Chinese Military Warns Off US Warship and Keeps Alert to Situation
(Source: China Military Online; issued Jan 07, 2019)
The US Navy destroyer USS McCampbell sailed near disputed islands in the South China Sea, in what China called a "provocation" and the US called a Freedom of Navigation operation, as talks opened in Beijing to resolve a bitter trade war. (USN photo)
BEIJING --- Naval and air forces of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Southern Theater Command conducted whole-process monitoring of a US warship that had trespassed into Chinese territorial waters off the Xisha Islands without permission, and warned it to leave, a spokesperson of the Southern Theater Command said on Monday.

The USS McCampbell, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer of the US Navy, trespassed on Monday into Chinese territorial waters off the Xisha Islands without permission of the Chinese government. The PLA Southern Theater Command soon sent naval ships and aircraft to identify and warn off the US warship.

Senior colonel Li Huamin said in a statement that China has indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea islands and their adjacent waters, and the provocation of the US warship has infringed China's sovereignty, is a grave violation of Chinese law and relevant international law and is also a grave threat to regional peace and stability.

"We urge the US side to immediately cease such provocative actions. The PLA Southern Theater Command will remain on high alert, closely monitor relevant maritime and air situations and resolutely safeguard China's sovereignty and security," he said.

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US Navy Ship Sails In Disputed South China Sea Amid US-China Trade Talks In Beijing (excerpt)
(Source: Australian Broadcasting Corp. News; posted Jan 07, 2019)
A US guided-missile destroyer sailed near disputed islands in the South China Sea in what China called a "provocation", as US officials joined talks in Beijing during a truce in a bitter trade war.

The USS McCampbell carried out a "freedom of navigation" operation, sailing within 12 nautical miles of the Paracel Island chain "to challenge excessive maritime claims", Pacific Fleet spokeswoman Rachel McMarr said in an emailed statement.

The operation was not about any one country or to make a political statement, Ms McMarr said.

The statement came as trade talks between China and the United States were under way in Beijing, the first round of face-to-face discussions since both sides agreed to a 90-day truce in a trade war that has roiled international markets.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the conduct of the US ship had violated Chinese and international law, and China had lodged "stern representations".

"We urge the United States to immediately cease this kind of provocation," he said, adding that China had sent military ships and aircraft to identify and warn off the ship. (end of excerpt)


Click here for the full story, on the ABC News website.

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