PLA Major General Luo Yuan states that three U.S. ships have formed a full moon blockade against China, the USS Michigan in South Korea, the USS Ohio in India and the USS Florida in the Philippines. He further stated that the US-Korean military exercises have created a new crisis and obstacles and China should counter tit-for-tat for the hostility against China. “The assertion of sovereignty over the South China Seas must be supported by a military presence. Some countries have repeatedly violated the South China Sea code of conduct. They have a one-sided understanding of our proposal to ‘table the dispute and jointly develop the area.’ They thought we had tabled sovereignty, rather than the dispute. Joint development has now become an anti-China one way development.”
Source: People’s Daily, July 19, 2010.