The US Navy denied a statement from the Xi Jinpíng regime, which said it had "expelled" the ship in an area that is in regional dispute: "These waters are beyond what China can claim."
A United States warship sailed through the Paracel Islands, in the disputed South China Sea, after crossing the Taiwan Strait, defying the protest of the Chinese regime, which claims those waters as its own against regional claims.
The US Navy's Seventh Fleet said the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur had carried out freedom of navigation operations in the vicinity of the Paracels, claimed by Beijing, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
In a report, he revealed: "Forbidden and heinous maritime cases in the South China Sea pose a severe warning to the freedom of the seas, including freedom of ships and overlight, free trade and economic opportunities for nations." Coast of the South China Sea. He further added that the United States' actions show that the waters are beyond what China can legally claim as its territorial waters.
Hours earlier, Xi Jinping's government had protested the navigation, claiming it had taken the ship out. As he pointed out, USS Curtis Wilbur entered their territorial waters illegally, and he reported that Chinese forces had mobilized to track and monitor the ship and alerted and deported him.
In addition, they accused the United States of increasing risks to regional security and described the naval maneuvers as "unprofessional and irresponsible."
The US response was immediate. The Seventh Fleet said the operation "secured the rights, rights and lawful uses of the sea understood in international law by challenging illegal restrictions on innocent passage."
The PLA's claim about this mission is false. He said in a statement that USS Curtis Wilbur was not expelled from any nation's territory. USS Curtis Wilbur carried out the FOOPP (Freedom of Navigation Operation) following international law and then resumed normal operations in international waters. "
The United States refuses to acknowledge China's claim to virtually the entire South China Sea. It regularly conducts what it calls freedom of navigation operations to enforce its right to navigate international waters. Vietnam also claims Paracels.
The second episode in a week
China on Wednesday issued a complaint about the Wilbur crossing the Taiwan Strait, also calling it a provocation that undermines peace and stability in the region.
Although the strait is in international waters, China claims Taiwan's self-government as its territory and considers the presence of the US Navy near the island as support for its democratically elected pro-independence government.
In addition to building the world's largest navy and coast guard by many ships, China has fortified its island holdings in the strategically vital South China Sea and created new island outposts by piling sand cement on coral reefs, topping them off with runways and other infrastructure.
It has ignored rival regional claims from its smaller neighbors, such as the Philippines and Vietnam, as well as an international arbitration ruling that has overturned most of China's claims in the South China Sea.
A China encouraged by the increase in US military operations in the area has raised increasing concern about a potential clash or confrontation, intentional or not.