US Navy-led missile destroyer claims China’s sovereignty over islands around islands South China Sea, said in a statement to the US Navy that such allegations violate international law and “pose a serious threat to the freedom of the navy.”
USS Benfold Around the Paracel Islands, known as the Xisha Islands in China, a ship called the Navy’s 7th Fleet, Lt. Mark Langford said in a statement.
Paracel are a group of 130 coral islands and small reefs in the northwest of the South China Sea. According to the CIA Factbook, they have no indigenous population to mention, only Chinese military garrisons consisting of 1,400 people.
The islands are also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan but have been in Chinese hands for more than 46 years. The islands have been reinforced with military facilities of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
A statement from the U.S. Navy said Benfold also objected to the allegations of Vietnam and Taiwan.
“All three claimants must obtain prior authorization or notification before a military ship enters an ‘innocent passage’ at sea, or in accordance with international law … the sea. Unilateral application of any authorization or prior notification requirement for passage. innocence is illegal, “said a statement from the U.S. Navy.
The demand for freedom of navigation is bound by the ship within a 19-kilometer territorial limit from the shores of a nation recognized by international law.
But the U.S. Navy has accused China of creating what it calls a “real base” that holds all the waters within the island chain, he said. Benfold was also against these allegations.
“International law does not allow continental states, such as the PRC (People’s Republic of China), to establish baselines around all groups of scattered islands,” the DY statement said.
“With these basic guidelines, the PRC has sought to capture more inland waters, land, sea, special economic zone, and continental shelf than is required by international law.”
China reacted angrily to their existence Benfold which she claims are her groundwater.
“The PLA Southern Theater Command has organized naval and air forces to alert, track and detach the ship with warnings,” a statement from the Chinese military said.
Why the South China Sea conflict is so important
“What the US has done is seriously undermining China’s sovereignty and security, and there is further strong evidence that it is pursuing maritime hegemony and the militarization of the South China Sea. “The sea and the ‘biggest destroyer’ is peace and stability in the South China Sea,” she said.
China dominates almost the entire South China Sea as its sovereign territory.