Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

USA destroyer in South China Sea violated law, harmed security

USA destroyer in South China Sea violated law, harmed security

The operations, according to anonymous officials, were meant to challenge China's claim on trade routes now contested by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam. The operation on Thursday punctuated that stance. A military official said the ship performed a drill and confirmed two Chinese frigates shadowed the McCain near Mischief Reef, with the ships never getting closer than 1,000 yards.

An angry Beijing warned off a U.S. warship after it sailed near an artificial island in the disputed South China Sea in the latest operation aimed at loosening the Asian giant's grip on the strategic waterway.

This decision came after the China-ASEAN Framework for the South China Sea's code of conduct was initiated.

China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang reiterated on Thursday.

The U.S.is reportedly concerned that China's construction of artificial islands and build-up of military facilities in the South China Sea are meant to restrict nautical movement in the area.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a similar statement. "And that there is this freedom of navigation", he said.

He stressed there is a need to verify the report and photographs presented by Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (AMTI-CSIS) about the continued reclamation activities in the South China Sea.

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According to an American official, Chinese forces called the McCain, asking her to leave "our waters". They do that on a daily basis, including the South China Sea.

"All operations are conducted in accordance with global law and demonstrate that the United States will fly, sail, and operate wherever worldwide law allows", he said. It's true in the South China Sea.

China issued the rebuke on Friday after the USS John S McCain a day earlier conducted the US Navy's third freedom of navigation patrol since the Trump administration took office.

"Australia, which failed to find a balance between its economic dependence on China and security dependence on the United States, is also making trouble in the South China Sea", Jia Xiudong, a research fellow at China Institute of International Studies, wrote.

China says that the waters around the land features it occupies are its own territorial seas, consistent with its sweeping "nine-dash line" claim to most of the South China Sea. "Beijing continues to reclaim land farther north, in the Paracel Islands", the security think tank said on its website.

Its sweeping claims overlap with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei - all ASEAN members - as well as Taiwan.

AMTI had previously reported on China's work in the disputed areas from December 14, 2012 until August 5, 2017 as shown in the photos.

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