US is planning naval drills with India and Japan in Philippines Sea
WASHINGTON: US is planning to hold naval drills with Japan and India in the waters of northern Philippines Sea near the South China Sea .
Head of the US Pacific Command Admiral Harry B. Haris claimed that freedom of navigation is a right of all the nation and US will hold naval exercises in northern Philippines Sea.
He said “While some countries seek to bully smaller nations through intimidation and coercion, I note with admiration India’s example of peaceful resolution of disputes with his neighbours in the waters of the Indian Ocean .”
The announcement came after the China’s militarization of the South China Sea .
China has deployed advanced missile defence system and fighter jets in the South China Sea at Woody Island.
China controls the Paracel Chain while some regional countries also claim for it.
China claims the most of the South China Sea and through which $ 5 trillion trade passes every year.
US also announced to hold naval exercises with India in the South China Sea .
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said “We hope the cooperation of relevant countries will benefit regional peace and security, and not harm the interests of third parties.”