Washington: Germany announced that it is despatching its warship for patrolling in the South China Sea. The German warship will leave in August for the South China Sea. The United States welcomed this German decision, taken for the security of maritime interests in the Indo-Pacific Sector, according to international regulations. China has warned that Germany should take care that the countries’ sovereignty and security in this region are not threatened with its patrolling.
The increasing Chinese aggression in the Indo-Pacific sector is facing increasing opposition on the international level. India, the United States, Japan and Australia have opposed the Chinese bullying, underlining the interests of the south-east Asian countries. These countries are appealing that China should respect the international guidelines for marine transport. But China claims that it has rights over the East and the South China Sea.
The NATO member countries also have started sending their warships to the South China Sea to challenge the increasing Chinese aggression. A few months ago, France sent its aircraft carrier Charles De Galle to this sector. British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is reaching the South China Sea in May this year. China has already issued threats opposing the deployment of the British aircraft carrier.
Now, even a German warship will be sailing through this sector in August. A German warship will be patrolling in the South China Sea, for the first time since 2002. Germany is the third NATO country to send its warship for patrolling in the South China Sea this year. The United States welcomed the German announcement.
The US department of state said ‘Establishing peace and stability in this marine sector is in the United States’ interest. The United States is committed to respect the international maritime regulations and security of the freight movement through this sector. Therefore, Germany has taken a major decision to send its warship for the security of the regulations-based interests in this sector.’
China has become extremely restless with this patrolling by the NATO members in the South China Sea. Wang Wenbin, the spokesman of the Chinese foreign ministry, warned that Germany should take precautions not to cause any threat to the Chinese interests under the disguise of this patrolling.