Recently, the U.S.-based magazine The National Interest published an article reporting that the U.S. military is considering deploying artillery systems in the South China Sea. Chinese military experts, in an interview with CCTV, stated that the U.S. deployment of an artillery system in the South China Sea can improve the U.S. and the Philippines’ military strike capability in the South China Sea. The U.S. is militarizing the South China Sea. This will lead to regional instability.
Ruan Zongze, executive vice president of the China Institute of International Studies, said the U.S. and the Philippines have signed a new 10-year defense cooperation agreement to strengthen the U.S. military presence in the Philippines. The Philippines has opened its doors to the United States in five military bases. It is worth close attention whether a new U.S. artillery system will be deployed in the Philippines.
Ruan Zongze pointed out that the United States has now succeeded in turning the South China Sea into an exhibition field for its weapons. A variety of weapons will come on the stage in turn. It is the United States, not others, who is militarizing the South China Sea. The United States frequently sends ships and planes to the South China Sea to conduct close surveillance of other countries. What’s more, the U.S. is also gradually strengthening its armed forces deployment in the South China Sea military bases. Now it wants to introduce artillery systems. This will undoubtedly cause unrest in the region.
Source: People’s Daily, May 24, 2016