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China Once Again Calls on US to Cease Maneuvers in S China Sea

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China has accused America of violating Chinese territorial waters by patrolling near the Paracel Islands archipelago, conducted by a US Navy destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur.

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The destroyer approached the island of Triton in the Paracel Islands archipelago at a distance of 12 nautical miles. According to Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis, the move was aimed at the protection of freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.

He added that the operation was a provocation to China, Taiwan and Vietnam, who according to the US are trying to limit the rights and freedom of navigation.

“An incursion by a US warship in Chinese territorial waters on Saturday is the latest attempt by Washington to return tension to the South China Sea and encourage more regional stakeholders to challenge China,” wrote China Daily.

Zhang Junshe, a senior researcher at the PLA Naval Military Studies Research Institute, said that the situation was stabilizing before the latest outspoken remarks and intrusion by Washington. One of the US’ goals is to bring back tension in the region.

“In the long run, Washington still defines the South China Sea issue as a tool to contain China,” Zhang added.

According to Hua Chunying, the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the Chinese side took appropriate action against the American ships in accordance with the law, taking it under surveillance and alerting the crew.

“According to the relevant provision of Law of the People’s Republic of China, any foreign warships entering the territorial waters of China must obtain permission from the Chinese Government,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry reported Hua Chunying as saying.

On Wednesday, the head of the Pacific Command US Navy Admiral Garry Harris said that the US insisted on the need to respect international rules of freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.

China and some countries in the region — Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines disagree over maritime boundaries and areas of responsibility in the South China and East China seas. China believes that a number of countries such as the Philippines and Vietnam consciously have used US support to escalate tensions in the region.

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  • Jet fuel can't melt steel beams
    China is talking but one day it will put an end to that blatant violation.
  • backfromthegraav
    US american Aggresion wil come to an end one day .... and the tables will be reversed !
  • cast235
    the idea of U.S is to play the protectorate of those that can be convinced that they will actually close the water way. This will create a sphere of influence in return, the will see U.S dominate in weapons sales and what not. Including the use of ENGLISH.

    But there IS an example.
    A religious guy gets bullied all the time. he is scared. then FORCED to either fight or flee.
    Somehow he finds confidence, maybe in the same religious context and studies. Everyone interprets religion it's own way.
    NEXT you know he learn to fight. in many ways. out of fright. Next you know he may send the bullies with a bloody nose. Then the bully is no more.
    Or he become bad and learn to use same tactics.
    NATO is doing HORRIBLE mistakes.
  • Andreas Koppa
    And if the Pentagon insists. What China will do?
  • Jet fuel can't melt steel beamsin reply toAndreas Koppa(Show commentHide comment)
    Andreas Koppa, I guess China will respond strongly....or act the same way near hawaii
  • peaceactivist2
    On this issue, one side want to show who is in control while the other want to move an inch to a new territory. Both are equally quilty on the issue. Now just a matter of time where we are going to see fire crackers flying over the ocean sky. One side is buying friends in the area with lots of money and military hardwares while the other sides is keeping her treasures tightly at home. I should live long enough to see how this issue resolved!
  • Andreas Koppain reply toJet fuel can't melt steel beams(Show commentHide comment)
    Jet fuel can't melt steel beams, Nah, it's not the same. Hawaii is undisputed US territory and the Paracel archipelago is disputed territory, despite of the fact that it's occupied and controlled by China. Anyway, let's see if that ever happens.
  • Jet fuel can't melt steel beamsin reply toAndreas Koppa(Show commentHide comment)
    Andreas Koppa, Yes. China is restraining itself mostly (i guess) because they want to recreate the silk road so one step at a time.
  • michael
    I wonder how heir patience will last.
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