Freight movement under threat because of Chinese military movements in the South China Sea

Third World WarWashington:  Admiral Philip Davidson, Commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command, warned ‘China has increased military movements in the South China Sea with the deployment of destroyers, fighter and bomber jets. Therefore, the international freight movement from this marine region is under threat.’ Admiral Davidson also announced that despite whatever efforts are made by China,the United States would continue to remain the permanent superpower in the Pacific region.

The tension between China and the United States is increasing over the South China Sea. The Armed Services Committee of the US Congress also has expressed concerns regarding the increasing military movements in this marine region. Senator Tom Cotton, a member of this committee, issued a warning to China while talking to a US news agency. Senator Cotton accused China of making efforts to spark a conflict in the region by militarisation of the South China Sea.

While the tension in this marine region is on the rise, Senator Cotton criticised the Mutual Defence Treaty signed between the United States and the Philippines. He also questioned Admiral Davidson regarding the Chinese military movements in the South China Sea. In reply to the query, Admiral Davidson said that the Chinese army movements, in the region, have visibly increased, in 2018. Admiral Davidson said ‘As compared to the previous years, the Chinese deployment of destroyers, fighter jets and bombers has increased and this is very threatening.’

The Indo-Pacific Command chief reminded that China is increasing its defence strength. Admiral Davidson also claimed that China might increase the deployment of destroyers, fighter jets and bombers to any level, but no one can challenge the supremacy of the United States in the Indo-Pacific region. Admiral Davidson also said that the United States would remain the permanent superpower in the Pacific region.