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Thursday, 10 August 2017 10:35

US Navy Destroyer challenges China’s claims in South China Sea

Written by  Reuters

WASHINGTON, Aug 10 – A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a “freedom of navigation operation” on Thursday, coming within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials told Reuters.

The operation came as President Donald Trump’s administration seeks Chinese cooperation in dealing with North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs and could complicate efforts to secure a common stance.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USS John S. McCain traveled close to Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals.

China has territorial disputes with its neighbors over the area.

It was the third “freedom of navigation operation” or “fonop” conducted during Trump’s presidency. Neither China’s defence ministry nor its foreign ministry immediately responded to a request for comment.

The operation was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing’s efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, and comes as Trump is seeking China’s cooperation to rein in North Korea.

Tensions have risen recently after North Korea carried out two nuclear tests last year and two ICBM tests last month, prompting a strong round of U.N. sanctions which angered Pyongyang who threatened to teach the United States a “severe lesson”.

Trump in turn responded by warning North Korea it would face “fire and fury” if it further threatened the United States.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued a stark warning to North Korea on Wednesday, telling Pyongyang that it should stop any actions that would lead to the “end of its regime and the destruction of its people.”

The Trump administration has vowed to conduct more robust South China Sea operations.

Experts and officials have criticized President Barack Obama for potentially reinforcing China’s claims by sticking to innocent passage, in which a warship effectively recognized a territorial sea by crossing it speedily without stopping.

China’s claims in the South China Sea, through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes each year are contested by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.

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Who else is President S**t-Bird going to pick a fight with? With sea levels rising due to global warming, those Chinamen on those reefs are going to wish they had webbed feet. And if a Tsunami comes along, they'll wish they had gills, too.

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DanandWilma Gaffney Written by DanandWilma Gaffney
August 12, 2017
Don't be such a complete idiot to believe the liberal BS news telling you what to think. China has violated a Countries soverity that it has no right to, even according to the worthless UN. China reluctance to reign in North Korea is on their heads as they can control that puppet regime. We, the US have been dealing with these dictators for 40 years aND gotten nowhere except to encourage them to fight against us for concessions. Time to stop this BS and force, yes force them to compitulate or suffer the consequenses.
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Joseph R. Davis Written by Joseph R. Davis
August 12, 2017
Typical response from LeeRoy and Daisy Mae. "We iz gonna kick dem Chinamens' ass." Of course the Chinese military doesn't see it that way. AND...they've been planning for war with the US for decades.

This signifies nothing. Only returning China to the "Law of the Sea" by force of Arms will avail

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China is interested in the remote spots off of its coast for the minerals under the sea and not so much for the land areas. Their claimed borders which extend some 200 miles from their coast are bogus claims.

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President Trump can juggle more then one ball at a time. (As opposed to Obama who dropped all the balls.)

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The U.S. needs to counter China's claims to the South China Sea. Appeasement ALWAYS results in imperialists expanding territory, and eventually leads to war. As to Chinese cooperation in reining in North Korea, it will be patently obvious to them that a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula would, almost certainly, eventually involve China. It is in their own self-interest to stop the nut in Pyongyang before he starts a war.

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JayCee Scott Written by JayCee Scott
August 10, 2017
But what will China want in return ? ? ?
That is the burr under the saddle.

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