China’s navy stated on Monday it “drove away” a U.S. warship that illegally entered Chinese waters close to the Paracel Islands on Monday, the anniversary of a global court docket ruling that Beijing has no declare over the South China Sea.
The USS Benfold entered the waters of the Paracels with out the approval of the Chinese authorities, critically violating China’s sovereignty and undermining the steadiness of the South China Sea, the People’s Liberation Army’s Southern Theatre Command stated.
“We urge the United States to immediately stop such provocative actions,” the Southern Theatre Command stated in an announcement.
The U.S. Navy didn’t instantly remark.
The Paracels are amongst a whole bunch of islands, reefs and atolls within the resources-rich South China Sea contested by China, Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei, with Beijing claiming historic rights to sources inside its so-called nine-dash line, or a lot of the area.
On July 12, 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague dominated that China had no historic title over the South China Sea. It additionally stated China had interfered with conventional Philippine fishing rights at Scarborough Shoal and breached the Philippines’ sovereign rights by exploring for oil and gasoline close to the Reed Bank.
In a written assertion on Sunday, U.S. State Secretary Antony Blinken stated freedom of the seas was an “enduring” curiosity of all nations.
“Nowhere is the rules-based maritime order under greater threat than in the South China Sea,” Blinken stated.
“The People’s Republic of China continues to coerce and intimidate Southeast Asian coastal states, threatening freedom of navigation in this critical global throughway.”
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