China issues warning to US after warships pass disputed islands

BEIJING — This is your recent look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. CHINA ISSUES WARNING TO US NAVY SHIPS China’s foreign ministry has protested the presence of U.S. Navy ships in waters it claims and says it has warned them to keep away. Spokesman Geng Shuang said Friday that…

U.S. warships sail in disputed South China Sea, angering China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Navy warships twice sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea in the past few days, the U.S. military told Reuters on Thursday, at a time of heightened tension between the world’s two largest economies. FILE PHOTO: An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a Philippine military plane shows the alleged on-going land reclamation by China on mischief reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Ritchie B. Tongo/Pool The busy waterway…

China Protests US Sending Combat Ships To Disputed Islands In South China Sea – Beijing

Beijing has vigorously protested the passage of US naval vessels through the South China Sea, claiming that the United States’ actions have damaged China’s sovereignty and security considerably, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Friday BEIJING (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 22nd November, 2019) Beijing has vigorously protested the passage of US naval vessels through the South China Sea, claiming that the United States‘ actions have damaged China‘s sovereignty and security considerably, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Friday. Earlier in the week, two US ships…

US warships sail in disputed South China Sea

The US Navy has sailed warships in disputed waters of the South China Sea twice, challenging China’s unilateral sovereignty claim over the area. The navy’s Seventh Fleet told NHK about the latest of what it calls “Freedom of Navigation operations.” It said the littoral combat ship Gabrielle Giffords traveled within 12 nautical miles of the Spratly Islands’ Mischief Reef on Wednesday. It added that on Thursday, the destroyer Wayne E. Meyer sailed near the Paracel Islands. The navy rarely conducts such operations for two straight days. The fleet said China’s…

U.S. warships sail in disputed South China Sea amid tensions

(Adds Chinese foreign ministry comment in paragraphs 11-12) By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON, Nov 21 (Reuters) – U.S. Navy warships twice sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea in the past few days, the U.S. military told Reuters on Thursday, at a time of heightened tension between the world’s two largest economies. The busy waterway is one of a number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, which include a trade war, U.S. sanctions, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Earlier this week during high-level talks, China called on the…

China condemns US navy sail-by in disputed waters

The US Navy regularly conducts “freedom of navigation operations” in the disputed South China Sea, where China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, and Taiwan have competing claims. The US Navy said the USS Gabrielle Giffords littoral combat ship sailed near Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands on Wednesday, and the USS Wayne E. Meyer guided-missile destroyer passed the Paracel Islands on Thursday. “USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) challenged the restrictions on innocent passage imposed by China, Taiwan, and Vietnam and also contested China’s claim to straight baselines enclosing the…

China condemns U.S. navy sail-by in disputed South China Sea

DISPUTED WATERS. This file photo taken on May 5, 2016 shows crew members of China’s South Sea Fleet taking part in a drill in the Xisha Islands, or the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. Stringer/AFP BEIJING, China – China on Friday, November 22, accused the US of “provocative” conduct after two US warships sailed near islands claimed by Beijing this week, adding to tensions between the global powers. The US Navy regularly conducts “freedom of navigation operations” in the disputed South China Sea, where China, Vietnam, the Philippines,…

Vietnam Advances Plan to Protect Disputed Maritime Claims with Stronger Fishing Fleet | Voice of America

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM – Vietnamese boats fish so far outside their territorial waters that authorities in Malaysia and the Philippines sometimes spot them. Now Vietnamese state agencies are falling in line behind a long-term blueprint that analysts say would increase use of their country’s fishing fleet to assert sovereignty over the South China Sea that is contested by five other governments. Plans to strengthen fishing by 2030 follow from a resolution passed last year by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam. The resolution calls for…

South China Sea: Top secret underwater drone tested in disputed waters by Beijing | World | News

The Chinese Academy of Sciences said the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) – dubbed Sea-Whale 2000 – has completed a non-stop 37-day sea trial covering a distance of 1,250 miles. Its mission path remains top-secret but defence analysts said the drone’s range means it could easily cover the Paracel and Spratly islands – claimed by China but also neighbouring Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines – and return to base in Sanya, Hainan. The new generation torpedo-shaped drone is three metres long and weighs 200kg. It is fitted with futuristic…