China lashes out as U.S. Navy destroyer sails near disputed islands — Radio Free Asia

A U.S. Navy Freedom of Navigation Operation (FONOP) near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on Wednesday has drawn a strong reaction from Chinese military officials who said the U.S. warship “illegally trespassed” into its waters. A spokesman from the Southern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), whose areas of responsibility include the South China Sea, said in a press release that the command “organized air, naval forces to track and warn away USS Benfold destroyer that illegally trespassed into Chinese territorial waters off Xisha Islands.”…

China fumes over U.S. Navy destroyer’s patrol in disputed South China Sea

Beijing — The U.S. Navy on Wednesday sailed a destroyer close to China-controlled islands in the South China Sea. Washington said the patrol was aimed at asserting freedom of navigation through the strategic seaway, virtually all of which China claims as its territorial waters. The guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold sailed past the Paracel Islands and continued thereafter with operations in the South China Sea. The operation “upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea,” the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet said in a news release. The U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class…

US Navy ship again sails near disputed South China Sea islands

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65), forward-deployed to the US 7th Fleet area of operations, conducts underway operations in the South China Sea, in this handout picture released on July 13, 2022. (Photo: Reuters) BEIJING: A United States Navy destroyer sailed near the disputed Spratly Islands on Saturday, the US Navy said, its second such “freedom of navigation” operation in a week in the South China Sea. On Wednesday, China’s military said it had “driven away” the same ship, the USS Benfold, when it sailed near the disputed…

In the South China Sea, even the name is disputed — Radio Free Asia

What’s in a name? When it comes to the South China Sea, with its tangle of competing territorial and maritime claims, more than you might think. Philippine vice president and presidential hopeful Leni Robredo found that to her cost last week when she drew criticism for using “South China Sea” instead of the local, officially endorsed name, “the West Philippine Sea.” “Whoa, South China Sea???”- one person tweeted. “Wait! Did she just call it “South China Sea” instead of West Philippine Sea? Basic terms, mam!”- another posted. Robredo’s slip of…

South China Sea law enforcement ship unveiled as Beijing seeks to tighten control over disputed waters

China said it has built a law enforcement ship for the South China Sea as Beijing seeks to tighten its grip on the hotly contested waters. The vessel was handed over to law enforcement agencies responsible for administering the waters on Wednesday, its constructor Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group announced on its website. It said the ship, the Sansha Zhi Fa 101, is equipped with “specialised law enforcement equipment and a helicopter landing platform” and will be mainly responsible for patrolling and supervising waters under the jurisdiction of Sansha city. Do…

China lashes out as US Navy destroyer sails near disputed islands — BenarNews

A U.S. Navy Freedom of Navigation Operation near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea drew a strong reaction on Wednesday from Chinese military officials who said the American warship had “illegally trespassed” into its waters. A spokesman from the Southern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), whose areas of responsibility include the South China Sea, said in a press release that the command “organized air, naval forces to track and warn away USS Benfold destroyer that illegally trespassed into Chinese territorial waters off Xisha islands.” Xisha…

China accuses US of using disputed waters for own gain

MANILA, Philippines — China again slammed the United States for trying to “stir up trouble and drive a wedge” between countries using the South China Sea dispute for its own political gain.  This comes after the US Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro in a recent interview warned that any aggressor violating the sovereignty of other countries within the Southeast Asian region may face Washington’s military. He added that they even zeroed in on the disputed waters despite the pandemic.  But However, China said it “strongly deplores and firmly…

China is relentlessly trying to peel away Japan’s resolve on disputed islands

Think of how Beijing built up islands in the South China Sea and then fortified them, eventually establishing what the former head of the US Pacific Command in 2018 called a “Great Wall of SAMs,” — surface-to-air missiles — on islands that years earlier Chinese leader Xi Jinping had pledged not to militarize. “Relevant construction activities that China is undertaking in the Nansha (Spratly) islands do not target or impact any country, and China does not intend to pursue militarization,” Xi told former US President Barack Obama at the White…