Russia and China have forged an alliance against the American and Western hegemony and this is visible in Beijing’s stance on the South China Sea, says an American analyst.
“China is concerned about American influence in East Asia,” Keith Preston, director of attackthesystem.com, told Press TV on Sunday.
“China I think now is trying to counter that, trying to counter the American influence somewhat and create a defensive perimeter of its own,” he added.
The US accuses Beijing of conducting a massive “land reclamation” program through building artificial islands in the South China Sea, saying that China’s man-made islands could further militarize the region.
Washington does not recognize China’s sovereignty in the area and is weighing options to test its territorial claims.
China, however, insists it has sovereignty over nearly all of the South China Sea and accuses Washington of meddling in the regional issues and deliberately inciting tension in the region.
The US plans to send warships or military aircraft within 12 nautical miles of China’s artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, possibly within days, Reuters reported on Saturday.
Chinese Foreign Ministry officials said this month that Beijing would “never allow any country to violate China’s territorial waters and airspace in the Spratly islands.”
Beijing’s policies concerning the region represents its growing influence ensued from its alliance with BRICS countries specifically with Russia, Preston said.
BRICS refers to an association of five major emerging economic powers: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
“China is working to strengthen its relationship with Russia for example, as one of the other major Asian powers, and I think both nations, Russia and China, view each other as important allies in countering American and Western hegemonies,” the analyst noted.
Preston added that aside from likely military purposes, the Chinese want to maintain access to seaports and shipping lanes in the disputed waters to deter a possible “American naval blockade.”