Navy Destroyer in South China Sea Near Islands Beijing Claims

Navy Destroyer in South China Sea Near Islands Beijing Claims

Beijing condemned the mission of the guided-missile destroyer USS 'Chafee, ' which on Tuesday sailed within 16 nautical miles of the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, within the framework of a so-called "freedom of navigation" operation.

In July, the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem conducted a "freedom of navigation exercise" around Triton Island in the Paracel archipelago, which is claimed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan.

"China will continue to take resolute measures to protect Chinese sovereign territory and maritime interests", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.

The operation was part of a longstanding effort to challenge Beijing's "excessive maritime claims", the officials said, adding that the U.S. does not recognize China's claim of sovereignty in that location and regards the area as worldwide waters.

Trump to visit United Kingdom in early 2018
Theresa May's offer of a state visit to the first-term President was greeted with the threat of mass protests by opponents. Instead of the traditional "special relationship" tour, it is likely to form part of a trip to several countries.

In August, a U.S. Navy destroyer came within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea. "China urges the U.S.to conscientiously respect China's sovereign territory and security interests, conscientiously respect the efforts regional countries have made to protect peace and stability in the South China Sea, and stop these wrong actions".

China would further strengthen its naval and air defenses, the ministry said. "China urges the U.S. to conscientiously respect China's sovereign territory and security interests, conscientiously respect the efforts regional countries have made to protect peace and stability in the South China Sea, and stop these wrong actions", Hua said.

China, in turn, has accused the United States of illegally trespassing into what it sees as its territorial waters.

At a ceremony at the South Korean Embassy, Roh said he will explain to Beijing officials that Seoul's THAAD deployment is purely for defensive purposes against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats and is not aimed at China.

Related Articles