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US Navy Destroyer Sails In South China Sea Amid Chinese Combat Drills

US Navy Destroyer Sails In South China Sea Amid Chinese Combat Drills US Navy Destroyer Sails In South China Sea Amid Chinese Combat Drills
Patty Aguilar | 24 March, 2018, 09:27

China refused to recognise an global tribunal ruling in 2016 that invalidated its claim over most of the resource-rich South China Sea. The Air Force has also conducted heavy bomber flights over the disputed South China Sea.

"Freedom of navigation", encoded as article 87 (1) a of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, is a principle of customary worldwide law that says operations carried out by a ship that bears the flag of a sovereign state, will not be interfered with by any other state, barring certain specified exceptions.

A USA guided-missile destroyer carried out a freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) near an artificial island controlled by China on Friday.

US Navy patrols of the South China Sea aimed at contesting China's territorial expansionism are commonplace despite the of disapproval of the PLP.

"We ask the U.S.to respect the sovereignty and security of China, respect the will of countries in the region, who want peace, stability and tranquility, and not to make trouble out of nothing", he said, adding that further "provocation would only drive the Chinese military to continue to improve its defense capabilities".

On Friday, the USS Mustin sailed close to Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, an island chain also claimed by the Philippines, a U.S. defense official told CNN.

Ni Lexiong, a Shanghai-based military expert, believed the USA had deliberately timed the challenge to Beijing - sailing near its outpost - for the same day China hit back at America's punitive tariffs.

The U.S. military put countering China and Russian Federation at the center of a new national defense strategy recently unveiled.

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It said the drills are "a routine part of the navy's annual training plan" meant to boost troops' training and hone their combat capabilities.

China's navy will carry out combat drills in the South China Sea, the military's official newspaper said on Friday, calling the move part of regular annual exercises.

Earlier this week, Taiwan's defense ministry said it shadowed a Chinese aircraft carrier group travelling in a southwesterly direction in the Taiwan Strait.

The latest operation is believed to be the sixth FONOP the U.S. Navy has conducted in the South China Sea since President Donald took office.

Britain last month said one of its warships would pass through the South China Sea to assert freedom-of-navigation rights.

Correction: The story has been corrected to state that U.S. defense officials confirmed the operation Friday.

The guided-missile destroyer, the USS Dewey sailed within 12 nautical miles of the artificial Mischief Reef in the South China Sea's Spratly Islands at the time.

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