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China’s army says US warship illegally entered waters in South China Sea

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A US destroyer illegally entered waters within the South China Sea, the Chinese army mentioned. Meanwhile, an announcement from the US Navy seventh Fleet learn, “The United States will continue to fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows.”

Beijing,UPDATED: Mar 23, 2023 13:58 IST

The guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) transits the Philippine Sea, June 18, 2016 (Credits: AP)

By Reuters: China’s army mentioned on Thursday it had monitored and pushed away a U.S. destroyer that illegally entered waters across the Paracel Islands within the South China Sea.

In an announcement, the army mentioned that the guided-missile destroyer USS Milius intruded into China’s territorial waters, undermining peace and stability within the busy waterway.

“The theater forces will maintain a high state of alert at all times and take all necessary measures to resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and security and peace and stability in the South China Sea,” mentioned Tian Junli, a spokesman for China’s Southern Theatre Command.

The U.S. Navy on Thursday disputed the Chinese army assertion, saying the destroyer is conducting “routine operations” within the South China Sea and was not expelled.

“The United States will continue to fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows,” an announcement from the U.S. Navy seventh Fleet mentioned.

Tension between the United States and China has been rising within the space.

The United States has been shoring up alliances within the Asia-Pacific searching for to counter China’s assertiveness within the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait, as Beijing seeks to advance its territorial claims.

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Mar 23, 2023