Chinese language navy says ‘warned’ US warship to depart South China Sea

BEIJING: The Chinese language navy mentioned it had tracked a US warship within the South China Sea on Thursday and “warned it to depart” waters claimed by Beijing.

China claims sovereignty over nearly the complete South China Sea – a strategic waterway by means of which trillions of {dollars} in commerce passes yearly – regardless of a world courtroom ruling that the assertion has no authorized foundation.

The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei all have overlapping claims within the sea, whereas america sends naval vessels by means of it to claim freedom of navigation in worldwide waters.

The Southern Theater Command of China’s Folks’s Liberation Military (PLA) mentioned the USS Milius, a guided missile destroyer, on Thursday entered waters across the Paracel Islands, that are additionally claimed by Vietnam.

The PLA “organised sea and air forces to trace and monitor (the ship) in accordance with the regulation” and “warned it to depart”, spokesperson Tian Junli mentioned.

The vessel “made an unlawful incursion into Chinese language territorial waters with out permission from the Chinese language authorities, harming peace and stability” within the area, he mentioned.

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There was no rapid response from america.

Whereas asserting their claims within the South China Sea, Chinese language authorities in recent times have constructed synthetic islands together with some with navy amenities and runways.

Regional nations have additionally accused Chinese language vessels of harassing their fishing boats.