Monday, 26 August, 2019

China strongly dissatisfied by USA warships entering South China Sea

President Donald Trump gestures near Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the White House President Donald Trump gestures near Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the White House
Deanna Wagner | 12 February, 2019, 02:28

The Chinese side immediately conducted verification and identification on the USA ships and warned them to leave, said the spokeswoman.

"We conduct routine and regular freedom of navigation operations as we have done in the past and will continue to in the future", he said.

Well Mark... the USS Spruance and USS Preble conducted what the U.S. Navy called a freedom of navigation operation within 22 kilometers of the Spratly Islands on Monday.

Monday's operation was carried out "to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by worldwide law", Commander Clay Doss, a spokesman for the US Navy's 7th Fleet, said. Clay Doss, a spokesman for US 7th Fleet.

Beijing sharply criticised the operation.

Beijing lays claim to most of the energy-rich South China Sea, overlapping with several of its neighbours, including Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, and Taiwan.

'China has indisputable sovereignty over islands in the South China Sea, including the Second Thomas Shoal, Mischief Reef, and the adjacent waters, ' Hua said.

The two warships entered China's territorial seas around the Nansha Islands without permission from the Chinese government, ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily news briefing.

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China's claim was largely discredited by an global arbitration tribunal three years ago, but Beijing has rejected the ruling.

The Chinese military has since bolstered its presence in the region through deploying surface-to-air missiles, anti-ship missiles, jamming technology, and other defence systems to Chinese-occupied territories. In January, the destroyer USS McCampbell challenged China's claims to the Paracel Islands.

China then accused the United States of trespassing, and Chinese media announced it had deployed a "far-reaching anti-ship ballistic missile", the DF-26, that was "capable of targeting medium and large ships".

China claims nearly all of the strategic South China Sea and frequently lambasts the U.S. and its allies over naval operations near Chinese-occupied islands. The US labelled the Chinese warship's actions unsafe and unprofessional, while Beijing said the US was threatening the safety and sovereignty of China.

The US Navy, however, has stressed that it's not going anywhere.

Preliminary discussions by lower-level officials were to be held, before US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin step in for the main event on Thursday and Friday.

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