US Battleship Casts Around South China Sea Territory Claimed by China

Pentagon informed that an American battleship has cast off around the water of contended Spratly Islands of South China Sea, as the current inferential challenge to the comprehensive territorial claims of Beijing in the region.

An official told AFP, “Guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur conducted a freedom of navigation operation. Decatur sailed within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson reefs in the Spratly islands. ”

According to the officials, “ all the US military operations in the area are designed in accordance with international law and demonstrate that the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows.”

Oftenly, the 12-mile distance authorized as aggregating the territorial waters of landings. All of the Spratly territories are claimed by Beijing.

Though China had not reacted immediately, in July an equivalent US operation entangling the contended Paracel Island, instigated an inflamed Beijing to unfold the fighter jets and military vessels.

In the North of the Spratly Island, the Paracels are contended by Taiwan, Vietnam and China.

The assorted missile destroyer USS Dewey cast less than 12 nautical moles to form the reef of the Spratly archipelago.

China contends around all of the South China Sea, although Brunei, Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam and Malaysia all claim the parts of this archipelago.

Additionally inflaming those all countries along with the US, Beijing has stepped forward desperately to build reefs in the artificial islands which will be capable to host the military planes.

Since 2017, while, Donald Trump became president, the bilateral relationship between China and US have been stiffed in multiple levels. Trump has inflamed Beijing launching a trade war along with his approval of $1.3 billion arms selling to Taiwan, which is considered by China as a rebel territory.

by Haimantee Ghosh on October 1, 2018

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