US forces regularly operate in the South China Sea
The day after sailing through the Taiwan Strait, the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain conducted a freedom of navigation operation near the disputed Paracel Islands, overshadowed by Chinese warships.
All conversations were safe and professional, officials told Granthshala News. US forces operate in the South China Sea on a daily basis, as they have for more than a century.
It is the first freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea since President Biden took office.
“Illegal and widespread maritime claims in the South China Sea pose a serious threat to the freedom of the ocean, including navigation and overflight, free trade and unfettered commerce and freedom of economic opportunity for maritime nations of the South China Sea,” fleet spokesperson Includes Lieutenant Joe Kelly Said in a statement. “The United States maintains freedom of navigation as a principle.”
“As long as some countries continue to claim maritime claims that are inconsistent with international law as reflected in the 1982 Law of the Seas Act and to illegally restrict guaranteed rights and freedoms to all states, the United States Will continue to defend those people. Rights and freedoms, “Kelly said.
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Kelly noted that the Paracel Islands is a fierce region with China, Taiwan and Vietnam claiming sovereignty. All three claimants require permission or advanced notice before “innocent passage” through the sea.
Passing through the area without prior notice or permission is intended as a challenge to the “unlawful ban” imposed by each country.
The journey does not pass without notice, however. Beijing had long been angered by the US Navy’s freedom of navigation operations across the Taiwan Strait and navigation in the South China Sea.
Chinese warships carried out “according to international law” during a “routine operation” via the Taiwan Strait on Thursday. McCain first passed through the Tawain Strait on New Year’s Eve.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Thursday that Beijing is watching US naval movements amid warfighting operations, according to a report by the South China Morning Post.
“China will maintain a high level of vigilance at all times, respond to all threats and provocations at all times and fully defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Wenbin said. “It is hoped that the United States will play a constructive role in regional peace and stability, not the other way around.”