Saturday, January 30, 2016

China Claims U.S. Destroyer Was ‘Driven Off’ From Disputed South China Sea Island

Washington Free Beacon: Pentagon Conducts Warship Passage Near Disputed Island

China claims U.S. destroyer ‘driven off’

A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a second transit near a disputed South China Sea island claimed by China and two other nations, the Pentagon announced Saturday.

China’s Defense Ministry denounced the warship transit and said its forces had forced the destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur out of the area.

Pentagon spokesman Cmdr. Bill Urban said the freedom of navigation operation by the Wilbur took place Saturday near Triton Island in the Paracel Islands chain in the northern part of the sea “to challenge excessive maritime claims.”

“This operation challenged attempts by the three claimants, China, Taiwan and Vietnam, to restrict navigation rights and freedoms around the features they claim by policies that require prior permission or notification of transit within territorial seas,” Urban said in a statement.

The Wilbur, a guided missile destroyer, passed within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island.

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China urges U.S. not to undermine mutual trust -- Xinhaunet
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Beijing Protests US Sail-By in South China Sea -- VOA
China Strongly Condemns US for Sending Warship to South China Sea -- Sputnik
China Strongly Condemns US for Sending Warship Near Island -- NYT/AP


Don Bacon said...

"Western memory tends to be short-lived and highly selective, and Western society rarely recalls that troops from several Occidental nations and Japan once occupied China's cities, while U.S. warships, patrolled China's rivers. We may have forgotten these events, but the Chinese have not; the national collective memory of the "century of shame" is never far from the surface in that country's dealings with foreign nations." --Naval History Magazine - February 2000 here

China sees these incursions by western warships as threatening its national security.

Unknown said...

Building bases on artificial islands in international seas is fine......

fazman said...

Yep you are correct

Jay Farquharson said...

Yup, everbody with claims in the area does it, Malaysia, Japan, Vietnam, Phiilipines, Indonesia, China, South Korea, Brunai,