"Sadly, somewhere in Washington, D.C. a tiny group of insiders is itching for a war with China and Russia," warned McKinney, a former Democratic member of the US House of Representatives from Georgia and Green Party presidential candidate.
In the article, entitled, 'What is America doing in the South China Sea?' the former Congresswoman wrote that "Both the Russians and the Chinese know that Washington has declared war on them. So now, what does this mean for Asians' engagement with each other and Washington’s engagement in Asia?"
China's vision for Asia, including the New Silk Road initiative, envisions a peaceful integration of the region, according to McKinney, but the US blocks Asian-led efforts at integration with provocations such as sending "a steady stream of warships into the area claiming its right to navigate on the high seas," McKinney wrote.
On Friday Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hun Lei responded to a statement from Admiral Harry Harris, commander of US Pacific Command, who said on Thursday that the US would ignore a possible declaration from China of a Chinese Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the South China Sea.
"I would find that destabilizing and provocative," Harris said.
"We would ignore it, just like we’ve ignored the ADIZ that they’ve put in place in the East China Sea."
"However, a fallacy, repeated a thousand times, will not turn into truth. Facts are facts. China's reasonable deployment of limited defense facilities in the South China Sea is not 'militarization,'" Hun Lei said, denying the US claim.
"As for whether China will declare an ADIZ, it depends on whether China's air safety is threatened. The current situation in the South China Sea is generally stable. We hope that the US military would stop playing up the issue of the South China Sea, stop hyping up tensions and stop showing off military might in the South China Sea," Hun Lei said.