Beijing: “US ship illegally entered our waters”

Beijing: “US ship illegally entered our waters”

The US destroyer, which sailed near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, was turned away by the military

Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Arthur Rosen/U.S. Navy via AP

A US destroyer sailed today near the disputed Paracel Islands (Chinese name Xisha) in the South China Sea, arousing the ire of Beijing, which said its military “turned away” the ship after illegally entering territorial waters.

The United States routinely carries out what it calls freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea in defiance of what it says are innocent passage restrictions imposed by China and other plaintiffs.

For China, the US destroyer entered “illegally” in the territorial waters of the Xisha islands without the approval of the Beijing government and “naval and air forces have organized to follow, monitor and warn him to leave”.

The operation – reads a note from the Southern Command of the People’s Liberation Army signed by spokesman Tian Junli – has “seriously violated” the sovereignty and security of China and “seriously undermined” peace and stability in the China Sea. Southern.

The US transit comes the day after the sixth anniversary of the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, which denied China any historical and legal right on the South China Sea, and which was never recognized by Beijing.

Yesterday, the same US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, recalled the decision of the arbitral tribunal, stressing that Chinese claims on about 90% of the South China Sea “have no foundation in international law”.