World

China Protests US Navy Sailing near South China Sea Claims

China Protests US Navy Sailing near South China Sea Claims

On Tuesday, three US officials confirmed that a US Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea.

The warning from Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Wednesday came a day after USA guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee sailed within 16 nautical miles of the Paracel Islands, which are claimed by Beijing, Taipei and Hanoi. China immediately dispatched military vessels and aircraft for identification and warned the USA ship to leave, ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular briefing.

The Paracel Islands are among a number of islets, reefs and shoals over which China and its neighbors have competing claims. "The US vessel action violated Chinese laws and relevant worldwide laws, undermined China's sovereignty and security interests", Hua said.

She said China had lodged "stern representations" with the United States, and urged Washington to respect Beijing's sovereignty and security interests.

The US "stirs up trouble" and runs "in the opposite direction from countries in the region who aspire for stability, cooperation and development", a statement from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said at the time.




"China will continue to take resolute measures to protect Chinese sovereign territory and maritime interests". Twelve nautical miles mark internationally recognised territorial limits. Sailing within that range is meant to show the United States does not recognise territorial claims there.

Next month, Trump makes his first visit to Asia as president, including a stop in China, which he has been pressuring to do more to rein in North Korea.

Expressing firm opposition to the USA move, Hua said China will continue to take resolute measures to protect its territorial sovereignty and maritime interests. China is North Korea's neighbour and biggest trading partner.

"Through repeated freedom-of-navigation operations in the South China Sea, the USA military is underlining its presence in the region and sending a message to other countries and its allies that it will stay in the region", China Academy of Social Sciences researcher Tao Wenzhao said.

All or parts of the sea are also claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam, which has led to intense territorial disputes and naval standoffs.


  • Best Known Analyst's Ratings for: Barrick Gold Corporation (ABX)

    Advisors Asset Management Inc. increased its position in shares of Barrick Gold Corporation by 116.4% during the second quarter. Other large investors also recently modified their holdings of the company. ( NYSE:PQ ), 5 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 5 Hold.
    Turkey presses USA  to reverse visa suspensions

    Turkey presses USA to reverse visa suspensions

    President Donald Trump. "We do not see him as a U.S. representative in Turkey ", Erdogan said. The U.S. has said the arrest charge was baseless.
    Conor McGregor & WWE

    Conor McGregor & WWE "Close" On Deal For WrestleMania Appearance

    All the more exciting is that it seems as though the UFC lightweight unification will go ahead sooner rather than later. The new interim lightweight champion's eccentricity outside of the Octagon is matched by his creativity inside it.
  • Somerville officer, a Tewksbury resident, dies from crash injuries

    Somerville officer, a Tewksbury resident, dies from crash injuries

    Somerville police officer Louis Remigio died on Monday night after a motor vehicle crash on I-95, according to the department. Remigio received multiple awards and numerous commendations, the mayor and chief said.
    ESPN's Wilbon Compares Jerry Jones to Slaveowner Over NFL Protests

    ESPN's Wilbon Compares Jerry Jones to Slaveowner Over NFL Protests

    Jones didn't mince words when he said, "If there's anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play". Meanwhile, Archer reported a field agent will be tasked with investigating Local 100's allegations.
    CHURCHILL MANAGEMENT Corp Buys 30410 Shares of General Electric Company (GE)

    CHURCHILL MANAGEMENT Corp Buys 30410 Shares of General Electric Company (GE)

    Fuller & Thaler Asset Management Inc. holds 0.52% of its portfolio in AG Mortgage Investment Trust Inc for 2.17 million shares. It dropped, as 85 investors sold GE shares while 816 reduced holdings. 111 funds opened positions while 598 raised stakes.
  • Airtel announces 4G smarthphone for an effective price of ₹1399

    Airtel announces 4G smarthphone for an effective price of ₹1399

    Airtel will provide total cash benefit to Rs1,500-Rs500 will be given after 18 months and another Rs1,000 after 36 months. It sports a 4-inch WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) display on the front and is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core processor.
    Bigg Boss 11: Complaint filed against Salman Khan by evicted contestant

    Bigg Boss 11: Complaint filed against Salman Khan by evicted contestant

    Salman sternly rebuked him for the fact that Zubair had been constantly using inappropriate language in the house against women. Later, Salman announced that Zubair got the least number of votes and therefore, was eliminated and won't be coming back.
    Google Home Mini bug could make it record audio 24/7

    Google Home Mini bug could make it record audio 24/7

    The software fix prevents the activation of the speaker with a touch, which was a feature meant to offer options for activation. A reviewer noticed something problematic about his Google Home Mini , something it wasn't supposed to be doing at all.
  • Pens: Trip to White House not political

    Pens: Trip to White House not political

    Trump and Tillerson were scheduled to have lunch on Tuesday at the White House with defense secretary Jim Mattis. Penguins Head Coach Mike Sullivan said his team was aware of the controversy.
    Supreme Court dismisses 1 of 2 travel ban cases

    Supreme Court dismisses 1 of 2 travel ban cases

    One judge has already scheduled a hearing for Monday on a request to block Trump's new order before it kicks in next week. The lawyer dismissed the case in a way which preserved the appeals court ruling against the ban rather than vacating it.
    Florida unveils scaly uniforms for game against Texas A&M

    Florida unveils scaly uniforms for game against Texas A&M

    During that matchup five years ago, Florida downed A&M, 20-17. "The Swamp" was named by former coach Steve Spurrier. The helmet , trousers and socks are rendered in the same color, but without the gator-skin treatment.