Chinese warship in 'unsafe and unprofessional' encounter with U.S. destroyer

05 October, 2018, 00:09 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Maneuvered to prevent collision’ Chinese destroyer chases USS Decatur in South China Sea

Global law says states can claim territorial seas up to a limit of 12 nautical miles but the USA sails within that distance to show that it does not recognise China's claims. "Captains get very nervous when ships get closer than 1,000 yards (915 metres)", said Schuster, who now lectures at Hawaii Pacific University.

The Chinese warship approached the USS Decatur in an "unsafe and unprofessional manoeuvre" on Sunday near Gaven Reefs in the South China Sea, said Lt. -Cmdr.

"US Navy ships and aircraft operate throughout the Indo-Pacific routinely, including in the South China Sea", the statement continued. China has reclaimed 3,200 of acres of land in the features and built ports, runways and other military infrastructure.

"China's military is resolutely opposed to this."The operation comes at a time of tense relations between Washington and China with both sides being involved in a harsh trade dispute".

It was previously reported that the USS Decatur sailed within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson reefs through territory claimed by China, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

In a statement, the Chinese Ministry of Defense said that its ship had "given a warning to leave" to the vessel after it entered the area "without permission".

Beijing claims all of the Spratly chain as part of its sweeping claims across much of the South China Sea.

The Chinese military has also repeatedly issued warnings to United States and other foreign aircraft that approach its contested islands, many of which have been armed with missiles and other weapons systems.


The Decatur incident represented at least the second time this year that the usa has accused the Chinese navy of acting unprofessionally.

Washington has said the aim is to reject what it considers excessive maritime claims by any country.

Just a few days before the near collision of two destroyers, and just after the US Air Force flew multiple strategic bombers overhead, Chinese warplanes conducted live-fire exercises between the rocky outcrops.

China has canceled two high-level security meetings with United States defense officials in the past week as tensions between the usa and China rise.

There was no immediate comments from China. They happen all over the world. Xi, who told President Barack Obama in 2015 that he would not militarize the artificial islands, has now clearly broken his promise as Chinese military bases, runways, and even nuclear plants, in global, Vietnamese, and Philippine territory continue to spring up monthly on the man-made land.

Neither side has showed signs of giving up, and there are no trade negotiations scheduled to end the commercial battle.

At a news conference last week, President Donald Trump said his often-mentioned friendship with Chinese leader Xi Jinping may have come to an end.

That order previous year amounted to $505 billion.

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