The United States is planning to conduct more intensive military maneuvers in the South China Sea either alone or in collaboration with its regional allies.
China urged the Philippines on Tuesday to stop hyping up Chinese fishing boats sheltering from the wind at Niu'e reef so as to avoid any negative effect on bilateral ties as well as to preserve peace and stability in the South China Sea.
A Chinese military spokesperson on Thursday urged certain members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to stop stirring up troubles in the South China Sea.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying on Thursday refuted U.S. allegations of militarizing the South China Sea and undermining the international system.
The Chinese military is urging countries outside of the South China Sea to stop making trouble in the region, Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang, spokesman of the Ministry of National Defense, said in a news briefing on Thursday.
Some European countries are adopting a more high-profile and unhelpful stance on the South China Sea issue.
After Joe Biden took office as US president, he quickly reversed the Trump administration's policies on climate change, immigration and other issues. Even the US policy on China has changed to some extent.