12:02 GMT +325 February 2017
    US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen

    Beijing Accuses US Destroyer of Violating China’s Territorial Waters

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    The patrolling near the Paracel Islands archipelago, conducted by a US Navy destroyer, is unlawful as such action can only be allowed with the permission of the Chinese authorities, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said.

    Earlier, Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said that the US Navy destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur approached the island of Triton Paracel Islands archipelago at a distance of 12 nautical miles in an operation 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.

    “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.

    “The US warship violated China's law, by illegally entering the territorial waters of China,” the statement stressed.

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

    “We urge the US to respect China's laws and do more for the development of mutual trust and stability in the region,” Hua Chunying said.

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

    On Thursday, Hua Chunying said that China continues to adhere to the principle of freedom of navigation and the protection of 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 used the US support to escalate tensions in the region.


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      China will have to fire warning shots at some point. The US is daring the Chinese to sink one these. US did the same thing to Japan before Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and the Philippines.. They were called pop-up cruises
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      In the near future I am sure the Chinese Navy muss give the USA navy a warning and if there do not follow up the RIGHT full demand of China than bring this destroyer to a Chinese habore
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      The destroyer broke the law. Go arrest the destroyer. If the Outlaw US Empire raises any grief, tell them where to put their words.
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      Sink the invader ,,, no warning shots needed
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      Just a gentle hint to the USA, almost everyone who hates you has submarines! Do they have to vanish one of your intruder ships before you take a hint. Everyone will claim someone else did it, even Japan. Give it up! Consider it as part of the downside of being the Worlds largest terrorist nation!
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      Whining will keep the bullyer to repeating the same as i told my son about his older brother do middle finger at him. The more you react, the more he will do, but if you ignore it, after a few times and he will get tire and stop doing it. If US exercise freedom of navigation within 12 miles off China, why complain, do the same freedom of navigation in some of the island with Japan or Phillipin?
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      michaelin reply toyehedgehog(Show commentHide comment)
      yehedgehog, especially if they use us supplied torpedos.:)
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