Why the US Navy sails past disputed artificial islands claimed by China

(WASHINGTON) — Two U.S. Navy destroyers sailed within 12 miles of Chinese-claimed artificial islands in the South China Sea on Monday, and, as expected, the operation drew swift condemnation from China. A defense official said Monday’s transit did not involve any unprofessional or unsafe actions on the part of Chinese military ships in the area. But that was not the case last October, when the destroyer USS Decatur had to take evasive maneuvers to avoid colliding with a Chinese warship that came within 45 yards of its bow. Why does…

China Expresses ‘Strong Dissatisfaction’ After U.S. Warships Sail near Spratly Islands

President Donald Trump gestures near Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the White House The USS McCampbell destroyer conducted a “freedom of navigation” operation within 12 nautical miles of the Paracel Islands five weeks ago to “challenge excessive maritime claims“, according to the Pacific Fleet, which Beijing also protested. The two warships entered China’s territorial seas around the Nansha Islands without permission from the Chinese government, ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily news briefing. Two US Navy destroyers conducted a freedom-of-navigation operation in the South China Sea on…

US destroyers sail near disputed Spratly Islands in South China Sea amid trade tensions

WASHINGTON: Two US warships sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Monday (Feb 11), a US official told Reuters, in a move that is likely to anger Beijing at a time of tense relations between the world’s two biggest economies. Beijing and Washington are locked in a trade war and the two sides are trying to hammer out a deal ahead of a Mar 1 deadline when US tariffs on US$200 billion worth of Chinese imports are scheduled to increase to 25 per cent from 10…

Taiwanese spymaster looks back on killing that led to end of island’s martial law

With a head of grey hair and a pair of gold-rimmed glasses, the casually dressed Chen Fu-men looks like a grandfather next door. But in intelligence circles on the two rival sides of the Taiwan Strait, he is a well-known figure. Chen’s involvement in the killing of a Taiwanese-American author 35 years ago shocked the United States, which angrily demanded that the self-ruled island hand over Chen and two others to the American justice system. The assassination also became one of the triggers for democratisation on the self-ruled island, which…

US Navy sails past contested islands in South China Sea amid U.S.-China tensions

Two US officials told CNN that the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur sailed within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson reefs in the Spratly Islands as part of what the US Navy calls “freedom of navigation operations,” which are meant to enforce the right of free passage in international waters. “US Forces operate in the Indo-Pacific region on a daily basis, including the South China Sea. All operations are designed in accordance with international law and demonstrate that the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows,”…

Vietnam demands that China remove military jamming equipment from Spratly Islands

Vietnam’s foreign ministry spokesperson said Tuesday that China has seriously violated Vietnam’s sovereignty by installing military jamming equipment on outposts in Truong Sa, Spratly Islands off the South China Sea, commonly known as the East Sea in Vietnam. Le Thi Thu Hang told the press that the establishment of China’s electronic warfare equipment to cause radio jamming on Mischief Reef and Fiery Cross on Truong Sa goes against international conventions and Vietnam requested the northern neighbor to remove the system. She also told the press that China has repeatedly acted counter to international rules with its…

China Builds Rescue Centers, Hospitals, And Observatories In Artificial Spratly Islands : China : Business Times

China continues its expansion in the South China Sea with additional facilities now being built. According to the country’s Ministry of Transport, a new maritime rescue center has now been completed on Fiery Cross Reef. The center was built to serve the entire Spratly Islands, or better known in China as the Nanshas. The area is being developed to become the biggest logistics hub for the country. The country has also stationed a number of rescue ships around the islands, including the Nanhaijiu-115 rescue ship. With the completion of the…

China opens maritime rescue base in disputed Spratly Islands | #AsiaNewsNetwork

China’s Ministry of Transport opened the new facility on Kagitingan Reef (Fiery Cross Reef), known to Beijing as Yongshu Reef, Xinhua said in a report on Tuesday. “The center will offer better support to maritime rescue operations in the southern part of the South China Sea,” the ministry was quoted as saying. Xinhua also reported that it deployed another rescue ship on Zamora Reef (Subi) last October, to replace the first one it deployed in July. China earlier announced that it would permanently station a search-and-rescue ship at Panganiban Reef.…