South China Sea: US Navy destroyer ‘expelled’ for ‘trespassing’ in Chinese waters | World | News

China’s defence ministry said it banished the vessel after describing the American patrol as an act of “trespass”. The islands, claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam, sit in the middle of the highly contested South China Sea and are regular pawns in the territorial debate. The US Navy’s guided missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer sailed near the Parcels, known as the Xisha in China and Hoang Sa in Vietnam. According to Senior Colonel Li Huamin, spokesman for the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) Southern Theatre Command, the ship sailed “without…

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…

Chinese Ships Must Leave Vietnamese Waters, Hanoi Again Demands

Vietnam renewed calls on China on Thursday to withdraw from waters claimed by Vietnam, saying that the continued presence of the Chinese oil survey ship Haiyang Dizhi 8 and escort vessels in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) violates Vietnam’s sovereign territory. China’s intrusions into Vietnam’s EEZ challenge Vietnam’s jurisdiction and threaten peace and stability in the area, foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said, according to a Sept. 12 report by Vietnam’s online VN Express news service. “For all these reasons, Vietnam demands that China immediately stop this activity…

Remove vessels from Vietnamese waters, China told again

“As Vietnam looks at the issue, Chinese oil survey vessel Haiyang Dizhi 8 and its escorts have continued seriously violating Vietnam’s sovereignty and jurisdiction right in its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf,” she said at a news briefing on Thursday. She said Vietnam’s sovereignty and jurisdiction over the waters are recognized by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) signed in 1982. Vietnam has made its point about the negative impacts caused by the operation of these vessels to the relations of the two nations…

HMS Queen Elizabeth: China warns it would be ‘hostile act’ if Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier enters disputed waters on her first deployment

China has warned Britain that it could be seen as ‘hostile action’ if HMS Queen Elizabeth moves close to the disputed Spratly Islands while on deployment in the region.  The Royal Navy’s future fleet flagship is due to be sent to the Pacific region as part of her first operational mission in 2021, it was announced by former defence secretary Gavin Williamson earlier this year.  HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to be sent to the Pacific on her first operational deployment. Picture: Gary Taw from Lovedean She will also go to…

UK Could Commit ‘Hostile Action’ If HMS Queen Elizabeth Enters Disputed Waters, China Says

Aerial image of the islands in the South China Sea (Picture: US Army). Britain has been warned that HMS Queen Elizabeth’s deployment to the South China Sea could be seen as a “hostile action” if it moves close to the contested Spratly Islands. Speaking at an event in London, China’s Ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming said that deploying the largest aircraft carrier ever built for the Royal Navy may be seen as an aggressive action. “The South China Sea is a vast ocean, it is three million square kilometres wide, we have…

Peace pact aims for smoother waters

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai hold a press conference after their meeting as part of the 52nd Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting 2019 (AMM) at the Centara Grand in Bangkok. Wichan Charoenkiatpakul The Asean-China Ministerial Meeting culminated last month with the early completion of the Single Draft Negotiating Text of the Code of Conduct (CoC) for the South China Sea. The peace pact has been hailed as a beacon of hope for the long-troubled sea, with a bounty of oil and gas, a fishing ground, and…

China Ups The Ante In South China Sea, Giant Crane Vessel Spotted Inside Vietnam-Claimed Waters

China has once again provoked its southerly neighbors in the South China Sea by moving a huge crane vessel near the Vietnamese coast in an area that is within the Vietnamese exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The vessel was tracked by Marine Traffic, a website where information on vessel movement can be found. The crane ship left the Chinese coastal city of Zhanjiang last month and arrived just 90 km off the shore of Quang Ngai, located in the middle of Vietnam’s lengthy eastern coastline facing the South China Sea. Named…