The US formulates its interests in the South China Sea as “protection of order, keeping of regional security (including the safety of allies) and freedom of navigation”. But in fact, the main goal of the US is full control over the region.
The US regularly provokes China, sending its military ships to the South China Sea to implement its plans. On August 11, 2017, the US Navy destroyer John S. McCain passed near the Mischief reef of the Spratly Islands, carrying out an "operation of freedom of navigation". The reaction of China's defense ministry followed immediately. "We strongly urge the United States to immediately correct its mistakes and stop provocations under the pretext of the so-called "freedom of navigation," the statement said.
Also, a harsh statement was made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC. "The US ship violated the laws of China and the relevant norms of international law, grossly violating the sovereignty of the PRC, undermining peace, security and order in these waters," the statement said.
China noted that thanks to the joint efforts of the PRC and ASEAN countries, tensions in the South China Sea were reduced. "In this context, some foreign forces are going against the stream and are trying to introduce disorder into the situation, the stabilization of which was given by great difficulty. This demonstrates who does not really want to maintain stability in the South China Sea," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang.
However, the Pentagon promised to hold similar actions further to "protect the freedom of navigation". Missile destroyer of the US Navy "Chafee" entered the Chinese territorial waters near the Paracel Islands on October 10. The Ministry of Defense of the PRC emphasizes that this provocation was an infringement of China's sovereignty and security, damaged mutual trust between the two armies and stability in the region.
Despite repeated appeals by China to the US to stop provocations, US ships regularly patrol in the disputed areas of the South China Sea. The US calls such actions "operations to ensure freedom of navigation." The likelihood that the US will stop provocations in the South China Sea is extremely small, since this region is on the line of the largest international cargo transportation and has a strategic importance.