The US has strongly refuted the Chinese claim that what it is doing in the disputed South China Sea is akin to the US’s deploying of defense facilities in Hawaii, saying no other country has a claim on Hawaii.
“There is no other country that has a claim on Hawaii. But yet when you consider the land features in the South China Sea, there are a variety of overlapping territorial claims that a variety of countries have made on those features,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Monday.
Earnest’s remarks came in response to Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying who on Monday said China was doing in the South China Sea what the US does in Hawaii.
“China deploying necessary national defence facilities on its own territory is no different from the US deploying defense facilities on Hawaii,” Hua said.
Recognising that Chinese government may have disagreement about the claims made by other countries, Earnest said that is precisely the reason the US believes all the parties should resolve their differences about this matter in a way that does not provoke a military confrontation.