China has ‘stern’ words with U.S. over ship in South China Sea

November 30, 2018

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Friday it had lodged “stern representations” with the United States after the U.S. Navy sailed a ship through the contested South China Sea, passing near islands claimed by China.

Tension between the two powers in disputed Asian waters comes as their relationship has between strained by a row over trade involving increasingly severe rounds of tariffs on billions of dollars worth of each other’s imports.

The U.S. guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville sailed near the Paracel Islands on Monday to challenge China’s “excessive maritime claims”, the U.S. Pacific fleet said in a statement.

China foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, told a daily news briefing the U.S. ship had entered Chinese waters without permission and China had made its position known with its “stern representations”.

The Chinese army said it had sent ships and planes to watch the U.S. ship and to warn it to leave.

The Chancellorsville’s voyage was the latest in what the United States calls freedom of navigation operations aimed at challenging what it sees as Chinese activity limiting freedom of movement in the strategic waters.

In particular, the United States has criticized China’s construction of islands on tiny reefs and shoals and its installation of military facilities on them, including air strips and docks.

China claims “irrefutable” sovereignty over most of the South China Sea and the islands in it, and accuses the United States of raising military tension with its navy presence there.

Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam all claim parts of the waterway, through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes each year. Taiwan also claims the waters.

(This version of the story was refiled to remove extraneous word “said” from paragraph one)

Reporting by Christian Shepherd; Editing by Robert Birsel

Source: Reuters “China has ‘stern’ words with U.S. over ship in South China Sea”

Note: This is Reuters’ report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.

7 Comments on “China has ‘stern’ words with U.S. over ship in South China Sea”

  1. Simon says:

    No more American navy port visit to HK for Xmas this year.


  2. Joseph says:

    USS Chancellorsville? What the heck? It is not leaking oil, is it? Where is USS Ronald Reagan? Is tongue of Reagan’s commander still numb from all the sucking up they did to PLA dignitaries in HK? Western media said the Reagan, which was rather smooching the PLA guests than threatening, was a ‘strong message to China’ over the SCS. And now the American is sending and old under-maintained Chancellorsville instead? Hello!!! The Reagan was supposed to be the message, and what they did was playing hooker ship in HK and slip away quietly? Not even bother to patrol the SCS at all? Does the American have any dignity left at a? I was expecting that American ‘major’ show of force they talked so much, but all the American can afford is a major show of rusting scrap metal ships? I hope China means it when they said it is a stern warning. Next time, just torpedo ’em. Or better, have old cargo ships ready to ram them. It’s much cheaper. Both American warships and old cargo ships are good only for artificial reef anyway.


    • Steve says:

      Ramming is better. Torpedo is too much stealth for an outdated rusty.


      • kommonsense says:

        i’ve had this thought for about a year now, and it gets stronger with each americunt intrusion: china should have a fleet of styrofoam filled barges painted with trump’s face on its bow , ready to ram the white vermin back on course. as i’ve said b4–violence is the only language the white man understands.

        one sight of these huge vessels will scare the barbarians off.


    • Simon says:

      A Chinese fishing boat could ram the Chancellorsville and sink it and it will embarrass America to have their crew rescued and detained by Chinese navy.


    • Simon says:

      Maybe the port visit to HK was because the American want to show the Chinese military officials around the USS Ronald Reagon in anticipation of trying to make a sale of the ship to reduce the trade deficit?


      • Steve says:

        China will never buy a US carrier, its an insult to Chinese inventiveness. Professor Ma Weiming electromagnetic catapult is 10 years more advanced than the US ones.