Published on Feb 1, 2016
China has accused the United States of seeking maritime hegemony in the South China Sea in the name of freedom of navigation. The Foreign Ministry also blamed the US for the militarization of the South China Sea. The US Defense Department has said that the move was aimed at challenging efforts to restrict freedom of navigation. China and its neighbors have been locked in territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Beijing has repeatedly asked Washington to stay out of the row.