Accusation by China: U.S. warship violated border in the South China Sea

The tension between China and the United States has intensified, resulting in disputes in the South China Sea. The Chinese military claims that the US warship trespassed its territorial waters, but the US denies this provocation. The reasons for the dispute and what each party says are not clear. The Xisha Islands in the South China Sea are disputed over by China, Taiwan, and Vietnam. China has engaged in construction and development on these islands. The United States and Japan recently held joint maritime training, during which the US military sent the Milius to conduct tactical military training with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force. This article is protected by copyright law, and no use is permitted without special authorization from Deutsche Welle.




China accuses U.S. warship of trespassing in South China Sea


24.03.2023

Tensions between China and the United States have intensified, and disputes in the South China Sea have resumed. On Thursday (24th), the Chinese military claimed that a U.S. warship trespassed in its territorial waters; the Chinese Foreign Ministry called it a provocation, while the U.S. refuted the Chinese claim. What happened? What do the two sides say?

(Voice of Deutsche Welle Chinese Network) Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s southern theater spokesman Tian Junli said on Thursday (March 23) that the US guided missile destroyer USS Milius “illegally intruded into China’s Xisha territorial waters” On the same day, he refuted the Chinese statement.

Tian Junli said that the U.S. warship trespassed in China’s Xisha waters “undermining the peace and stability of the South China Sea region.”

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The U.S. Navy disputed the Chinese statement on the same day, saying that the U.S. warship was only conducting “routine operations” and had not been expelled. “The United States will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows,” the U.S. Seventh Fleet statement said.

The picture shows the USS Milius (DDG69) docked at the port of Manila, Philippines in 2012.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin condemned the U.S. on the same day, saying: “The U.S. should immediately stop such provocative and infringing actions.”

According to a Archyde.com report on the 23rd, tensions between China and the United States in the South China Sea have been rising, while the United States is strengthening relations with allies in the Asia-Pacific region to counter China as Beijing seeks to advance its territorial claims.

Xisha controversy

China and the United States have had several disputes in the Xisha area,July last yearThe Chinese military also stated that the USS Benfold trespassed in the area and was driven away. The U.S. military also refuted it, stating that the U.S. purpose is to safeguard the freedom of navigation and the legal right to use the sea endowed by international law.

The United States said at the time that “as long as some countries continue to claim and advocate restrictions beyond their international law authorization, the United States will continue to defend the rights and freedoms of the seas enjoyed by all people.”

In January last year, the Benfu also entered the watersThe Chinese side has expressed strong dissatisfaction with this, and stated that the Xisha Islands are Chinese territory. According to the “Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Territorial Sea and the Contiguous Zone”, the actions of the US side were not the “freedom of navigation” it claimed, but “infringement of China’s sovereignty and endangering the South China Sea.” serious provocation to peace and stability”.

The U.S. warship Benfu entered the Xisha waters early last year and in July, causing dissatisfaction in China (file photo).

The issue of the ownership of the Xisha Islands is also one of the disputes over the sovereignty of the South China Sea. Taiwan and Vietnam both claim their sovereignty. China and Vietnam even broke out the Xisha naval battle in 1974 because of this. China has actually engaged in construction and development on the islands in the area.

According to a Taiwan Central News Agency report on the 23rd, when the United States and Japan held joint maritime training recently, the US military sent the Milius to conduct tactical military training with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force.

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Tensions between China and the United States continue to escalate, with disputes in the South China Sea resuming. The recent altercation in which the Chinese military accused a US warship of trespassing in its territorial waters highlights the ongoing territorial disputes in the region. While China accused the US of being provocative, the US refuted these claims and cited routine operations as their reason for being in the region. The ongoing dispute over the Xisha Islands is just one example of the sovereignty disputes in the South China Sea. As tensions continue to rise, it remains to be seen what actions each side will take in the future.

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