U.S. Navy, early on Tuesday morning, sent a guided-missile destroyer to patrol around China’s man-made islands in the disputed waters of South China Sea. The act drew anger from Beijing in response upon which a warning was issued to the United States. The warning came when USS Lassen sailed within 12 nautical miles of Subi Reef, situated in China-claimed waters. U.S. defense officials have stated that the sail was a part of a mission which also included Mischief Reef. It was further reported that the mission was first in a series of freedom-of-navigation. U.S. aims this mission at gauging the range of China’s territorial claims.
China’s Foreign Ministry stated that the authorities monitored U.S. activity, followed the vessel and issued a warning when the USS Lassen illegally entered the waters near Spratly i.e., without the permission of Chinese government. China’s Foreign Ministry further state,
China will resolutely respond to any country’s deliberate provocations. We will continue to closely monitor the relevant seas and airspace, and take all necessary steps in accordance with the need.
On the other hand, U.S. Officials have stated that more patrols could follow in the following few weeks which is nothing short of a direct provocation. Beijing expressed anger owing to the fact that the waters U.S. treaded upon were Chinese and America’s actions were nothing short of trespassing. China claims a major portion of the South China Sea. Arguably, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Taiwan and the Philippines have rival claims over those waters.
It is worth mentioning here, that the U.S., irrespective of who claims the waters, did in fact trespass. Even if the waters are claimed by several countries, the U.S. did not ask permission from a single country that claims them. U.S. and Russia already have a stressed relationship given the Syrian Crisis, and it would seem that U.S. and China are headed in the same direction.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.