After Donald Trump took over as the US President, the South China Sea (SCS) issue seems to be getting aggravated. In a new development, China has issued a warning to the United States, asking the country to stay away from South China Sea. China’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Hua Chunying, spoke at a press conference in Beijing today, saying, Washington needs to act carefully “to avoid harming the peace and stability of the South China Sea”.
Hua was responding to recent allegations made by the White House that China was attempting to take over the South China Sea. The new US government, led by Donald Trump, does not want to give China a free hand in SCS and wants to challenge Beijing’s control over the strategic waterway. China’s claims to the South China Sea are opposed by many neighboring countries such as Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, etc.
On Monday, White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, had said that US will do everything it can to protect its interests in the resource-rich trade route. He said that nearly $4.5tn (£3.4tn) in trade passes each year through the South China Sea. Earlier, Rex Tillerson, US Secretary of State, had issued an explosive statement by saying that China’s activity in South China Sea was similar to “Russia’s taking of Crimea”. China had replied that any attempt to stop China in SCS would increase the risk of a large-scale war.