Extending its presence in the South China Sea, France has planned two sea voyages in disputed waters. According to the South China Morning Post, the French Navy has said that it has sent a Port Toulon warship to travel to the Pacific on a three-month mission. These ships will cross the South China Sea twice and take part in joint maneuvers with Japan-US in May.
Last week, France has also deployed a submarine in the South China Sea to reduce Chinese influence at the behest of US President Joe Biden. It is noteworthy that in 2015 and 2017, the French Navy has carried out such missions. His warships passed through the South China Sea. However, analysts believe that the current mission is an indication of France’s presence in the Indo-Pacific region. France deployed a nuclear submarine in the South China Sea last week. He took this step on the appeal of US President Joe Biden to face China’s challenges. China claims almost the entire South China Sea.
At the same time, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihida Suga expressed concern over China’s attitude, saying it was attempting to change the status quo of the East and South China Sea. He expressed this concern at the G-7 meeting. Here, two Chinese ships entered the waters of Japan. Japan has lodged a strong objection to this. These vessels reached the disputed Senkaku Island in the East China Sea. China claims this island.
Relationships with China are not normalizing even after Joe Biden became president in the US. Recently, Biden raised disputed issues in the South Sea, Hong Kong and the Indo-Pacific region in a phone conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Now the United States has expressed concern over the recently enacted Coast Guard Act by China, saying that this will increase regional and maritime disputes in the area.
Explain that China passed a law last month under which the Coast Guard can shell out foreign ships for the first time. Regarding this, the US has said that this law will not only increase territorial disputes, but China can also use it for its illegal claims.