Published on Feb 25, 2016
The US Navy announces plans to increase its operations in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. The head of the US Pacific Command says the sailings involve a US warship coming within 12 nautical miles of islets claimed by China. Admiral Harry Harris says the move is aimed at rebutting Beijing’s assertions of sovereignty. Since October, the US Navy has carried out two such operations in the South China Sea. Tensions have escalated in recent months between Washington and Beijing over the disputed waters. The US accuses China of militarizing the area. The Chinese government blames the US military presence, its deployment of an advanced missile system, and its military drills for the tensions in the region.