Friday, November 22, 2019

China Furious At U.S. For U.S. Warships Sailing Through Disputed Waters

Furious China Shadows Two US Warships Sailing Through Disputed Waters, Warns Them To Leave

China is again furious after the US sailed several warships through the heavily disputed waters in the South China Sea, military sources told Reuters.  The move by the US has escalated tensions between both countries, already tense as the latest round of trade talks have fallen apart, and the signing of the phase one trade deal has likely been delayed

The USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10), an Independence-class littoral combat ship, on Wednesday sailed within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef, a militarized island in the South China Sea operated by China. 
Then on Thursday, USS Wayne E. Meyer, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, sailed through the Paracel islands in the South China Sea. 
"These missions are based in the rule of law and demonstrate our commitment to upholding the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea and airspace guaranteed to all nations," Commander Reann Mommsen, a spokeswoman for the US Navy's Seventh Fleet, told Reuters.
China's People's Liberation Army shadowed the two US warships as they both transited through the disputed waters, and "warned them to leave." China's military warned the US has to stop sending warships near its militarized islands to "avoid the happening of any mishap." 
"The US has kept sending naval vessels to stir up trouble in the South China Sea under the pretext of freedom of navigation," a statement from the Chinese military, with the Southern Theatre Command said. "We call on the US to stop such provocative acts to avoid the happening of any mishap."

China's Foreign Ministry Geng Shuang, at a press briefing on Friday, told reporters, "the US actions severely damage China's sovereignty and safety, destroy the peace and stability in the South China Sea, and we express our resolute opposition."  

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