US Destroyer Carries Out Trump's 4th "Freedom Of Navigation" Operation In South China Sea

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In a provocation that’s sure to raise eyebrows in Beijing, a US Navy destroyer on Tuesday sailed within 12 miles of Paracel islands in the South China Sea in what appears to be the first US “Freedom of Navigation” operation in two months.

Reuters reports that the USS Chafee, a guided-missile destroyer, challenged “excessive maritime claims” near the Paracel Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbors. The operation is believed to be the fourth of its kind to take place since Trump took office.

Unlike a previous mission conducted in August, officials said the destroyer didn’t sail within range of the islands, though it did come close.

As Reuters points out, the ship didn’t penetrate a 12 nautical mile boundary surrounding the islands that marks the islands’ internationally recognized territorial limits. Sailing within that range is meant to show the US doesn’t recognize territorial claims.

The operation was carried out even as China and the Trump administration have been working closely together to pass restrictive economic sanctions against North Korea. Recently, China instructed its banks to stop doing business with North Korean clients, and informed North Korean laborers and businesses that they must stop operating in China and return to North Korea.

When approached by Reuters, the Pentagon did not comment directly on the operation, but said the US has carried out regular freedom-of-navigation operations and would continue to do so.

The operation was portrayed by Reuters as an attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing’s efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters.

China has kept up the pressure on North Korea, though some have speculated that it will loosen up following November’s Communist Party Congress. An op-ed published by the Global Post on Tuesday urged North Korea to take the first step toward peace with the US by giving up its nuclear program. The GP is considered a mouthpiece for the Chinese government.

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MANvsMACHINE's picture

So all is well in the Land of the Rising Sun?

I know...that's Japan, but close enough.

OldTrooper's picture

I guess we should be glad that they didn't run aground or collide with another ship.

Steaming_Pile's picture

Didn't the navy fire those guys?  Problem solved!

stayhumble's picture

Just wait for it, collision in T-minus 5...4...3...2...

warsev's picture

Not much of a challenge since there was no navigation closer than the 12 mile limits of China's claims. (((YAWN)))

Conscious Reviver's picture

Unlike the USS John McCain which did cross the 12 mile limit and got mysteriously smacked.

 http://theduran.com/poking-china-trump-sends-uss-john-mccain-destroyer-t...

Looks like the Pentagram might be a learner, albeit a slow one after all.

Eyes Opened's picture

M.A.G.A. !!!!     USA USA USA !!!

Hee Hee ....

historian40's picture

What am I missing?  From the article-

"In a provocation that’s sure to raise eyebrows in Beijing, a US Navy destroyer on Tuesday sailed within 12 miles of Parcel islands..."

"As Reuters points out, the ship didn’t penetrate a 12 nautical mile boundary surrounding the islands that marks the islands’ internationally recognized territorial limits."

MasterControl's picture

You should have stopped at "Reuters"

Manipuflation's picture

A destroyer?  Not a mighty ship.

ebworthen's picture

Did they sink any Chinese cargo ships full of plastic crap on the way to Walmart?

land_of_the_few's picture

Seems they make other stuff too for example most likely the network equipment and computers enabling these posts.

Conscious Reviver's picture

They make some large percentage of the chips that run everything on the Navy boat.

Miss Informed's picture

The world must be so tired of “turning the other cheek”.

roddy6667's picture

It's exactly what Walmart ordered. Did you believe that they ordered high quality merchandise and the Chinese did a bait and switch? American's can't afford the good stuff, so China does not export it to America.

This is the only reason Americans can still afford basic consumer goods in their failing economy.

 

Eyes Opened's picture

The american consumer.... aka the CSA... cheap shit army....   lol

Eyes Opened's picture

Or a cargo ship full of Home Depot tutorial videos... 

What ? U don't think they source 'em from China too ??

(Kinda like when the drug dealer throws in a few AK47s with the shipment as a sweetener...   lol )

lakecity55's picture

Those ships are used to ram US ships while the sailors are all in Gay Orientation Class.

 

Implied Violins's picture

GODDAMM IT, just HURRY UP and get this FUCKING WORLD WAR *over* with already, I'm fucking SICK of WAITING for it.

/s...sorta

Erudite One's picture

Sun Tzu young grasshopper. Sun Tzu.
When the time comes, China will take its rightful place.
Trump will get his place in history as the fool who brought down his own country without even realizing what he is doing. Truly a pathetic idiot. China is laughing at him, ramming his stupid war ships with slow moving freighters. People don't even realize the significance of that. The USA is truly finished, the people living there just don't realize it yet. Can't wait for the USA/Israhell/Zionist hook noses to loose this, it will be glorious.

 

political_proxy's picture

"Trump will get his place in history as the fool who brought down his own country without even realizing what he is doing."

Who better to follow up / continue the evil plan of reducing the US to a "third worls nation" status than, same election strategy as the usurper, Trump?

presidents are selected, not elected

ZeroDrudge's picture

Oh, you're hubris know no bounds, young padawan. Educate yourself on Trumps 'magnanimous panda' strategy, and gain the humility you so desperately need...

Consuelo's picture

 

 

12,000 tonnes...

And probably a whole lot more.

It's coming, and these actions in their backyard only stiffen the resolve of our 'trading partners' to accelerate their plans of trade independence. 

HANGEMHIGHER's picture

I think you'll find the US was just saving money and picking stuff up for Walmart.

WTFUD's picture

I heard it was a pre arranged pick-up of a gold delivery from what's left of the Feds Stash. Good People!

Fireman's picture

"As Reuters points out, the ship didn’t penetrate a 12 nautical mile boundary surrounding the islands that marks the islands’ internationally recognized territorial limits."

 

Don't want the USSAN tub to get "containered", now do we? 

 

 

The Bear and the Dragon are ready to eat Fat$o USSA. It took a while but we all knew it was coming. Now listen to the great global flush as the Saudi Mercan IOU petroscrip tsunami of blood-spattered dollahs and derivative s#it comes home to drown US. This is the wind down of USSA's global Pentacon occupation. Grab your crap and get your ass back to Slumville.  

It's SIRIOUS!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiTyBQwWiG8

 

ChaoKrungThep's picture

The US ship not sailing closer than 12 nautical miles confirms US acceptance of Chinese ownership. China wins, US loses the stupid "challenge". Donnie, don't play soldiers, play with nice cats.

WTFUD's picture

Sink that MoFo destroyer and anything that comes to its aid. Blame it on an over zealous new cadet who hit the fire instead of standby button. I wonder how many subs had their missiles trained and ready to fire though?

lakecity55's picture

I do not wish to see any Americans or Chinese get shot up.

 

OZZIDOWNUNDER's picture

Well certainly no Chinese -

BUT OK with the Yanks getting due deserts.

Dr. Bonzo's picture

LMAO.... 2 days after the USS Ronald Reagan wraps up its Hong Kong port call. They fucking timed it. "Come on... give the guys some of that Wanchai gonorrhea..."

 

Hahahaha... Murkans....

lakecity55's picture

"Captain Sulu, have you scanned the American ship?"
"Yes, Admiral. We have a backdoor into 87% of their computer chips."
"Excellent. Bide your time, Mr Sulu."

 

JailBanksters's picture

Really ?

Freedom Of Navigation

That's what your calling it, it should be called Intimidation for a False Flag

 

What if China had a Freedom Of Navigation Op and

did it in Gulf of Mexico, would they be Free to Navigate.

MrGalt's picture

Yeah, sailing in an area hundreds of miles from Chinese shores around some total bullshit navigational power grab is "intimidation for a false flag".

Hyperbole much?

I'm sure the Phillipines, et al are totally cool with the Chicoms sticking an invisible dashed line 12 miles from their beaches - definitely NOT intimidating...

 

RedBaron616's picture

Always destroyers. If you are going to make a point, drive a full carrier group through there! Otherwise, you look like a wimp, taking a rowboat when you have a battleship. Guess we don't want to upset them too much. Wimps.

shizzledizzle's picture

Was the Gulf of Tonkin a "Freedom Of Navigation" excercise? 

BigWillyStyle887's picture

Alternate Headline

 

"US NAVY wastes more fucking money sending ships on patrols when they already have satellites in outer space that could do the same fucking thing"

truthalwayswinsout's picture

If you want to really piss off the Chinese you need to do two things.

Put massive trade sanctions on them and call their capital Peking.

SweetDoug's picture

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I'm downfor this! I hate the dog-eaters!

 

China's capital is Peking! China's capital is Peking! China's capital is Peking! China's capital is Peking! China's capital is Peking! China's capital is Peking! China's capital is Peking! China's capital is Peking! China's capital is Peking!China's capital is Peking! China's capital is Peking!China's capital is Peking! China's capital is Peking!China's capital is Peking!China's capital is Peking! China's capital is Peking! China's capital is Peking!

 

OJO

V-V

Mr. Drysdale's picture

Somebody get this info over to Trump asap. 

Curious, why does calling Peking the capital anger them?

silverer's picture

China's best move would be to ignore such events completely. Than after the ship passed by, call the US a bunch of cheapskates for not docking with permission and spending some money on green tea and stuffed panda toys. After all, isn't this whole fucking thing about MONEY? It is. It is and it always will be. Some greedy prick always wants to be a god, and run the whole world. The US is running out of time to own the whole world, because it's run out of money. Expect to see more and more "close calls", as the US is desperate to make some big play to save its dying empire.

Deja Doh's picture

A "missle-guided destroyer"?