South China Sea (SCS)

Signal of intent

The United States, in step with its partners and allies, is going to hold China "accountable" in the region. Furthermore, it will press Beijing to follow the rules on a range of issues, notably the contentious South China Sea. The world awaits a response from China.

Maritime tensions

Kim Yo-jong's warning is, therefore, directed at both Washington and Seoul not the least in the context of the US and South Korean joint military exercises under way in South Korea.

Other nations should join India in repulsing China

These actions indicate that Chinese aggressiveness remains unabated and it continues evaluating reactions from adversaries, seeking an opening to exploit. The US has moved the USS Theodore Roosevelt- led carrier group into the SCS to caution China.