The Chinese Navy ordered, this Friday (5), an American warship to leave a disputed area in the ocean China, Announced the government of the Asian country. This is the first time that this has happened since the inauguration The us, Joe Biden.
American ship, according to China USS John S. McCain Xisha entered the territorial waters of the island without authorization. This archipelago, also known as the Paracel Islands, is Often the subject of exchange of charges on both sides.
“The Navy and Air Force closely followed and ordered the situation [ao navio americano] Leave the region, “the military said in a brief statement, and accused the United States of” severely violating China’s sovereignty “and” threatening regional peace. “
In a statement, the US Navy denied the version given by the Chinese government. Lt. James Adams, spokesman for the Pacific Fleet, said the ship was “never expelled from the territory of another country”.
“The American destroyer carried out this action of freedom of navigation according to international law and continued its normal operations in international waters,” he concluded.
Map: Paracel Islands – Photo: G1 World
China claims almost every island in the South China Sea and often complains about operations in the region, a scene of influence conflict with the United States.
Several neighboring countries such as the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam also question some Chinese claims in the region, which is a major route for world maritime trade.
China considers foreign navigation in these waters an attack on its sovereignty, while the United States and other countries consider the region to be related to international waters and is open to all.
On Thursday, China condemned the passage of this warship across the sea, which separates Taiwan from mainland China.
American ships often pass through this strait, causing resentment in China, which considers the island a part of its territory.
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