- US Warship Sails By China-Controlled Islands, Angering Beijing
by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
Following conflicts over trade, technology, and capital markets, tensions between the US and China continue to rise with the latest escalation coming after a US Navy warship sailed near China-claimed islands in the South China Sea on Wednesday. This was the second sailing of a warship near China’s heavily disputed islands under the Biden administration, according to Reuters.
The US Navy’s 7th Fleet’s USS Russell (DDG-59), an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, sailed within 12 nautical miles on a “freedom of navigation operation” (FONOP) of the Spratly Islands, consistent with international law.
“This freedom of navigation operation (“FONOP”) upheld the rights, freedoms and lawful uses of the sea recognized in international law by challenging unlawful restrictions on innocent passage imposed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan,” Lt. Joe Keiley, a spokesman for the US Navy’s 7th Fleet, said in a statement.