UPDATE 2-U.S. destroyer sails in disputed South China Sea amid trade talks

(Recasts, adds Chinese military statement) WASHINGTON, Sept 13 (Reuters) – A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Friday, the U.S. military said, angering Beijing, which said the ship had entered Chinese territorial waters without permission. The busy waterway is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-Chinese relationship, which include an escalating trade war, American sanctions on China’s military and U.S. relations with Taiwan. Commander Reann Mommsen, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet, told Reuters that the…

US destroyer sails in disputed South China Sea

A US Navy destroyer has sailed in the South China Sea near disputed islands as part of “Freedom of Navigation” operations. A senior officer of the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet told NHK that the destroyer, the USS Wayne E. Meyer, sailed in waters near the Paracel Islands on Friday. The officer said the US carries out maritime navigation or flights anywhere permitted by international law, as a challenge to China’s aggressive territorial claims in the region. The US Navy also sailed near the Spratly Islands in late August. The US…

The Government of Vietnam Asks Chinese Ships to Leave Territorial Waters

Hanoi: The government of Vietnam on Friday demanded the immediate withdrawal of a Chinese oil exploration vessel and its escorts from an area that Hanoi claims as its territory and is disputed by Beijing. “Vietnam demands China to immediately stop its serious violations and withdraw all of the vessels from Vietnamese waters,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang tweeted. “The ship (Haiyang Dizhi 8) continues to infringe Vietnam’s sovereignty, sovereign rights, EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) and continental shelf,” she added, having already expressed Hanoi’s opposition to the passage of…

US Navy sails ship close to islands claimed by China

China has placed surface-to-air missiles on Woody Island in the Paracels, which is also being claimed by Vietnam, as it insists it has a right to build “self-defense” systems in the South China Sea. AFP WASHINGTON–The US Navy said that one of its destroyers had sailed close to the Chinese-controlled Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on Friday, asserting international freedom of navigation rights in the contested waters. The USS Wayne E. Meyer guided-missile destroyer passed through the area of the Paracels east of Vietnam and South of China’s…

US Destroyer Sails Near Disputed Paracel Islands In South China Sea – Reports

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 14th September, 2019) The US Navy destroyer, USS Wayne E. Meyer, sailed near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, Japanese media reported on Saturday. A senior officer of the US Seventh Fleet told the NHK broadcaster that the destroyer had sailed on Friday near the disputed archipelago as part of the so-called freedom of navigation operation in line with international law to challenge China‘s territorial claims in the region. A number of disputed islands, including the Paracel Islands and the Spratly…

US Navy asserts rights in South China Sea

US Navy asserts rights in South China Sea Unilateral imposition of rules ‘not permitted by international law’ A file photo of the “USS Wayne E. Meyer” destroyer sits docked in San Diego, California, on April 12, 2015. (Reuters photo) SINGAPORE: The US Navy has asserted that the recent passage of its guided-missile destroyer <i>USS Wayne E Meyer</i> in waters near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea is consistent with its stance on international law that allows freedom of navigation, according to a statement Saturday. “China, Taiwan, and Vietnam…

US Navy warship challenges Chinese claims in South China Sea

(CNN) – The US Navy sailed a warship near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea Friday as part of an operation aimed at challenging Chinese claims to the area, a move that drew an immediate protest from Beijing which accused the US of practicing “navigational hegemony.” The guided-missile destroyer “USS Wayne E. Meyer challenged the restrictions on innocent passage imposed by China, Taiwan, and Vietnam, and also contested China’s claim to straight baselines enclosing the Paracel Islands,” Cdr. Reann Mommsen, a spokesperson for the US Navy’s 7th fleet…

Enough Nuclear: All of the Reasons the U.S. Navy Needs Diesel Submarines

For the past five years or so these pixels have been arguing—nay, clamoring—for the U.S. Navy to build or buy a contingent of diesel attack submarines (SSKs) to fill out its undersea inventory. If anything the logic for going conventional is more compelling now than ever. It offers a way to add new hulls with dispatch, at manageable cost, and without imposing extra burdens on the few shipbuilders that specialize in naval nuclear propulsion. Best of all, a diesel contingent is an ideal implement for executing U.S. strategy in what…

Lorenzana: South China Sea dispute needs 2-pronged approach

MANILA—The Department of National Defense (DND) on Friday laid out plans to solve the territorial dispute in the South China Sea, saying it is the source of instability and tension in the region. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said they are pursuing a 2-pronged approach to assert the Philippines’ claims in the West Philippine Sea, the country’s exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea where China has committed repeated incursions. On the diplomatic front, Lorenzana named the bilateral consultation mechanism (BCM) that was established during President Rodrigo Duterte’s first state…