Meanwhile, China’s declaration of the zone in the East China Sea has not led to a “significant” increase in interactions between its forces and US military planes flying in the area, the head of the US Pacific Command said yesterday.
There continues to be “professional” interactions between the two sides in the zone, US Admiral Samuel Locklear said during a conference call with reporters yesterday.
The US does not recognize the zone and has not changed its operations in the area, he said.
“We haven’t seen a significant change in those interactions since the establishment, or the reported establishment, of the air defense zone by the Chinese,” he said.
“So the good news is that military forces are acting professionally as we interact in these areas,” he added.
The US and China will continue to pursue opportunities to develop military relations and the US has invited the Chinese navy to participate alongside about 20 countries in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise this summer in Hawaii, the admiral said.
“I have it on good authority that they’re coming,” and India is also considering participating, he said. “These are confidence-building military measures that help us prevent miscalculation and help us to move forward peacefully.
Additional reporting by Bloomberg