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Pentagon: China military exercises will ‘further destabilize’ South China Sea

SpaceWar.com reports: “The Pentagon said Thursday it was ‘concerned’ about Chinese military exercises around a disputed archipelago in the South China Sea, noting the maneuvers will ‘further destabilize’ the region.

‘The Department of Defense is concerned about the People’s Republic of China (PRC) decision to conduct military exercises around the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on July 1-5,’ the Pentagon said in a statement.

The activities ‘further destabilize the situation’ in the area claimed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan, it said.

Such exercises also violate Beijing’s ‘commitments under the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea to avoid activities that would complicate or escalate disputes and affect peace and stability.’

The declaration, signed by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, said that all parties would ‘avoid activities that would complicate or escalate disputes and affect peace and stability.’…”

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