Beijing has repeatedly insisted that its military installations in the South China Sea are of a “defensive” nature and are primarily used for scientific research and maritime safety programmes.
The US is using “rules-based global order” rhetoric in order to maintain its “bullying” and “hegemonic behaviour”, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said in a statement on Tuesday.
He additionally touched upon the ongoing US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan as an example of Washington’s “selfish” foreign policy. The pullout led to the Taliban* significantly increasing its military activities in the country, which culminated in the insurgents seizing the capital Kabul on 15 August and declaring “the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” shortly thereafter.
Harris Bashes Beijing Over S. China Sea
Wang’s statement comes after US Vice President Kamala Harris lashed out at Beijing over its drive to claim more South China Sea territories, also pledging Washington’s support for American its allies in the region.
In a major foreign policy speech in Singapore on Tuesday, Harris argued that “Beijing continues to coerce, to intimidate, and to make claims to the vast majority of the South China Sea” and that “Beijing’s actions continue to undermine the rules-based order and threaten the sovereignty of nations”.
She was apparently referring to a UN arbitration against Beijing’s territorial claim to the so-called “nine-dash line” covering most of the South China Sea, initiated by the…