China Protests after US Warship Sails Near Island

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Today, the Beijing voice displeasure  as a US warship sailed near an artificial island in the disputed South China Sea. The operation that prompted the Chinese navy to warn American destroyer.

Geng Shuang, the spokesman of Foreign ministry said,” The USS John S McCain actions had violated the Chinese and international law seriously impairing  sovereignty and security of country.”

He said that the China is strongly dissatisfied with this. He said  in his statement that  the Beijing would lodge an official protest against Washington.

The US official said, John S McCain destroyer sailed within six nautical miles of “Mischief Reef”, an artificial island built by China on Thursday as part of freedom of navigation operation.

“The Mischief reef” is part of the disputed  Islands in the South China Sea which has created rival claims between China and its neighbouring countries.

On condition of anonymity, the US official told AFP,” A Chinese frigate has sent at least 10 times radio warnings  to the USS McCain and said please turn around you are in our area.” The official said, “We told them that we are conducting  our routine operations in international waters.”

The official said, “the interactions were  safe and professional with the operation that last about six hours from start to finish.” The Geng said,” such operations were seriously endangering the lives.”

The “freedom of navigation operation” was the third of its kind that is carried out by the United States after the President Donald Trump took office.

The US move came after four days when Australia,  Japan and the United States  denounced  the Beijing’s  island building on the sidelines of a security forum of the 10 nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Manila.

The China claims almost all of the sea through which $5 trillion trade shipping  passes annually. It claims overlapping with Vietnam, Malaysia,  the Philippines and Brunei, all ASEAN members as well as Taiwan.

In recent years, the Beijing has managed to weaken the regional resistance by courting some of the ASEAN members. The China scored a coup, when ASEAN ministers issued a statement on the dispute and agreed to talk at the Manila meeting, on Sunday.

The China insists that the delayed code will conduct between it and ASEAN members over the disputed sea that must not be  binding legally, and a demand to which the Southeast Asian countries have acquiesced so far.

The spokesman of Chinese defence ministry, Wu Qian said,” The joint efforts of China and its neighbouring countries  has stabilised the situation in the South China”  but ” The peace and stability in the region is threatened by US operation.”

Qian said,” the provocative US military actions will encourage the Chinese military to  strengthen the defence capacity building and defend national sovereignty and security.”

The operation  comes between the Korean peninsula over Pyongyang’s missile programme and the United States that seeks to push China into assertively North Korea.

“Lieutenant Colonel, Chris Logan” , the Pentagon spokesman, declined to comment whether there had been a freedom of navigation sailing. But, he said that the United States would continue to do such operations.

He said, ” All the operations is being conducted in accordance with the international law and demonstrate that the United States will sail, fly and operate wherever international law allows.”

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