Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

US Navy Destroyer Sails Within Reach Of Disputed Chinese Territory

US Navy Destroyer Sails Within Reach Of Disputed Chinese Territory

The reef is part of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, which is the scene of rival claims between China and neighboring countries.

Washington's critical actions came as it courts the help of China, North Korea's most important economic partner, in taming Pyongyang's nuclear weapons ambitions and ending its missile tests.

Construction is shown on Mischief Reef, in the Spratly Islands, on June 19, 2017.

Experts and officials have criticised President Barack Obama for potentially reinforcing China's claims by sticking to innocent passage, in which a warship effectively recognised a territorial sea by crossing it speedily without stopping. The operation on Thursday punctuated that stance.

McCain sailed near a Chinese-made island in the South China Sea in a freedom of navigation exercise in the disputed region, U.S. media reported.

"China's own reclamation work did not end in mid-2015 with the completion of its artificial islands in the Spratlys".

The Trump administration has vowed to conduct more robust South China Sea operations.

China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang reiterated on Thursday.

US, Japan, and Australia have denounced China's island building and militarization of the South China Sea.

Trump has blamed China for failing to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions; for its part, China has warned the USA that it will defend North Korea if the United States attempts to change the regime in Pyongyang.

The ASEAN statement appears to be softer than the joint communiqué issued past year under the chairmanship of Laos.

"Some external forces wish to go against the tide and provoke troubles in the name of "freedom of navigation", aiming to destroy the good atmosphere". Well, the world superpower United States and the hermit state North Korea provoking each other on firing nukes.

"It is clear who is not willing to see stability in the South China Sea and who is the major factor pushing for militarization in the South China Sea".

"They called and said 'Please turn around, you are in our waters, '" he said.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Thursday the operations are being conducted "in accordance with global law". It's true in the South China Sea. "It's true in other places around the world, as well", Nauert said.

"China has the firm determination to safeguard its territorial sovereignty and maritime interests", Geng said.

An worldwide tribunal refuted China's claim to a large swathe of the South China Sea in 2016 in a case brought by the Philippines, though Beijing has rejected the ruling.

Like this: