On October 27, 2015, the USS Lassen destroyer approached the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, causing a diplomatic standoff between Beijing and Washington. China said the incident was a violation of its sovereignty, while US officials said the move was intended to ensure freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.
In his column for The American Conservative, veteran commentator Pat Buchanan warned that before rushing headlong into the territorial dispute over the islands in the South China Sea, Washington must consider very carefully what its vital interests are, adding that the best way to challenge Chinese expansion is economic pressure, not militarism.
China’s Naval Commander, Admiral Wu Shengli, has warned the US Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson, that any “dangerous, provocative acts” of the US Navy could spark war in the South China Sea.
The United States and China must minimize the feasibility of blunders in the sovereignty dispute over islands in the South China Sea that could possibly lead to a conflict between them, experts told Sputnik on Thursday.
Australia on Thursday said it will go ahead with live-fire naval exercises with China, even after close ally the United States sent a warship into the disputed South China Sea this week.
China issued a statement asserting that it would take all necessary measures to safeguard its sovereignty and security after a US guided-missile warship passed close to what Beijing regards as its islands in the South China Sea, Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said Thursday.
China's state media mocked President Obama over the US warship maneuvers in the South China Sea, as the country's netizens called for outright military action.
The US demonstrative patrol in the South China Sea has been a topic of debate amongst many analysts, with many suggesting what it could lead to; however Scott Cheney-Peters, founder and Chairman of the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC), has explained why the move is unlikely to change the situation in the area.
The commander of the US Pacific Command, Harry Harris, will visit China next week after the incident with a US destroyer entering disputed waters in the South China Sea, local media reported Thursday.
A Chinese arms dealer and a Chinese-American businesswoman tried to acquire illegally an F-35 fighter jet engine and an MQ-9 Reaper drone for the Beijing government, US media reports said on Wednesday.
Washington’s aggressive decision to sail in waters claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea certainly angered officials there. But for the Pentagon, the controversial move came far too late, stalled since May by the White House.
The US government protests its national security interests by sailing a guided missile destroyer in close proximity of Beijing’s artificial islands, and rejects the claim it was an inflammatory act, State Department spokesperson John Kirby said on Wednesday.
A French warship docked in a Chinese port Tuesday to start an extended visit to China's naval fleet in the South China Sea, where disputed territorial claims have ignited a row between Beijing and Washington.
The US policy strategy in the South China Sea has been a topic of debate amongst many analysts. According to Lyle J. Goldstein the main problem with ‘America’s abundant South China Sea hawks is that many don’t actually admit that they are hawks.’
The US deployed the USS Lassen warship close to the artificial islands in the Spratly archipelago and it apparently plans to send more despite a clear warning from Beijing, which claims sovereignty over the area.
The United States pushed the boundaries of soft power when USS Lassen sailed close to the artificial islands in the Spratly archipelago, and now Washington is apparently planning to send more ships despite a clear warning from Beijing, who claims sovereignty over the area.
Chinese leadership should exercise "wisdom and determination" in reacting to the US Navy patrolling its guided missile destroyer within waters considered sovereign Chinese territory, a newspaper said in an opinion piece.
According to US State Department Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP) spokesperson Katrina Adams comments on the US-China contacts after China summoned the US Ambassador over the South China Sea patrol.
The US sailing of a navy destroyer in international waters in the vicinity of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea should not be perceived as a threat by any nation, US State Department spokesman John Kirby said on Tuesday.
Beijing vowed a resolute response to any intended provocation after the USS destroyer Lassen "illegally" entered the waters of the South China Sea near disputed islands.