China rejects U.S. accusations of military aggression, asserts sovereignty and territorial integrity

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Wang Wenbin

8th Jun 2023 – (Hong Kong) China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has rejected accusations from U.S. officials regarding the recent activities of China’s military vessels in the Taiwan Strait. At a daily press briefing on Wednesday, spokesperson Wang Wenbin stated that the US understands bullying and intimidation better than any other country in the world. He also added that there is no room for China to concede or back down when it comes to safeguarding its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

In response to the accusations made by U.S. officials, Wang pointed out that last year alone, large US reconnaissance aircraft conducted over 800 close-in flights to spy on China. Additionally, the US sent aircraft carrier strike groups to the South China Sea and nearby areas multiple times, infringing upon the sovereignty of other countries and posing a source of maritime and air security risks and dangers to regional peace and stability.

Wang argued that China’s military response to US provocations is completely justified and lawful, and has nothing to do with “bullying.” When it comes to safeguarding China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, there is no room for China to concede or back down. This is not a case of “bullying” or “intimidation,” but rather China standing up for its principles and its red line.

The ongoing tensions between the U.S. and China have been a source of concern for the international community, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. Both countries have engaged in a series of military exercises and maneuvers, with the US continuing to challenge China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait. China, for its part, has responded by increasing its military presence in the region and conducting its own exercises.