washington took a counter dig at Beijing over the latter's man-made islands in the South China Sea - some of which have military bases and weapons.

But the ongoing nuclear crisis in North Korea and a distracted U.S. government under President Donald Trump has diverted attention from the area, allowing the Chinese government to tighten its hold.

The US military has a longstanding position that its operations are carried out throughout the world, including in areas claimed by allies, and they are separate from political considerations.

The announcement came after Taiwan's Defense Ministry said Wednesday that it had dispatched jets and ships to shadow a Chinese aircraft carrier group that sailed through the Taiwan Strait in a southwesterly direction, apparently into the South China Sea.

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