Washington DC: China is adopting a coercive behaviour towards its southeast Asian neighbours, US National Security Adviser John Bolton has said.
Bolton tweeted: “Respect for sovereignty and freedom of navigation are fundamental to the Indo-Pacific vision shared by the United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). China’s coercive behaviour towards its southeast Asian neighbours is counterproductive and threatens regional peace and stability”.
His tweet comes amid reports of a large-scale standoff between Chinese and Vietnamese vessels in the South China sea. Media reports said Vietnam has demanded China to remove an oil exploration ship from disputed waters near the Spratly Islands.
It may be noted that the United States and China are at loggerheads over military deployment in the Indo Pacific region.