China Sends Surveillance Ship To Hawaii In Retaliation To US Navy Build Up In Its Back Yard,

Tyler Durden's picture

China has had enough with diplomacy.

Shortly after China's president Xi Jinping warned that "a conflict between China and United States will definitely be a disaster for the two countries and the world" a seemingly tone-deaf US responded by unleashing even more military forces in China's back yard, and announcing it was developing new military tactics to deter China’s slow but steady territorial advances in the South China Sea, including more aggressive use of surveillance aircraft and naval operations near contested areas. The message was clear: pleasantries are great, but immediately halt any territorial ambitions which impact American allies in the region.

Well, China responded, but not in the way that the US may have wanted. According to Bloomberg, China sent a surveillance vessel to waters off Hawaii even as the country participated for the first time in the world’s largest international naval exercise led by the U.S. As of Friday, the ship was operating south of the Hawaiian island of Oahu, near the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) carrier strike group (CSG) and the main body of the 50 ships participating in the exercise, several sources confirmed to USNI News.

Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy electronic surveillance ship Beijixing
(pennant number 851). A ship of this class is currently off the coast of Oahu,
monitoring RIMPAC 2014.

The auxiliary general intelligence ship is outside U.S. territorial seas, yet within the 200-nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone, Captain Darryn James, chief spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said in an e-mailed statement yesterday. The vessel is not associated with the Rim of the Pacific Exercise, or Rimpac, that’s now under way, he said.

“U.S. naval forces continually monitor all maritime activity in the Pacific, and we expect this ship will remain outside of U.S. territorial seas and not operate in a manner that disrupts the ongoing Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise,” James said.

The irony of course is that this time it was the US that was placating China, by inviting China to participate in the Rimpac exercise for the first time. China responded by sending the second-largest contingent to this year’s Rimpac. "Designed to foster international cooperation as China’s navy expands its capabilities, the presence of the surveillance vessel has raised questions among some of the other countries taking part." While China is taking part in this year’s Rimpac, its forces are being kept out of most of the exercises’ core combat components. The country has sent four ships -- missile destroyer Haikou, frigate Yueyang, supply ship Qiandaohu and the Peace Ark medical ship.

Needless to say, the US is displeased:

“It sends a bad signal,” said Ben Schreer, a senior analyst for defense strategy at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute in Canberra. “There was a lot of good will on the American side that said ‘despite what you have been doing in the East and South China Sea recently, we invited you to this prestigious exercise and what you do is blatantly put this spy ship in the area.’ ”


China has been been taking a more assertive stance in territorial spats with Japan in the East China Sea and the Philippines and Vietnam in the South China Sea, which has raised tensions in the region.


“This is not the first time we’ve been under surveillance while we’re operating or exercising,” said Per Rostad, commanding officer of the Royal Norwegian Navy’s Fridtjof Nansen. “However, one might say it’s a bit novel when you participate in an exercise with participating units,” said Rostad, who worked alongside the Chinese navy to transport chemical weapons from Syria.

USNI news has more:

China slipped an uninvited guest into the world’s largest naval exercise.  The U.S. invited four ships from China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) to the Rim of the Pacific 2014 exercise — a move that was hailed as a sign of improved military-to-military relations between the two countries.


But China also sent an electronic surveillance ship designed to monitor signals from the ships, right to the edges of the exercise.


“The U.S. Pacific Fleet has been monitoring a Chinese navy surveillance ship operating in the vicinity of Hawaii outside U.S. territorial seas,” Capt. Darryn James, a spokesman for U.S. Pacific Fleet, told USNI News late Friday.


“We expect this ship will remain outside of U.S. territorial seas and not operate in a manner that disrupts the ongoing Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise.”


James said the ship was not part of the exercise and would not speculate on the ship’s purpose but said that it appeared in the vicinity of Hawaii about a week ago.


“Any questions about the ship’s intent or capabilities will need to be addressed by the People’s Liberation Army Navy,” he said.


The ship is a Dongdiao-class auxiliary general intelligence (AGI) ship, one in a class of three PLAN ships designed to gather electronic and communication data from surrounding vessels and aircraft, sources confirmed to USNI News.


China watcher Andrew Erikson said the ship is likely to be one the PLAN’s most experienced, in a late Friday interview with USNI News.


“This AGI is most likely to be the Type 815 Dongdiao-class intelligence collection vessel Beijixing (pennant number 851), home ported in the East Sea Fleet,” Erickson, an associate professor at the Naval War College said.


“Beijixing is the most experienced vessel from the PLAN’s most advanced class of AGI. Based on Internet photos and Japanese government and other media reports, Beijixing is China’s most well-traveled AGI, having operated frequently near and within Japan’s claimed Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).”


The Dongdiao-class off Hawaii is operating inside the U.S. EEZ but not in territorial waters, James said.


“The Chinese Navy AGI ship’s presence is in accordance with international law regarding freedom of navigation,” he said.


“The U.S. Navy operates in waters beyond the territorial seas of coastal nations around the world while adhering to international law and norms, and China’s AGI is permitted to do the same.”

In other words, China is doing what it does best: responding in kind and calling out assorted nations on their hypocrisy: China’s Defense Ministry said the movements of the Chinese ship in international waters complied with international law, the state-owned Global Times reported.

"China respects the rights enjoyed by all relevant coastal states under international law, and hopes that relevant countries respect the rights enjoyed by Chinese ships according to the law,” an official in the ministry’s news department was quoted as saying."


China has long complained about U.S. surveillance activities off China’s coast within the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone. In 2009, China said that a Navy surveillance ship conducted activity in the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone in the Yellow Sea that violated international and Chinese laws. The USNS Victorious didn’t seek China’s permission, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said at the time.

In summary:

  1. China warns US not to provoke it, warning of a new "global conflict".
  2. US promptly provokes it by sending surveillance ships in the South China Sea.
  3. China responds by counter-provoking US, sending its own surveillance ship to Hawaii, during what is supposed to be an otherwise amicable naval exercise.
  4. ???

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y3maxx's picture

...BRICS vs PRICS...

philipat's picture

Maybe their intelligence isn't so good? He's in Martha's Vineyard??

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

China sends a spy ship to monitor naval exercises in international waters.  Big deal.

Why is this story even here?

Headbanger's picture

Too bad it's not a North Korea vessel we could seize like they did the USS Pueblo way back when.

Let's seize it anyway!!

Ying-Yang's picture

More and more the US says "do like I say, not like I do"

Pure Evil's picture

So what are they going to spy on in Hawaii?

Barry's bathouse escapades?

StychoKiller's picture

Surfboard wax formulae are highly classified!

omniversling's picture

Maintains narrative that China is a big bogie threat, and not to be trusted. Neither agree nor disagree, just watching. Anyway, what's new?

The uninvited guest: Chinese sub pops up in middle of U.S. Navy exercise, leaving military chiefs red-faced

Enquiring minds may want to know, what are the navies of the world doing excersising together on such a massive scale? Systems and comms integration? Prep to become one global warmachine, perhaps under UNato/BIS control? Against whom? Extraterestrials? We the people? One ponders the purpose of a SpecOps convention to bring together 10 countries (16 in 2014) Special Forces for a 'sound a light' show:

I'm all for global peace and if this achieves it for the benefit of all people on the planet, not just MIC contractors, then Keep Calm and Carry On. On the other hand, there appears to be a growing divide betweeen the controllers and the controlled, with the .gov of all countries growing (along with regulations and the commensurate loss of freedom) at the expense of the taxpayer and endebted future generations.

Seems the corporatisation of what used to be public representative govs has given rise to private corporate armies (mercs, SpecOps, contractors etc). I reckon this trend will increase as corporate capture of the political process also increases. On a local, national and intranational levels. Dont have time to retrieve all the links now, but search privatisation and militarisation of police, SpecOPs command, rapid deployment force, global battlefield, Facebook employs local police, NATO operating outside it's theatre, Agenda 21 for starters.


Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Well, Obama is preparing to unleash some human wave attacks via the recruitment of 30 million illiterates from Mexico/Central America.  All it will take is an announcement in Spanish 'Free EBT cards . . . over there'.

whirling tword freedom's picture

LOL... sad thing is that they get their EBT card before they get off the bus..... ( wish I were kidding )

I have nothing at all against the poor souls trying to better their lives....  I have a lot against a lawless government that creates the situation to gain politically from it.   Wouldn't mind seeing them get held for ransom and ass raped for a few months then have their fingers and toes cut off the way some of these poor kids get.

Don't take that wrong..... I don't want them here and, they need to be deported immediately... not next week... today... give 'em a sandwitch and some disinfectant and push them back across the border with a note pinned on them.... Hell, fly them home if you have to but, I don't want them in our schools and on the dole....

DonBadajoz's picture

Seems like WW3 is just around the corner, so all of the countries can default on thier debts at the same time.

oudinot's picture

Things sure are heating up, I think you are on to something.....

Do I get to default on my debts too........?????

Pure Evil's picture

Only if you turn in all your guns and Precious Metals, yup, even those you lost in that tragic boating accident.

SickDollar's picture

if you can survivie the Nukes and  FEMA camps,  than yeah

SickDollar's picture

if you can survive the Nukes and  FEMA camps,  than yeah

Byte Me's picture

Next up - Chinese surveillance boat hit by missing MH370.

orangegeek's picture

China's ship will look pretty at the bottom of the pacific

_ConanTheLibertarian_'s picture

Why don't you join the bottom creatures.

medium giraffe's picture

+1 for presenting such a strong case for medical abortion.

oudinot's picture

Do you know why the New Italian Navy ships have glass bottoms?


To see the old Italian Navy.

redd_green's picture

who cares?   The only group that doesn't know all of the stupid US government secrets are the American people.   

roadhazard's picture

This is a US ship manned with dead bodies and Chinese markings trying to start WW3.  Pass it on.


Is this how you do it?

Canucklehead's picture

Why doesn't China enact economic sanctions and stop exporting their high technology products to the Western World?

Racer's picture

So the US bully doesn't like Chinese ships in international waters now?????????? WTF

Itchy and Scratchy's picture

Nice to see that Amerika ain't agitating ... or anything like that!

Dubaibanker's picture

Another country - Tanzania - raises it's head against American hegemony and imperialism.

Tells US to buzz off....however, Cyprus followed the US diktat, thanks to being a EU bailout recepient.

Tanzania will not close bank blacklisted by the US
buzzsaw99's picture

spaceballz cruise lines. lulz

Agent P's picture

Looking at that ship, it's clear to see they have balls. 

yogibear's picture

The insolvent US international policy is a disaster.Guess China and Russia doesn't want to adhere to the globalst rules and requirments.

Fuku Ben's picture

It reads like the typical politically correct lying press releases of two corporations that don't give a shit about their customers or their employees

F8ck them all

Latitude25's picture

China can win this tit for tat right now and dump all US teasuries and USD currency reserves.  It would be a sacrafice for the Chinese but would basically defund the US gov and military due to a valueless dollar.

IronShield's picture

Big deal.  The sooner this happens, the better for the American people.  Sure, there will be pain but that is the price for allowing the system to devolve to what it has become.  It is time for a return to meritocracy; the Chinese would be doing us a favor; thus it won't happen.  ;-)

CrazyCatLady's picture

Perhaps china knows something we dont, its a spy ship, its there to spy.  I doubt they are spying on the exercise, what would be the point, they have ships involved in it. I think there is more to develop on this.

darteaus's picture

Don't worry China! Mugabama is simply forward deploying the Pacific Fleet to facilitate your surprise attack, as fellow Socialist FDR did when he moved the Fleet to Pearl, after purging 5 Admirals to find the compliant one.

IronShield's picture

No different than what was happening in the Black Sea, and surrounding areas, back in the day.  Yawn, non-event.

SoDamnMad's picture

Have a couple container ships (loaded with iPhones) hover real, real close (since the Baltic Dry Index is in the crapper).

Then pound it with all kinds of wave lengths.  Maybe do one of those NASCAR paint rubs to give them a flavor of American


Emergency Ward's picture

They could blare Springsteen's "Born in the USA" and Lee Greenwood's  "I'm Proud to be an American" over the loudspeakers.  That would really scare them.

jay28elle's picture

Doubt that...  they'd just carry-on about those having been "America's good ole days"

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

BDI is now at some $732, very low, it is down a lot.

NOT a good sign for the world economy.

Ignorance is bliss's picture

This should be bearish for gold and silver

Reaper's picture

First, Obama came for Assad? And Putin acted. Now Obama came for Putin. And China acted. When will Obama come for India, SA or Brazil? Stand together or die separately.

hero HNL's picture

At RIMPAC, the chinese were supposed to be involved in humanitarian

rescue mission with other countries.


They canceled it when they learned the commander was a Japanese. Stupid ch*nks.

goldhedge's picture

Of course it was not a random choice by the "games makers" ;)


Emergency Ward's picture

By initiating their own Pacific Pivot, are the Chinese trying to provoke Obama?