U.S. warship sails near islands claimed by China, angering Beijing

Pauline Gross
October 14, 2017

Three U.S. military officials told Reuters the USS Chafee, a guided-missile destroyer, carried out normal maneuvering operations to challenge "excessive maritime claims" in the Paracel archipelago, which is claimed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan.

Beijing-China has scrambled two fighter jets, a helicopter and a guided-missile frigate to deter a U.S. frigate which was nearing disputed islands in the South China Sea.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Defense Ministry announced that the US' actions would affect trust between both countries' militaries and could trigger "unwanted incidents".

The Huangshan guided-missile frigate, two J-11B fighter jets and one Z-8 helicopter were sent to counter the U.S. ship in the disputed South China Sea, China's Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Wednesday.

It added that the Huangshan guided-missile frigate, two J-11B fighter jets and one Z-8 helicopter had been sent to deter the U.S. ship from the region.

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China scrambled two fighter jets, a helicopter and a guided-missile frigate to deter United States missile frigate which was nearing disputed islands in the South China Sea on Tuesday.

The Paracel Islands are among a number of islets, reefs and shoals over which China and its neighbors have competing claims.

China usually claims to have "expelled" Navy ships on such missions and its relatively mild response this time suggested the Chafee had not entered what it claims are its territorial waters. In August, the USS John S. McCain sailed within 12 nautical miles of a man-made Chinese island, signalling the USA did not recognize Beijing's territorial claims there.

This comes after US President Donald Trump's requested China's cooperation in addressing North Korea's missile and nuclear programs during his UN speech during the General Assembly of the United Nations in September.

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