U.S. Destroyer Comes Within 12 Nautical Miles of Chinese South China Sea Artificial Island.

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    After months of deliberation, the U.S. has sent a guided missile destroyer within 12 nautical miles of a Chinese artificial island in the South China Sea in a move that practically rejects Chinese claims to the reclaimed reefs and has inflamed Beijing.

    Late Monday USS Lassen (DDG-82) came within 12 nautical miles of Subi Reef — off the western coast of the Philippines — on which the Chinese have built a weather monitoring station and other facilities, said the Chinese Foreign Ministry via a report in The Associated Press.

    The Pentagon spokesman would not confirm the account to USNI News but said in a late Monday statement, “the United States is conducting routine operations in the South China Sea in accordance with international law. U.S. forces operate in the Asia-Pacific region on a daily basis, including in the South China Sea.”

    For its part the Chinese Foreign Ministry has said the move by the U.S. was provocative and threatened a commensurate response to the mission.

    “China will resolutely respond to any country’s deliberate provocations,” the Ministry said in a statement.
    “The actions of the U.S. warship have threatened China’s sovereignty and security interests, jeopardized the safety of personnel and facilities on the reefs, and damaged regional peace and stability.”

    While China has confirmed Lassen came within 12 nautical miles— the distance of a country’s internationally recognized maritime boundary — and was contacted via radio it’s unclear what the ship did while in proximity to the island.

    http://news.usni.org/2015/10/27/u-s...-artificial-island-beijing-threatens-response
     
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    A Indo US Vietnam tri lateral drill in "east sea" as vietnamese would call, should be the next step.
     
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    Pretense of nonchalance aside, the Chinese are fuming, though their anger is mostly impotent.

    War of words: Beijing fumes as US threatens to send more warships near disputed South China Sea islets

    Read this hilarious claim by the PLAN chief:

    China naval chief says minor incident could spark war in South China Sea

    We should just sit back for now and enjoy some popcorn. Lets see how things develop. Hope they get real interesting. :devil:
     
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    LOL.. I thought china would retaliate with their supa powa weapons :p
     
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    Yeah, but another Arleigh-Burke destroyer was humiliatingly escorted out of the sea by an unnamed PLAN 052D.
     
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    Power does not recognize insult, shame, good or bad.

    USA also did not go far into the islands only the outskirts near phillipines. That alone speaks to china's power.
     
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    Imagine 20 years down the line China doing same to US in the Pacific islands like gaum. These posturing aren't that impressive until there are more nation joining such protest or statement.
     
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    I wouldn't call that a humiliation. Every week Russia patrols Northern Europe just short of entering sovereign airspace and gets escorted.

    Humiliation would be if PLAN do the same to Hawaii. Just like when Akula class was patrolling gulf of Mexico, undetected.
     

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