The Chinese military says on Thursday that the destroyer of the U.S. Navy entered the waters of the People’s Republic of China illegally in the South China Sea. The U.S. Navy denied the allegations, saying USS Curtis Wilbur had been “evacuated from any territory” by Chinese forces.
This is the latest in a series of clashes between the United States and China over Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea. The US military says Curtis Wilbur destroyer entered the waters of the People’s Republic of China without permission but was “expelled” by Chinese troops.
The Chinese ship said in a statement that it was violating China’s sovereignty and undermining peace and stability in the region.
U.S. According to the VII Navy, the destroyer has legally exercised its freedom of navigation in international waters near the Paracel Islands. Complaints for these islands are made not only by the communist people of the Republic of China, but also by Vietnam and Taiwan, which consider themselves an independent country.
The U.S. Navy responded to the Chinese military statement by saying that the PRC’s comments were “false” and that USS Curtis Wilbur had “not been expelled from any country.”
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The South China Sea is rich in natural resources and is important for international trade. For years, it has been one of the hottest spots in East Asia.
China recognizes almost the entire waters as its territory, and controlling it is now one of Beijing’s main foreign policy goals. Chinese claims make claims against specific seas of Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan, and escalate tensions between Washington and Beijing.
Destructive USS Curtis Wilbur sailed across the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday, sparking strong opposition from the Chinese military. The PRC military has accused the United States of “sending the wrong signals to Taiwanese independence forces” and “deliberately disturbing the situation in the region.” The U.S. VII Navy described the voyage as routine.
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