US military commander says China pushing South China Sea claims under cover of COVID-19

US military commander says China pushing South China Sea claims under cover of COVID-19

Channel NewsAsia - Asia·2020-06-05 18:05

TOKYO: China is using the coronavirus as a cover to push territorial claims in the South China Sea through a surge in naval activity meant to intimidate other countries that claim the waters, the commander of United States Forces in Japan said on Friday (Jun 5).

There has been a surge of activity by China in the South China Sea with navy ships, coast guard vessels and a naval militia of fishing boats harassing vessels in waters claimed by Beijing, said Lieutenant General Kevin Schneider.

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