Chinese Government Sent Out Warning To US Warship Appearing to Challenge Its Claims in South China Sea

The move comes amid heightened tensions in the region.

The Chinese Government has warned a US Warship to leave its territory at the Spratly Islands on Thursday, citing that the ship is undermining the region’s security.

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The US claims the move was part of their regular “freedom of navigations” operation- the summaries of which will be released at their regular times.

China’s Warning

China has issued a warning against a US Warship that’s reportedly trespassing into Chinese territory, causing a security breach in the region. According to Ren Guoqiang, the spokesman for the defense ministry, China has “undisputable sovereignty” over the area, and that it has “identified, tracked, verified and warned off the ship.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, the US warship patrolled the area around the Mischief Reef, where China built one of their airfields, on Wednesday.

The Journal reported that the US was attempting to tell China of its intentions to keep “critical sea lanes open.” This was a demonstration of the US’s “freedom of navigation” operations in order to display its right to sail through international airspace and waters.

In contradiction, Trump’s administration had previously refused a request from the US Pacific Command to conduct a “freedom of navigation operation.” The Defense Department in the US refused to comment on the incident, saying: “US forces operate in the Asia-Pacific region on a daily basis, including in the South China Sea.”

The spokesman also said that its annual summary of their operations will be released at their regular times “and not sooner.”

The China South Sea

Most of the China South Sea, among the world’s most busy shipping routes, belongs to China. The Chinese government has also increased military security in that region- building artificial outposts there.

“The Chinese military is resolutely opposed to US behavior which boosts regional militarization and makes accidents more likely. China has already made solemn representations to the US side,” Ren added.