US warship sails past Scarborough Shoal

US warship sails past Scarborough Shoal (Philstar.com) – May 20, 2019 – 1:09pm MANILA, Philippines — In a bid to challenge China’s expansive claims in the South China Sea, a US Navy warship sailed near Manila-claimed Scarborough Shoal. According to a report from ABC News, the US military confirmed that guided-missile destroyer USS Preble conducted a freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea on May 20. The shoal off the coast of Zambales province is a traditional fishing ground, as ruled upon by the July 2016 arbitral…

Navy has four ships patrolling South China Sea

William ColeThe Honolulu Star-Advertiser The Pearl Harbor destroyer USS Preble on Monday conducted its third “freedom of navigation” operation in the South China Sea since February in what so far has been four such Navy challenges to China’s claims this year. The pace is far ahead of last year’s operations — five — with the Defense Department expected to announce details of a new Indo-Pacific strategy at the end of the month. The Navy also took the unusual step of revealing that the Pearl Harbor-based submarine USS Hawaii was in…

U.S. sends warship near South China Sea flash point as Beijing and Washington spar over trade

The U.S. Navy has sailed a warship near the disputed Scarborough Shoal, a strategic flash point in the South China Sea claimed by China, in a move expected to stoke anger in Beijing as the world’s two biggest economies remain embroiled in a trade war. The USS Preble guided-missile destroyer carried out the operation Sunday, a U.S. military spokesman told The Japan Times on Monday. The Preble conducted a so-called freedom of navigation operation (FONOP), sailing “within 12 nautical miles (22 km) of Scarborough Reef in order to challenge excessive…

US Coast Guard Holds Exercise with Philippine Ship in South China Sea

The American military has carried out an exercise with Philippine forces in the South China Sea. The exercise on May 14 involved the United States Coast Guard cutter ship Bertholf and two Philippine coast guard ships, the U.S. military reported online. Military officials said it was the first time in seven years that a U.S. Coast Guard ship had visited the Philippines. The training activities included “search and rescue, maritime security and law enforcement capabilities,” the Indo-Pacific Command said. The officers and crew were “excited to visit Manila and work…

US should immediately stop provocative action in South China Sea: China

As US military warships sailed near the disputed islands in the South China Sea, China hit back at the US asserting that it should “immediately stop provocative actions” as relations between the two nations continued to remain on the boil. “We strongly urge the United States to immediately stop such provocative actions so as not to undermine Sino-US relations and regional peace and stability,” China’s foreign ministry spokesman said,adding,”China will continue to do what it needs to protect its national sovereignty and security and uphold the peace and stability of…

Water Wars: Disjointed Operations in the South China Sea

In the first weeks of May, U.S. vessels have been busy all over the South China Sea, drawing China’s ire and frustration. From May 2–8, the destroyer USS William P. Lawrence joined ships from the Philippines, India, and Japan transited international waters in the South China Sea, performing formation exercises and other low-profile drills during the voyage.   On May 6, the destroyers USS Preble and USS Chung-Hoon performed a freedom-of-navigation operation (FONOP) through the Spratly island chain, passing within China’s 12-nautical-mile territorial claim of the Gaven and Johnson reefs. Later that…

US China: Beijing denounces US warship sail-by in South China Sea

BEIJING: China on Monday denounced a US warship sail-by near disputed islands in the South China Sea as a violation of its sovereignty, amid mounting tensions over trade between the two countries. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) organised air and naval forces to warn the USS Preble to leave, said a PLA spokesman, after it entered waters near China-claimed Scarborough Shoal on Monday morning. “The relevant actions from the US side endanger the safety of both Chinese and American ships and personnel, and undermine China’s sovereignty and safety,” said Li…

US warships provocatively challenge China’s claims in South China Sea

  US warships provocatively challenge China’s claims in South China Sea By Peter Symonds 21 May 2019 Amid sharply rising confrontation with China over trade and economic policies, the US yesterday dispatched a naval warship within the 12-nautical-mile territorial limit claimed by China around one of its islets in the South China Sea. The naval operation is the latest in a growing number of US military provocations in strategically sensitive waters close to the Chinese mainland. It underscores the danger that trade war will escalate into military conflict as the…

Collision course in the South China Sea

China is expanding an aggressive program of constructing artificial islands in the South China Sea. Since beginning the massive dredging operations in the Johnson South Reef of the Spratly Islands in late 2013, Beijing has built a total of seven such islands. Think of it as an “ink blot” strategy — each artificial island becomes a claimed “island,” about which Beijing seeks to control a 12-mile territorial sea, a 24-mile contiguous zone, and a 200-mile exclusive economic zone. It has also claimed dozens of extant atolls in addition to the…