14:55 GMT +319 February 2017
    Littoral combat ship USS conducts routine patrols in international waters of the South China Sea

    US Warship Sails Near Disputed Island in S China Sea Escalating Tensions

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    The USS Curtis Wilbur destroyer has sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island, an island claimed by China in the Parcel Islands chain in the South China Sea.

    According to an unnamed Pentagon official, a US Navy destroyer approached the island in an operation aimed at the protection of freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, The Wall Street Journal reported.

    The “operation for the defense of freedom of navigation” is a series of maneuvers by the US Navy warships against ‘excessive’ maritime claims, according to Washington.

    The US Navy sent the Curtis Wilbur on patrol, without telling anyone about the beginning of the operation, the publication added.

    According to the official, the patrols lasted for about three hours; no Chinese Navy ships in the area were reported.

    In October 2015 the United States sent a destroyer to the South China Sea near the disputed Nansha Islands (Spratly), which China considers its own. China's Foreign Ministry protested to the United States, saying that these actions violated the sovereignty of China.

    The US said that it will continue to sail everywhere international law permits. Such a statement demonstrated that the US does not recognize China's sovereignty over the islands.

    Similarly, US Pacific Commander Harry Harris remarked that the United States will continue to challenge China's position in the South China Sea. He also said his personal view is that “those islands do not belong to China,” according to media reports.

    Chinese defense ministry spokesperson said Thursday that China's sovereignty over the islands in the South China Sea and their adjacent waters have an adequate historical and legal basis.

    “It is China's consistent position to resolve disputes with countries directly related through negotiations and consultations. Peace and stability in the South China Sea should be protected by China and ASEAN,” the publication China Daily reported.

    “We do not need countries outside the region finger-pointing on this issue, let alone making any ignorant remarks,” Yang Yujun, the ministry's spokesperson said.


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      Wait until China begin a Freedom of nav. operation and begin a mess. Russia told them VERY clear. "you doing a good job of creating a dragon"..
      NATO didn't catch it then.
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      Where is Captain Kidd when you need him? This is a job for the "skull and crossbones" crew. And, no, I am not talking about the nefarious Yale University conspiracy club, "SIT DOWN, BUSH!"
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      marcanhaltin reply tocast235(Show commentHide comment)
      cast235, I keep saying that, and send a flagship right up the Potomac. George did it, so take a page right out of our history books. Oops! The OLD history books!
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      He personally believes... lol. Is that sea called South USA Sea or South China Sea? I reckon ignore, ignore, ignore, and if they come too close warn and destroy, and then quote Erdogan.
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      This is just another vile display of arrogance.
    • If they are caught they'll have the same fate caught in Iranian waters. A big fear.
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      What those no good Chongs are doing is not right and you all know it to. How about if Turkey builds an artificial sand bar 12.1 miles off one of your Black Sea ports and proclaims solvency over any and all mineral rights. This about oil theft, the very same thing ISIS & Turkey are doing in Syria and Iraq. China is stealing natural resources from the Philippines and Vietnam, this is a flagrant violation of the international maritime laws. Russia should have naval units down on that sand bar to rattling the slant eyes cages like the US navy is doing.
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      vendorin reply tobuckwheatisback(Show commentHide comment)
      buckwheatisback, where are these so called natural resources, please? At the bottom of the ocean. And, if there are any, how possibly the Philis and Viet-congs would extract it?

      I reckon China should build another Chinese wall right there in the middle of the ocean. Even better, free all 100 million of the Chinese prisoners from every prison, arm them with a 1kg of rice each, let them swim across the Pacific to invade the USA for their personal freedom and immunity from any prosecution from the ruling party and the government.
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      And who could see as surprise? How many times they have done this and China just can't do anything, really. Every week you see on the media that China have made a new weapon, new this new that but no one see them use them to protect they sovereignty. They can make whatever they want but if they don't use it, it is s point less. China should look at Russia and learn something now or never. Russia use to talking, talking and did not acting, and I used to say here, if you just keep talking and not acting, you never get anywhere. Now you see the difference, when Russia start to really showed what they can do, the US back down. NATO goes after weak nation, I told this here many time but the leader of countries doesn't seem to see that; if you show weakness, they bole you if you give a slap of the face on the fist time they try, then, they back down. North Koreas seemed to has leant this long time ago, they talk tough and let be intimidate by anyone. Now you just imagine if we could put the North Korea leader to run China, would you think the US will get even near the South China sea?
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