The United States has criticized China’s military exercises in the South China Sea, but Beijing has ignored the criticism. China says it has conducted military exercises within the country’s sovereign borders.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian made the remarks at a news briefing in the capital, Beijing, on Friday. Earlier, the Pentagon expressed concern over China’s military exercises in the South China Sea.
The Pentagon said in a statement on Thursday that China’s conduct of military exercises in the disputed waters of the South China Sea was provocative. China’s move to reduce tensions and maintain stability in the region would be counterproductive.
In this context, Zhao Lijian said many countries outside the region have traveled long distances to the South China Sea for military exercises and their actions are the main cause of regional instability.
The Chinese spokesman did not name any country in his briefing, but said it was aimed at the United States.
Since July 1, China has begun a five-day military exercise near the Sisa Islands in the South China Sea. Both Vietnam and China claim ownership of the islands.