US warships again challenge Beijing's claims in South China Sea

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US warships again challenge Beijing's claims in South China Sea

(CNN)The United States sailed two warships close to disputed islands in the South China Sea on Monday (Sunday night, ET), a move that is bound to draw the ire of Beijing.

The guided-missile destroyers USS Spruance and USS Preble sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Spratly Islands as part of what the US Navy calls a "freedom of navigation operation."

The operation was carried out "to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law," Cmdr. Clay Doss, a spokesman for the US Navy's 7th Fleet, told CNN.

"All operations are designed in accordance with international law and demonstrate that the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows," Doss said, adding "that is true in the South China Sea as in other places around the globe."

Monday's operation was the second in the South China Sea reported by the US Navy this year. In January, the destroyer USS McCampbell sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Paracel Islands.

Shortly after that operation, China accused the US of trespassing in its territorial waters -- and said it had deployed missiles "capable of targeting medium and large ships."

"The US action violated the Chinese laws and international laws, infringed China's sovereignty, damaged regional peace, security, and order," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at the time. "China will take necessary actions to protect state sovereignty."

In late September, the USS Decatur also sailed within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson reefs in the Spratly Islands as part of a similar freedom of navigation operation.

During that operation, a Chinese destroyer came within 45 yards of the US warship, forcing it to maneuver to avoid a collision. The US labeled the Chinese warship's actions unsafe and unprofessional, while Beijing said the US was threatening the safety and sovereignty of China.

The US has accused Beijing of installing missiles and other military hardware on the disputed islands.

"There's been sort of a steady increase," Adm. John Richardson, the US Chief of Naval Operations, told reporters earlier this month when asked about China's militarization of the area.

"The weapons systems have been getting increasingly sophisticated so it's something we're watching very closely," he added.

"We've got big interests there so we're going to remain there," he added, noting that about a third of the world's trade passed through those waters.


  • art727art727 Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Yang sinasabing walang laban sa china ang Pinas at mamamatay lang ang Pilipino sa labanan...tama yan..pero kapag nagbanggaan ang USA at China o Russia..patay ang lahat ng tao sa buong mundo dahil ito ay labanan na ang gamit ay Nuclear War Material.hindi pababayaan ng Amerika ang pilipinas gaya ng pagaalaga nila sa Japan ..kaya hindi dapat matakot ang mga pinuno ng pamahalaan..

      Noong nandiyan pa ang base ng amerikano sa Pinas walang makadikit na ganyan ng kahit sino pa man dahil sasalubungin agad sila ng mga eroplano ng US mawala ang mga Base..Ano ang nangyari ngayon?
  • art727art727 Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Kapag nagkaroon .NUCLEAR WAR?..sabi nga ng isang kapitan ng submarine ng Amerika..ang ikinatatakot daw niya ay ang hindi ang pakikipagdigmaan..kung kanino mang bansa.

         Ang ikinatatakot lang daw niya ay kapag lumutang na sila sa ibabaw ng dagat ang tanging makikita niya ay ang kapitan din ng isa pang submarine ng ibang bansa (Russia) pero lahat ng nilalang sa buong mundo ay patay na..sila lang at mga submarine crew ang buhay..Kaya sa palagay ba ninyo gugustuhin ng Russia at China ang magkaganon?..katatapusan na ng ang nuclear war na may radioactive na palagay ang life o buhay ng element ay 200 years? mawawala lang ito matapos ang half 100yrs para bumalik sa normalidad ang magkaroon ulit ng buhay.. 

  • art727art727 Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Kaya yung sinasabi ni Digong na hindi niya isusubo ang pinas dahil mamatay lang silang lahat kapag kinalaban ang China...Kaso! ngayon ang bumibira ay ang US at ang ipinagtatanggol ay ang ibang umaangkin din sa South China Sea..kesehoda ang Pinas na nagsasawalang kibo na lang..Kaya kapag nagkarambulan? ang unang mawawasak na bansa ay Pinas. dahil malapit ito sa pinagaagawang isla..Hindi kayang pagbawalan ni Digong ang Amerika dahil siya at iba pang presidenteng nakaraan ang nagsimula na hayaan ang China na makapagtayo ng isang base ng militar.
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    US warns PH of China threat in South China Sea

    MANILA -- China's island-building and military activities in the South China Sea "threaten" the Philippines' sovereignty and security, the United States' top diplomat said Friday, as he assured Manila that an "any armed attack" would prompt Washington to act under a 67-year-old Mutual Defense Treaty.

    Beijing has build massive structures on reefs claimed by the Philippines in the waterway, where $5 trillion worth of trade passes annually. The construction proceeded despite Manila's win before a United Nations-backed arbitration court.

    As an island nation, the Philippines depends on free and unobstructed access to the seas. China's island-building and military acts in the South China Sea threaten your sovereignty, security and therefore economic livelihood, as well as that of the US," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a joint press conference with Philippine Foreign Affairs Sec. Teodoro Locsin Jr.

    "As the South China Sea is part of the Pacific, any armed attack on Philippine forces, aircraft or public vessels in the South China Sea will trigger mutual defense obligations under Article 4 of our Mutual Defense Treaty," Pompeo said.

    Washington's top diplomat added, "Our commitments under the treaty are clear. Our obligations are real. The South China Sea is certainly part of an important body of water for freedom of navigation," he said.

    Locsin said calls to review the Mutual Defense Treaty would require "further thought." He said there must be a "sincere desire" between the two parties "to help and be helped."

    "My own view, it is a dynamic exchange that's going on in government, my own view is no... In the old theory of deterrence, in vagueness lies the best deterrence. How do you flesh out that vagueness? In repeated assurances by the United States that in the event act of aggression is committed against the Philippines, I don't believe going down into the details is the way the sincerity of the American commitment will be show," he said.

    "They will respond depending on the circumstances but we are very assured, we are very confident that the United States in the words of Sec. Pompeo and in the words of Pres. Trump to our President: We have your back," he said.

    President Rodrigo Duterte refused to flaunt Manila's victory before the Permanent Court of Arbitration and instead sought to repair economic and diplomatic ties with China.

    The ruling was handed down a few months after Duterte took over from former President Benigno Aquino III, who initiated the arbitration proceedings.

    During Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to the Philippines last November, Manila and Beijing entered into a memorandum of understanding to "arrive at an agreement" on gas in the disputed waters.

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