Selava Omar – Xeber24.net – Agencies
US Secretary of Defense “Mark Esper” said his country was preparing for a possible confrontation with China, and Washington demanded that Beijing close its consulate in Houston, while Washington’s ally, Taiwan, said Beijing was stepping up its military readiness to control Taiwan.
The US Secretary of Defense confirmed that the United States “will continue to exist in the South China Sea, and send aircraft carriers there to conduct exercises, and no one can stop that.”
Esber stressed the issue of freedom of navigation in the waters of the region, noting that “his country wants to confront the compulsive behavior of the Chinese in the South China Sea, and that this has been going on for many years, and that we want to secure free navigation there.”
And Esber added”Your are know that 80% of global trade passes through the Pacific and Indian regions, especially across the South China Sea, so we want to make sure that there is free, open and secure navigation, otherwise international trade will be severely affected,” .
The US Secretary of Defense also called for the need for his country’s partners in South Asia to defend their territorial waters, and for China to respect the sovereignty of countries in the region.
In a related context, Taiwanese Foreign Minister “Joseph Wu” said on Wednesday, according to Reuters news agency, that China is intensifying its military readiness to control Taiwan, in the wake of an increase in Chinese military exercises near the island that China considers part of its territory.
“Looking at the long-term trend, it appears that China is gradually stepping up its military readiness, especially in airspace or in waters near Taiwan,” “Wu” told reporters.
“What China is working on now is to continue to intensify willingness to resolve the Taiwan issue, and the threat is increasing,” he added.
And America, in turn, ordered China, on Wednesday, according to Agence France-Presse, to close its consulate in Houston, in a decision which Beijing described as a “political provocation.”