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West’s warnings neutralized, Beijing announces new naval exercises in South China Sea

China’s New Naval Exercise In South China Sea: China will conduct naval exercises in the South China Sea on Saturday. The Chinese Maritime Authority has made this announcement. Beijing has announced this exercise after a US warning about China’s growing military and economic presence in the region stretching from the South China Sea to the Pacific Islands. The exercise will take place at sea less than 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) off the coast of Hainan province in southern China. The Maritime Safety Administration warned on Thursday that an area of ​​about 100 square kilometers would be closed to maritime traffic for five hours.

China regularly conducts similar exercises in the waters off its shores, with exercises scheduled in another area of ​​the sea near Hainan next week. Along with this, many exercises are to be done on the east coast of the country. However, Beijing is facing increasing warnings from the United States and its Western allies over its naval ambitions.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday accused Beijing of escalating tensions over Taiwan. Let us tell you that China claims Taiwan as part of its territory. “Beijing engages in activities such as increasingly provocative rhetoric and flying PLA aircraft near Taiwan on an almost daily basis,” Blinken said in a speech referring to the People’s Liberation Army. He also called for efforts to balance China’s “intention to reshape the international order”.

After a verbal spat between Beijing and Washington following Blinken’s remarks, President Joe Biden’s promise to protect Taiwan during a visit to the region infuriated China.

China in return has vowed to defend its national interests on Taiwan and warned Washington not to make the mistake of “underestimating” Beijing’s resolve and capabilities on the issue.

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