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

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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historian40 Wed, 10/11/2017 - 01:21 Permalink

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."

roddy6667 ebworthen Wed, 10/11/2017 - 03:04 Permalink

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. 

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Erudite One Implied Violins Wed, 10/11/2017 - 01:48 Permalink

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. 

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Consuelo Wed, 10/11/2017 - 02:10 Permalink

  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. 

Fireman Wed, 10/11/2017 - 03:58 Permalink

"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  

WTFUD Wed, 10/11/2017 - 04:43 Permalink

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?

Dr. Bonzo Wed, 10/11/2017 - 04:51 Permalink

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 Wed, 10/11/2017 - 05:11 Permalink

"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 Wed, 10/11/2017 - 05:20 Permalink

Really ?Freedom Of NavigationThat's what your calling it, it should be called Intimidation for a False Flag What if China had a Freedom Of Navigation Op anddid it in Gulf of Mexico, would they be Free to Navigate.

MrGalt JailBanksters Wed, 10/11/2017 - 14:20 Permalink

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... 

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RedBaron616 Wed, 10/11/2017 - 06:34 Permalink

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.

SweetDoug truthalwayswinsout Wed, 10/11/2017 - 09:07 Permalink

'''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! OJOV-V

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silverer Wed, 10/11/2017 - 08:28 Permalink

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.