WORLD US not contemplating South China Sea drone strikes, says defense secretary

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US not contemplating South China Sea drone strikes, says defense secretary

China Daily

16:46, October 29, 2020

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. (Photo: Agencies)

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has said US media reports that the United States is contemplating drone strikes on Chinese islands in the South China Sea go against the fact, Ministry of National Defense spokesman Senior Colonel Wu Qian said on Thursday.

Wu said Esper had clarified the issue via military diplomatic channels.

"The US side said it has no intention of creating a military crisis with China," Wu said, adding the US side had also said it was willing to build stable and constructive Sino-US military-to-military relations by creating necessary mechanisms to reduce risks, enhance dialogue and carry out cooperation in areas of mutual interest.

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