'We Will Fight To The End:' China Responds To Trump's Trade Measures

The USS Carl Vinson, the US Navy's nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier pulls into port in Danang

Neither the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs nor the Chinese Ministry of National Defense immediately responded to a request for comment. The spokesperson of US Pacific Fleet, Lt Cmdr Nicole Schwegman also said that the US would continue to do the same in the future as well.

The United States has been pushing allies to carry out freedom of navigation operations as well.

The other nations which have conflicts with China regarding territory in the South China Sea are Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines. "The Chinese military is firmly opposed to it". The Air Force has also conducted heavy bomber flights over the disputed South China Sea. China has territorial claims to about 90 percent of the South China Sea, which has put it at odds with its neighbors.

It is believed similar dynamics were at work in the latest intervention by PetroVietnam, which is likely to be seen by China as a significant victory as it indicates Vietnam has not changed its strategic calculations despite a recent show of force by USA naval ships in the South China Sea, including a visit by American aircraft carrier USS Vinson and its escort vessels to Danang earlier this month. "All operations are designed in accordance with global law and demonstrate that the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever worldwide law allows".

To reinforce its position, Beijing has reclaimed land and constructed military assets on a series of reefs in the Spratly and Paracel island chains in the South China Sea.

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On Friday, the Chinese Navy announced it would hold live fire drills in the South China Sea at an undisclosed date and location.

"This is a routine annual planned arrangement for the navy, the aim of which is to test and improve the military's training level and to fully raise the ability to win".

Two Chinese frigates "took immediate action" and "warned off and dispelled" the USS Mustin, according to China's defence ministry. "It is not aimed at any specific country or target", the newspaper added, without elaborating. "And what changed is the United States stopped paying attention", Michael Fuchs, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, told CNN in December.

Asked to comment on the operation, the US military said its activities are carried out under worldwide law and that American forces operate in the region - including the South China Sea - on a daily basis.

The announcement came after Taiwan's Defense Ministry said Wednesday that it had dispatched jets and ships to shadow a Chinese aircraft carrier group that sailed through the Taiwan Strait in a southwesterly direction, apparently into the South China Sea.

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