China said it drove away a U.S. Navy warship that sailed close to a Chinese-occupied feature in the disputed South China Sea, in the latest show of tensions between the countries amid their escalating trade war.
“The U.S. Navy’s Decatur missile destroyer arbitrarily entered the waters adjacent to an island reef in the South China Sea,” the Ministry of National Defense said in a statement Tuesday. “The U.S. ship was identified and verified according to the law, and warned it and drove it away.”
The vessel, the USS Decatur, was sailing on Sunday morning “in the vicinity” of Gaven Reef in the South China Sea when a Chinese destroyer approached it in “an unsafe and unprofessional maneuver,” said Lieutenant Commander Tim Gorman, a spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
The Chinese warship conducted a series of increasingly aggressive maneuvers accompanied by warnings for the Decatur to leave the area, Gorman said in an email. The destroyer “approached within 45 yards of Decatur’s bow, after which Decatur maneuvered to prevent a collision,” he said.
While the operation was reported by CNN on Sunday, the details about the confrontation emerged Tuesday morning Asia time. The Nikkei 225 Stock Average retreated from an intraday high, after closing Monday at its highest level since 1991. The index was little changed as of 12:30 p.m. Tokyo time.
Beijing last month also refused a U.S. warship entry to Hong Kong, and its top naval officer canceled a high-level meeting with his U.S. counterpart. The heightening military and diplomatic tensions comes as trade negotiations between the two nations are at an impasse.
Gaven Reef is one of seven Chinese-claimed outposts in the Spratlys chain. China has reclaimed 3,200 of acres of land in the features and built ports, runways and other military infrastructure.
Beijing claims more than 80 percent of the South China Sea, based on a 1947 map showing vague dashes — the so-called nine-dash line. Five other countries — including Vietnam and the Philippines — have also staked claims in the area, one of the world’s busiest shipping routes. An international arbitration panel in the Hague ruled in 2016 that China’s claims have no legal standing.
The U.S. carries out freedom of navigation operations by sending Navy ships and aircraft near disputed waters to demonstrate the right to travel through what it considers international waters and airspace. Such operations need to be within 12 nautical miles of an island or territory to constitute a challenge under international law.
The Chinese defense ministry said the Decatur’s actions — and previous U.S. sail-bys — threaten its sovereignty and security. In addition, they were “seriously undermining the relations between the two countries and the two armed forces, and seriously endangering regional peace and stability,” it said. “The Chinese army is firmly opposed to this.”
Gorman said that the U.S. would “continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows.”
President Obama and his mouthpieces have embarked on a bizarre scheme to hypnotize America into forgetting the many scandals of his presidency. They seem to think that intoning “this administration hasn’t had a scandal” over and over again will […]
January 28, 2018PandoraUSComments Off on Pico Rivera councilman and El Rancho High teacher Gregory Salcido caught on video degrading military
Editor’s note: Some of the video embedded in this story contains profanity. Three videos on social media of Pico Rivera Councilman Gregory Salcido, a teacher at El Rancho High School, making disparaging remarks about the […]
Officially, I cannot endorse fake news of any kind. We have attempted to, and are continuing to attempt to prove the validity of the story, which I personally believe was an explainable phenomenon resulting in […]
Russia’s light arms industry presented its most innovative development in recent years, the SVLK-14S Sumrak, the world’s first sniper rifle that can hit a target four kilometers (2.4 miles) away. In the town of Tarusa, […]
The 107-country Outer Space Treaty signed in 1967 prohibits nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons from being placed or used from Earth’s orbit. What they didn’t count on was the U.S. Air Force’s most simple weapon […]
Today, Pennsylvania Governor Wolf issued a proclamation declaring Pennsylvania’s heroin and opioid epidemic a statewide disaster emergency, seemingly triggering the firearm prohibitions found in 18 Pa.C.S. § 6107 during declared emergencies. Specifically, Section 6107 provides: (a) General […]
Winter presents unique challenges for everyone and everything, especially when you’re experiencing a “bombogenesis”. So, obviously having a working firearm is crucial in any situation. Ask the Marines at the Chosin Reservoir as their guns […]
From New Maine News Statewide — Emergency rooms around the state are normally filled with patients suffering from the flu or from injuries related to snow mobiling, but this year’s cold snap is bringing patients in […]
by Art Merrill – Monday, February 13, 2017 Let’s skip the appetizer and get right to the meat and potatoes of a manufacturer’s claims for a new cartridge case technology to replace the 150-year reign of […]
by Charlie Spiering Breitbart.com President Donald Trump called out China on Wednesday for interfering in American elections. “Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election coming up in […]
May 7, 2018PandoraDefense, USComments Off on US Navy reactivates Cold War fleet as Defense Secretary Mattis warns that ‘China and Russia present new military threats’ across the globe
The chief of US Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson, made the announcement during a change of command ceremony The 2nd Fleet command was disbanded as a cost-savings measure in 2011, and its assets and personnel […]