US official: China's actions straining ties with United States

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

May 16, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The United States sent a strong warning to China, a nation embroiled in a territorial dispute with the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea.

A senior U.S. official who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity says China’s provocative actions in the disputed areas are straining ties with the United States.

“This is raising some fundamental questions for us about China’s long-term strategic intentions,” the U.S. official said.

The Philippines has slammed China’s recent actions on the disputed Mabini Reef where China is reportedly building an airstrip.

“It is an infringement of our sovereignty,” Philippine foreign affairs spokesman Charles Jose.

Meantime Chinese Chief of Defense Gen. Fang Fenghui faced the media in a Washington, DC press conference yesterday.

Fenghui says that on issues concerning their territory China will not budge and warns that China has the means to back up its words with actions.

“We do not make trouble,” Fenghui said. “We do not create trouble. But we are not afraid of trouble on issue that relate to sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

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  • Kikay Pang0
    16 May 2014 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    I like the attitude of Gen. Fenghui … Not intimidated and not afraid of showing his Fang

    • Benito Sy
      18 May 2014 at 3:57 pm - Reply

      May be you’re a communist? Hope not! You forgot that you’re Fililpino. You’re not patriotic to your country., that’s not good. To cherish an enemy is an absolute defiant of your alliance to the flag and country. In America this behavior is a grave treat and felony which place you behind bar.

  • Mario
    18 May 2014 at 1:31 am - Reply

    Building a military outpost with airstrip and pier, to accomodate attack helicopters, fighter jets, cargo supply ships and submarines. Onced this garrison is finished it will be defended with missiles and hundreds troops. Then oil exploration will follow, Oil drilling rig will move-in. US will continue to send strong words to China, but their ultimate objective to to sell military hardware to PH gov’t. China had already move-in their oil drilling rig on Vietnam disputed area. America still sending strong words doing nothing.

  • Pepe
    18 May 2014 at 2:07 am - Reply

    “Strong words” to China, from America. palabas lang yaan. VPJoe Biden son, is the new adviser, partner of Ukraine oil/Gas corp. That is the reason why US stage a coup d’etat on the elected President of Ukraine. Obama’s croonies are grabbing oil business because this is their last term. Hindi ba puwedeng mangyari kung ka partner ang Obama croonies sa oil exploration nang China all over Asia. Gumising kayo….. Vietnam ang first target dahil sa Russia sila bumili nang Sukhoi-35 at maraming armas, hindi sa America. Sa PH nakabili na tayo nang 2 barko from US then fighter jet from Korea, joint venture with US corp.

  • juan
    18 May 2014 at 5:10 am - Reply

    Tension rioting in Vietname at the China Embassy because of China oil rig moving-in to the disputed island. Many were wounded on Chinese owned factories and chinese local citizen are being targetted. Ganyan ang Pinoy pag dumating ang Chinese oil rig. Kawawa at pagpatayin nang mga Pinoy all over the country ang lahing instik. Mangyayari yaan.

  • JRB
    18 May 2014 at 9:05 am - Reply

    Funny what go around will come back, The Americans had a military base in the Philippines in 1939? And guess what World War 11 started and now they have a military base again in the Philippines and now it’s trouble with China we have to watch? Look out don’t play to hard with China, because they can handle the U.S. And we in America have to spend our taxes money to help the Philippines. When Obama can you keep your big nose out of other country problems? I think Philippines has power to take care of they own problems?