The United States will continue to be present in the South China sea, said Esper
The United States will continue to be present in the South China sea, to send aircraft carriers to exercise, and no one can stop it, said the Minister of defense mark Esper.
The US aircraft carriers "Nimitz" and "Ronald Reagan" July 17, resumed its exercises in the South China sea.
"We want to resist the Intrusive behavior of the Chinese in the South China sea. This has been happening for many years... We want to ensure that there is free navigation. You know that 80% of world trade passes through the Indo-Pacific region, particularly through the South China sea. So we want to ensure that there has been provided a free and open navigation, otherwise it will greatly affect international trade," said Esper at the online press conference.
He also noted that US partners in South Asia needs to protect its territorial waters, and China - to respect the sovereignty of countries in the region.
"As for the American carriers... They were sent to the South China sea since the Second world war. And we will continue to be there, and no one can stop us... We will continue to hold exercises", - said the head of the Pentagon.
Previous teachings of the US aircraft carriers "Nimitz" and "Ronald Reagan" held July 4-5, then the exercise was also attended by the strategic bomber Boeing B-52 Stratofortress. The US military traditionally said that the exercises are designed to show the US commitment to stability in the Indo-Pacific region. The official representative of the Chinese foreign Ministry Zhao Lijiang, commenting on the doctrine, stated that Washington regularly tries to undermine peace and stability in the region and to drive a wedge in the relations of regional countries.