China Says US Warship Sailing Near Spratly Islands Is "Severe Provocation"

After carrying out no fewer than four "Freedom of Navigation" operations last year and one in January, The US sent a Navy Destroyer to sail within 12 nautical miles of the Spratly Islands - a move that China condemned as a "severe provocation" just as the two countries are on the verge of an all-out trade war.

The operation was the US's latest attempt to push back against an expanding Chinese military presence in the Pacific that at least one US military leader has characterized as an ominous national security threat that could lead to all-out war. Admiral Harry Harris said last month that the US should be "prepared for war" with China due to its increasingly aggressive posture, which he said was a veiled attempt by Beijing to undermine the national world order.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the US destroyer Mustin traveled close to Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands and "carried out maneuvering operations." The Spratly Islands, located in the South China Sea, are the epicenter of a territorial dispute between China and several of its neighbors, per Reuters. Twelve nautical miles is the internationally recognized territorial limit.

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When asked about the operation, the U.S. military said its activities are carried out under international law and American forces operate in the region on a daily bases.

"We conduct routine and regular freedom of navigation operations, as we have done in the past and will continue to do in the future," said Lieutenant Commander Nicole Schwegman, a spokeswoman for US Pacific Fleet.

China’s Defense Ministry said two Chinese naval ships had been sent to identify the US ship and warn it to leave the area immediately.

China opposes "illegal and provocative" operations, and denies US allegations that it's cracking down on freedom of movement in the region.

A spokesperson for China's Defense Ministry said "the provocative behavior by the US side will only cause the Chinese military to further strengthen building up defense abilities in all areas."

In a separate statement, China’s Foreign Ministry said the country would continue to take all necessary steps to protect its sovereignty and peace and stability in the South China Sea, where it said the situation was developing for the better with the hard work of China and Southeast Asian nations.

However, it appears China is going to be facing more scrutiny, not less, over its presence in the South China Sea. The UK said last month said one of its warships would pass through the South China Sea to assert freedom-of-navigation rights. The US has repeatedly called on its allies to carry out "Freeops" of their own.

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serotonindumptruck sixsigma cygnu… Fri, 03/23/2018 - 17:00 Permalink

The USA is like the playground bully who insults others and provokes confrontations.

Like repeatedly poking someone in the chest while asking: "What are you going to do about it, pussy? Cry to your mommy?"

When they're called out on their bluff, they become the world snitch (Teacher! Teacher! He just hit me!) and accuse those who were bullied of being the aggressor.

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Dilluminati Fri, 03/23/2018 - 16:55 Permalink

China needs to fucking stop acting like some precocious child who hasn't learned to share a toy in the fucking sandbox.  This wailing and mouthing off is getting old...  Yawnnn to the Chicoms who just can't give it a fucking rest or see anything from anyone's else's perspective like a damn child.. whaaaaa whaaaaa... 

And what about David Hogg another whining fucking punk

The cunts in China can't take a joke and banned parodies, and Hogg is a fucking joke.. cunts both of em

truthalwayswinsout SilverDOG Fri, 03/23/2018 - 17:50 Permalink

China's Debt to GDP ratio is over 500%. Without those treasuries as a back stop they are dead. Even right now they are forced to sell them because anyone with money is taking it and leaving China and the amount they sell every month is the amount of money leaving China every month.

The treasuries they own would have to be sold in the open market and right now there are 4x the bids on new treasuries.

And to make matters worse the US is now becoming the #1 oil and gas exporting country in the world. The amount of oil and gas exports will cut the trade deficit in half even if it remains at its current level.

And as far as trade wars go, you cannot lose a trade war when you have a $600 billion trade deficit. And you cannot lose a trade war when you have been the victim of a trade war for the past 30 years and just now are starting to do something about it.

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TemporarySecurity Fri, 03/23/2018 - 17:03 Permalink

When will we and Japan just start building our own island on the reefs Japan claims? or Indonesia? or Vietnam? or every other country within a thousand miles who claim territory in the area?

silverer Fri, 03/23/2018 - 17:05 Permalink

"When asked about the operation, the U.S. military said its activities are carried out under international law"

Actually, the US breaks international law on a daily basis. They obey it when it suits them. How about US presence in Syria? Think that complies with international law? Or are you just another USA!, USA! type with a brain so small if it could possibly be extracted and placed in an ant's asshole it would bounce around like a pea in a box car?